Monday, September 5, 2011

Spanish Fries

Like fries?  Oh ya me too, big time!  But I’m really not good totally inadequate at deep frying and hate find the smell of the house afterwards a bit unpleasant.   OK, there are tons of frozen fries at every market but then I feel guilty because they are so greasy and after reading the labels, well I like to be able to pronounce what I’m eating.

So after lots of taste testing, a myriad of possible combinations later  I finally came up with Spanish Fries.  Baked not fried so that’s a good thing right?  But, not just thrown into the oven; oh no not this home cook.  That would have been just too simple; to tell the truth I tried that method and it fell a bit flat.

Here are the ingredients and the method.  You’ll only need 5 minutes at the most for prep, a sheet of parchment for your baking sheet for easy clean up, a bit of olive oil, salt and Spanish Sweet Paprika, oh yes, and baking potatoes!
You are going to LOVE these and they are soooo easy, the paprika give them some zing while the olive oil gives them just enough fried feeling to keep the most ardent french fry person happy.  Also they just happen to be a super healthy and filling after schoool snack!

1 baking potato per person
1 T. of olive oil per potato
½ t. Spanish Sweet Paprika per potato
½ t. salt or less per potato


Pre heat oven to 450
Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Scrub your potatoes and dry.
Cut lengthwise in half, then in half again and again until you have 8 slices from the half.
Repeat until all the potatoes are sliced.
Dry well with paper towels.
Toss potatoes in a large bowl with olive oil, paprika and salt to coat well.
Lay in SINGLE layer on the parchment paper.
Bake for 15 minutes and turn potatoes.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Serve hot.


  1. Ugh, I hate frying food - the smell, the mess, the oil...

    Like your baked version and the Spanish flair

  2. These fries look wonderful! I don't like frying either and I totally know what you mean about frozen fries. Homemade and baked is the way to go!

  3. Sounds like a great healthier alternative option for fries. I personally love all types of fries and this recipe may be one I will have to try. Thanks for sharing this :)