Recipe: Homemade Seasoned Oven Fries

by Jenn @ Frugal Upstate on May 14, 2010

Potatoes are an inexpensive staple food that all frugal folks should have in their pantry.  Use these potato wedges as a tasty and economical alternative side dish instead of your standard rice, noodles or mashed potatoes.   And of course because they are baked instead of deep fried they are much more healthy for your heart and you weight.

The hardest thing for me to remember is to leave myself enough time to make these when I’m putting together a meal-they need to bake for around 40 minutes, and I usually think of them 20 minutes before I want to put dinner on the table.

Want to get them prepped early? Peel and cut the potatoes earlier in the day, but then store them completely submerged in water. This will keep them from getting all nasty and brown. When you are ready to use them drain them well and pat them dry with a kitchen towel.

Homemade Seasoned Oven Fries

4 Large Potatoes
3 TBS Flour
1tsp garlic powder
1tsp onion powder
1tsp Seasoned Salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 TBS bacon drippings*

Preheat oven to 450.  Put bacon drippings in the pan & place in oven to melt.
Combine all ingredients except potatoes.  Place in a large plastic zippered bag or container with lid.
Scrub potatoes & cut into wedges.  They should be about 1/4 inch thick or so.
Add potatoes to the flour/spice mixture in batches and shake until they are coated.
Take pan out of oven and use a basting brush to ensure that the bacon drippings are distributed over the entire surface.
Place the potatoes on the pan in a single layer (important!) and bake for 35-40 minutes.  You may want to flip the wedges over every 1o minutes or so, or at the very least at the half way point.

Variations: go minimalistic and leave the flour/seasoning coating off-just use potato, bacon drippings & a little salt when you are done.

*Note: you can use vegetable oil or melted butter instead

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