Who doesn’t love French Fries? But who doesn’t also know that they don’t really qualify as the day’s vegetable — I mean, soaked in grease and dripping with calories.
But fast food doesn’t have to be bad food, and Yukon Gold “French Fries” are a low grease alternative that actually does qualify as something decent to eat — potatoes, when they’re not junked up, provide Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Potassium and Manganese — and they’re cheap.
While you can use any variety of potatoes for these baked fries, look for Yukon Golds, which have a buttery flavor and texture that is mmmmmm yummy. Yukon Golds come in all sizes, from a little smaller than a golf ball to “real sized,” what you’d expect a russet to look like.
8 Yukon Gold potatoes, 3-4 inches long or the equivalent
Cut the potatoes into 3/4 to 1 inch chunks. Generally, I slice the potato lengthwise into three slices; holding it together, I flip it 90 degrees and make three more slices. I then stack the lengthwise slices and cut one-inch wedges. It doesn’t have to look uniform, as long as my culinary student daughter, Tired of Being Youngest, isn’t in the room. Look at the chunks in the picture at the top of the page — just make something that looks like that.
Coat the wedges with olive oil. I lay the wedges, in one layer, on a greased cookie sheet and pour over a tablespoon or two of oil, then mix it in with my hands.
Sprinkle with salt.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Take out the pan and flip the potatoes with a pancake turner. Bake another 15 minutes. By now they’re done. If you want them browner, flip again and bake until the wedges are the color you want them to be.
These go great with a salad on the side; and if I’ve got the oven warmed up anyway, I toss in a frozen chicken thigh or breast and let it cook (in a separate pan, with a little chicken broth poured over the top) alongside the potatoes.
Potatoes are cheap, good food, and part of saving money is looking for cheap, good food that can be cooked and used in a variety of ways.
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