I live in Texas where summer lasts six months and, even in the winter, it is not often very cold outside. But today it was freezing, which is such a weird novelty for us. I truly love it. My husband was off work today too, so we hunkered into the sofa and watched Elf. It was so wonderfully cozy.
We've been eating leftovers all day, but when the movie was finished I was really craving something hot and salty in my mouth. *insert dirty joke here*
That's when a light bulb went on above my head and I declared, "French fries! I must have french fries!"
I made an obscenely huge platter of them, and it only cost mere pennies per fry. They were nice and greasy too, just like what you'd get at an old school "greasy spoon" diner, but they weren't fried. No sir, they were baked - and they were delicious! Here's how I did it...
5 medium to large-sized russet potatoes, cut into thick wedges
1/4 cup canola or sunflower oil
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Whisk oil, paprika, and garlic powder together in a large plastic bowl with a tight-fitting lid.
- Toss your potatoes into the bowl. Fit the lid on, and shake it all around until each 'tater is well-coated.
- Dump everything out onto a large baking sheet (or two, if you don't have enough room), and spread the fries around evenly.
- Bake for 15 minutes, then flip the fries and bake for another 10-20 minutes, depending on how dark or crisp you want them.
- Remove from the oven, and garnish with salt and pepper.
- Makes about 4 servings.