Who knew National French Fry day was a thing?  I was overjoyed when I found out this information because I love a good french fry.  Imagine the perfectly crisp outside with the light and tender inside, so hot from the fryer you need to dunk in ketchup to cool them down.  Does this make your mouth water?

I typically only enjoy french fries when I’m out to eat but thought, why not make them at home?  I have 3 different recipes to share with you today and because french fries come in many different shapes, each is a different variety.

 

Oven Baked French Fries are crispy, crunchy, salty, and complement any meal nicely.  I also like that they are baked and not deep fried, so they are slightly healthier to enjoy.

Start by washing, peeling, and slicing the potatoes.  Add the fries to a large bowl filled with water and let them soak for about 30 minutes, but they can soak for as long as overnight.

After the fries have soaked; drain, rinse and lay the fries on a paper towel to dry.  Blot the tops of the fries to remove any excess moisture.

Preheat the oven, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and spray with non-stick cooking spray.  Combine all the seasoning ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

Add the fries to a separate bowl and drizzle with olive oil.  Toss to combine, then add 1 Tbsp of the seasoning mixture, and toss to combine again.

Evenly line the baking pan with fries in a single layer.  Bake for about 30 minutes, flipping after about 15 minutes of baking.  One the 30 minutes is up, turn up the heat to 425 degrees and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until the edges are crispy.

Sprinkle the fries with the rest of the seasoning mixture and top with a Parmesan cheese.  Enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce!

The recipe can be found here.

Seasoned Potato Wedges are an easy side that are pretty effortless.  I love how thick the wedges are because you get a decent amount of potato in each bite, and the outside has a great texture.

Start by preheating the oven and spraying a baking sheet with non-stick spray.

Wash the potatoes but don’t peel them – the crust gets crispy and is super delicious!  Slice the potatoes in half lengthwise, then slice each half into 4-6 wedges, depending on how thick you want each one.

Add the wedges to a Ziplock bag with the oil and seasonings and shake to coat.

Then spread the wedges in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve with your favorite dipping sauce!

The recipe can be found here.

Cajun Potato Rounds make a terrific appetizer or side dish.   I can’t get enough of them!  They are baked instead of fried so they are slightly healthier and the round shape is great for dipping (if you ask me) 🙂  You can adjust the baking time to make the outside more crispy or lighter and flaky, depending on how you want them cooked.

Start by preheating the oven and lining 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Wash, dry and slice the potatoes into 1/6” rounds.  Add to a bowl and toss with olive oil.  Then place in a single layer on the baking sheets.

Season with salt, pepper, and Cajun seasoning (or substitute another seasoning of your liking).  Flip over and season the other side.

Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.  I think the tang of Ketchup complements the Cajun flavoring nicely with these potatoes.

The recipe can be found here.

These are all yummy recipes and make great side dish options or can eaten as a meal on their own.  What better way to celebrate Nation French Fry day than with a variety of homemade fries!  Enjoy!

Happy Cooking!

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