"Oven Baked" French Fries

I don’t know about you, but I have a SERIOUS weakness when it comes to french fries! I never order them out, but I ALWAYS steal them off my husbands plate (I pretend the calories don’t count that way). My favorite kind of fries are carnival fries…the ones that come in a cup and you pour vinegar and ketchup over top of them…yep, the REAL greasy ones that are just NO good for me!
I have found a way to give into my taste buds AND be nice to my body all at the same time..This is such an easy recipe for oven baked fries. It cuts out the “frying” and doesn’t give you that heavy “I just ate something I shouldn’t have” feeling. My entire family LOVES these!!!
(If you don’t have a slicer, it is okay…I have cut potatoes for years using just a sharp knife)
 The slicer I use is the professional multi-chopper @ Williams Sonoma http://www.williams-sonoma.com I received it as a gift, but it is priced reasonably-I use it every day!)
Slice 5-6 baking potatoes like so..
Lay out fries on a baking sheet- if your baking sheets are small, you may need to disperse them on 2 sheets 
Drizzle with olive oil
Sprinkle with Sea Salt (or regular table salt) 
Bake at 425 for 45 mins (flipping every so often)
MMMM!!!! A great side to casual week day dinner
(We had these tonight with turkey and swiss ciabatta sandwiches!) 
Oven Baked French Fries
4-5 baking potatoes
2 Tbsp olive oil

2 tsp sea salt (or table salt)
Pre-heat oven to 425. Wash and dry potatoes and slice lengthwise into strips. Lay out sliced potatoes on  a baking rack. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake in oven for 45 mins, flipping fries half way through. Serve with ketchup! MMMmm!
Enjoy! ~Janelle

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  1. Sonya Schroeder says:

    Now this is what I am talking about!!! I LOVE me some fries!! Now I wont feel so guilty eating them. Ill get my points for them!!! lol

  2. Baked fries in the oven are a wonderful treat! I just bought a bag of sweet potatoes to make into fries later this week. Delicious!

  3. I do oven baked fries and love them! The only thing I do differently is soak them in water with a couple of tablespoons of sugar for about 20 minutes. Then pat them dry and put them on the baking sheet and drizzle with oil and put the salt on them.

    The sugar water draws out the liquid from the potatoes so that when you put them in the oven they crisp instead of steam. It really does make them crispier (if you like crispy fries). I like them better than any fries you can get at a fast food place!

    (I got my recipe from a weight watchers cookbook)


  4. Love your site, and these sound delish, not to mention eaZ-y!! I'm going to try the sweet potato version, as well! And, I do have a question for you or anyone that might read this … would you, by chance, have a recipe for baked potato chips? I have 10 lbs. of Russet potatoes that I need to do something with, and quick! 🙂

  5. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Kellie, what a GREAT tip! Thank you!!! Sweet potato fries sound sooo good girls! MMM! Thanks Deborah, I did a quick search and this recipe looks like a winner. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/cracked-pepper-potato-chips-with-onion-dip-recipe2/index.html I also would recommend making this soup with those potatoes- it is sooo good! http://womenlivingwell-courtney.blogspot.com/2010/09/tasty-tuesdays-baked-potato-soup.html

  6. Anonymous says:

    Sweet Potatoe fries is one that I am trying this week. I have been trying to {really} watch what I eat { i think more of watching it go into my mouth..LOL}.Thanks for the tip and recipe I am going to try this with sweet potatoes.

    God Bless you!

  7. Dear Janelle, I love this sort of fries and make often with potatoes or sweet potatoes.
    Blessings from France

  8. I have that cutter and love it! I will have to try the oven baked fries since I started a new diet 3 days ago.

  9. Ammie @ domesticallyobsessed.com says:

    I adore oven baked fries. With this pregnancy, I eat fries like it's my BUS-NASS. Emphasis on the last part as that is the anatomy that is GROWING exponentially. This made me really hungry. *scurrying off to hoard potatoe chips as there are no fries in my house!*

  10. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Lol, Ammie…Ahhhh….those pregnancy cravings, I remember them well…I still get them and I am not even pregnant! HA!

  11. Hi Janelle

    I use this recipe for years, too and my children like these fries even more than the precooked ones you can buy :-). If you want to use even less oil, just put the potatoe sticks in a big bowl, put two big spoons of oil and a tablespoon of salt in and mix – then put on the baking sheet. You need even less fat/oil and salt but have the same result! Have to do them next week!!!

  12. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Great idea Katja! Yes, I like them waaay better than precooked.

  13. 21st Century Housewife© says:

    These look wonderful, and so much healthier than store bought. I love your potato slicer!

    Thank you so much for linking up to Feed Me, Tweet Me, Follow Me Home, Janelle. Have a lovely weekend with your family.

  14. a moderate life says:

    Hi Janelle! I am visiting you from Feed me tweet me follow me home and I am now following your blog on google friend find! What a lovely blog! I am actually baking scratch biscuits tonight with my girls to take to our church's winter homeless shelter. I see how much you do for your ministry! What a blessing! I hope you stop by our hearth and soul hop to link up a recipe on tuesdays at a moderate life because I think you would fit right in! I also hope more of your friends will visit our foodie oriented follow linky at http://bit.ly/gEqoOM to gain more friends! All the best to you! Alex

  15. Tanya (a Taste of T) says:

    Fun. I want a fry cutter.

    <3, New Follower

  16. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Welcome Tanya!

  17. I always use frozen french fries because i have nothing to make my fries thin lol
    But i ALWAYS bake my french fries. I saw my Mammaw doing it and they were delish so I decided to do it and it is the only way i eat french fries now 🙂

  18. I'm your newest follower! I make those same fries, yours looks delish!! Now I just need to get a fry cutter! 🙂 Looking forward to following you!

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