Crispy Baked French Fries

French fries are my Kryptonite. I seriously CANNOT control myself around a pile of crispy fried potatoes. I even went a whole month back in 2009 without fries, just to prove I could do it. Because of my love affair with fries, we don’t ever make them at home.

Crisy Baked Seasoned French Fries

But then I made that homemade curry ketchup… And I was doomed. I started searching for a recipe that would mimic my favorite qualities of a good fry without the frying. I know, I know. Fries that aren’t fried just aren’t the same. But I was determined to find a way to bake fries and have them turn out crispy. And, what’s a good fry without some seasoning on them!

Crisy Baked Seasoned French Fries

I pulled from a combination of ideas I came across while research. After a few trial and error batches, here’s what I came up with.

First, season the heck out of your fries. I tried a couple different variations of seasonings and liked this combination the best. Definitely tailor it to fit your likes. By brushing more of the oil/seasoning mixture on while you flip the fries, you’re going to get more of the seasoning to stick to the fries.

Crisy Baked Seasoned French Fries

Next, use a rack to cook your fries on. This ensures the potatoes aren’t sitting in the oil and can get crisp all the way around. I use the same method of placing a cooling rack over paper towels when I do bacon in the oven, so I’m familiar with the concept. And, no, your paper towels won’t start a fire in your oven.

Crisy Baked Seasoned French Fries

Last, be sure to toss the fries at least once or twice while they’re baking. This will help to evenly cook the fries.

Once I came up with a recipe that I liked, it’s been hard not to make these on a regular basis to feed my french fry habit. So far, I’ve been able to stay strong, but writing up this post is making me want to bake up another batch tonight…

Crisy Baked Seasoned French Fries

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Crispy Baked French Fries

Baked fries can be crispy!

Yield: Serves 2


1 russet potato
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2-3/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp smoked paprika


Preheat oven to 450F.

Line a large rimmed baking sheet with paper towels. Place a cooling rack on top of paper towels. Spray racks with non-stick spray.

Cut potato in even strips.

In a shallow dish, combine the oil and seasoning. Add the potato pieces and toss to coat. Keep remaining oil/seasoning.

Spread fries onto cooling rack on baking sheet.

Cook for 25-35 minutes until done. Every 10 minutes, turn fries to ensure even baking and brush more seasoning/oil onto the fries.

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7 Responses to “Two Potato Chowder”

  1. #
    Jen — February 17, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Oh can’t wait to try this. Thanks for the recipe.

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    oneordinaryday — February 17, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    I like the idea of adding sweet potatoes! It looks very comforting and hearty for a cold winter day.

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    Joanne — February 18, 2010 at 12:50 am

    I love that this chowder has sweet potatoes in it! That alone ramps it up to a need-to-try-immediately status.

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    Catherine — February 18, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    I made it last night! I didn’t have chicken stock, so I used beef stock – still good. The dash of cayenne is great and I loved that it has sweet potatoes! Brought the leftovers for lunch today 🙂 Yummy!

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    nutmegnanny — February 19, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I have never had potato soup with sweet potatoes. It looks awesome! The bacon and cheese on top is definitely a necessity 🙂

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    Nancy — March 5, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Great chowder. I loved the creaminess of it. I added chopped carrots to it, they were a nice addition. I served it vegetarian style, without the bacon on top, and it was still yummy.n

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    Kel — March 7, 2010 at 1:14 am

    I made this for dinner tonight. The sweet potato is a great addition!

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