Oven Fries

You know this is a great recipe when Hubs announced twice “man these potatoes are good” with no mention of the Dijon mustard slathered beer brat on the other side of the plate.

Today is the day for the September Secret Recipe Club reveal. This month’s top secret mission sent me over to Louisa’s blog Living Lou. Louisa lives in Toronto and started blogging in May of 2010 at the age of seventeen. Really nice blog.

Being that I’m currently going through my “can’t take a good photo to save my life” phase, I couldn’t help but notice and be inspired by her photography. And scrolling through her recipes, I found that I had quickly made a list of twelve different things I’d like to make. How was I going to choose?

A photo of potatoes will always stop me in my tracks…

…and throw in pictures of a puppy in the same post, and…well, my mind was made up. I love, love, love that first photo of little Sophie running at full speed, ears back in determination to catch up with Louisa’s mom. The center photo, a face of confidence running towards the camera.  And how about that last shot, leaning into the turn like a professional racer. And I picture Louisa laying flat on the ground to get these shots. :)


Sophie, Louisa’s little Yorkie/Maltese mix puppy, looks a lot like my little Yorkie Chili, when he was a pup. This is Chili and his “Cheerio Please!” face.

Potatoes and pups…I better get back to the potatoes portion of this post before I’m in trouble with the organizers of this project.  :)

I had planned a meal of brats for this Saturday night, I thought it perfect to watch the baseball playoffs and was on the search for a simple side dish. Lou’s photo of oven fries with the ketchup in the background jumped right off the computer screen! I’ve grilled potato wedges but haven’t baked them. And I thought her simple seasoning sounded like perfect combo for the potatoes. These were delicious and I now have a go-to recipe in my database for baked fries. This no fuss recipe browned up beautifully and the flavors were delicious. Thanks for the recipe, Louisa…it’s a real keeper.

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Oven Fries
Serves: 2-4
  • 2 lbs potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ¾ tsp dried parsley
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Toss potato wedges in olive oil. Add spices, toss to coat.
  3. Arrange, in one layer, on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.
  4. A super easy, and tasty side dish or snack. I love to dip them in a lot of ketchup. Mmm!

Oven Fries…They’re What’s for a Side Dish.

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  1. says

    Those “fries” look divine, girl! And the photo is good, too. (so there) I bought a sack of potatoes from Costco that are just sitting in my pantry teasing me. Going to make these for a side dish to the pulled pork sandwiches I was planning for tonight’s game. The doggie pics are adorable!

    • Lea Ann says

      Well I’m getting better. I’ll remember how to run that point and shoot about the time my DSLR comes back. Pulled Pork???? omg that sounds good.

  2. says

    Don’t be so hard on yourself– your photos are really nice! They draw me into your post and make me want to look around at more recipes. I like this recipe and idea of baking the fries. I never have much luck with frying things and get scared of the hot oil. This is the way to go.

    • Lea Ann says

      AND if you don’t get the oil hot enough, then you have a greasy end result. I’m sticking with baking for fries.

  3. says

    AWWhhh, I’m in love with that little puppy, just adorable and great photos! There is nothing better than great Fries and this recipe is awesome! Great selection for the SRC.
    Miz Helen

  4. says

    Cute puppy shots LA. You’s look good, but I’ve yet to make oven fries that I really like as they always turn out with a dry chewy outside and a dryer than I want inside, but if you guys liked them, I’ll give them a try. Did you use waxy or baking potatoes?

    • Lea Ann says

      hmmmmm… well, this is the first time I’ve tried them. I grabbed just plain ol Russett potatoes. However, one of them had very yellow skin, so I’m thinking a Yukon gold snuck into the wrong bin. These were crispy on the outside and tender on the inside and with great flavor. I thought they were a tad greasy because I had too much olive oil in the bowl when I coated them. (Didn’t measure). And the oven temperature was 400 degrees. I thought that helped for a good sear. Also, I cleaned them good with a brush and mostly left the skin on. Just peeling away some of the parts that were messy.

  5. says

    Is there anything better than a crispy, seasoned potato fry? I think not! This sounds like a wonderful recipe and with your husband’s testimonial one worth trying. Love the action shots and that adorable pooch!

  6. says

    It was wonderful to meet you again. I wish I didn’t live this far North from you all. I love those gorgeous oven potatoes. I think these will work for the teen sleepover tonight.

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