Spicy Oven Fries

When afternoon snack-time rolled around today, I happened to be at home but didn't really have anything to snack on. Then I thought about how good french fries sounded, and decided to make some homemade Spicy Oven Fries---which I have been making for myself since I was 12! These are much healthier than deep-fat fried ones, and have a lot more flavor too from all of the spices. Any spices will do for these, but herbs must be dried, because fresh herbs become blackened when they're roasted at a high temperature. Make sure to crush any dried herb in your palm to help release the oils. Though it may seem strange to spray the cookie sheet and toss the potatoes with oil, the oil on the potatoes isn't enough and they will definitely stick, so be sure to give the pan a thorough coating of cooking spray. These fries can be served as a snack, appetizer, or as a side dish.

Uncooked potatoes, ready to go into the oven!

Spicy Oven Fries

1 lb potatoes (about 1 large or 2 medium)
1/4 tsp salt + more, to taste
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp dried parsley
ground cayenne pepper, to taste (optional)
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
cooking spray
fresh cilantro for garnishing, ketchup or other sauces for dipping

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
2. Cut the potatoes into thick matchsticks. You should be able to get about 30 fries or more from 1 lb of potatoes.
3. Line a large cookie sheet with foil. Spray the foil with cooking spray. Place the potatoes on the sheet and toss them with the salt, black pepper, chili powder, parsley, olive oil and cayenne (if desired). Spread the potatoes out so for the most part they aren't touching.
4. Bake the potatoes on the middle rack of the oven for 20 minutes. *Toss them and bake another 20 minutes or until they are crispy and golden. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with a little more salt, if desired. Remove the fries to a serving dish and sprinkle with chopped fresh cilantro.

*Note: for extra-crispy fries, turn the heat to 475 after flipping and then cook for 10-15 minutes.

Servings per recipe: 2
Per servings:
Calories: 180
Fat: 2.6 g
Saturated fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 312 mg
Carbohydrates: 36.4 g
Fiber: 5.9 g
Sugar: 2.7 g
Protein: 4.0 g

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