Here's an oxymoron: baked, not fried fries. Baking them makes a typically unhealthy snack much healthier without losing its familiar, delicious, french fry taste.
- Wash potatos and slice lengthwise into 1⁄2-inch slices.
Cut the slices into french fry strips (skin may be left on).
- Place in a Pyrex baking dish or bowl and sprinkle with salt and paprika to taste. Toss until evenly coated.
Place in microwave and cook for approximately 5 minutes, or until tender but not shriveled or dry.
Nonmicrowave Option: Steam 10 minutes on the stove.
- Place precooked potatoes on a lightly oiled or lined cookie sheet and bake at 450°F for approximately 15 minutes, or until crispy brown and puffy— watch carefully so they don’t burn.
Hint: Potatoes may be baked without precooking in the microwave, thus eliminating step 3. But precooking speeds the baking and results in a nicer texture and appearance.
Option: Lightly brush the potatoes with olive oil before baking, you can also try sprinkling them with spices such as rosemary.
Ready in: about 30 minutes