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Thank you for visiting my blog...and for allowing me to share with you my addiction. I love to collect recipes. I love to read cookbooks. I have been collecting recipes for as long as I can remember, and on any given day there are one or two (or more!) cookbooks residing on my nightstand!

This blog is chronicling my adventure as I fulfill my resolution of trying (at least) one new recipe each week. I hope that you enjoy!

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Baked Not Fried French Fries

My boys have been bugging me for hamburgers for dinner for what seems like forever.  I love a good homemade hamburger, but to me, they are a summer thing.  A juicy BBQ burger, sitting out on the patio, beer in hand....ahhhh...summer, come soon!

Anyways, I finally "caved" today and said yes to their request, so I made my hamburger patties for my husband to grill, and this time I decided to make some homemade fries.  Armed with sweet potatoes and yellow potatoes from the pantry, I put together a little "baked not fried" french fries.  Here's what I did:

1 sweet potato
2 yellow potatoes
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 450F.

Wash sweet potato and yellow potatoes, clear away any blemishes, but do not peel.  Cut into fry-sized pieces and put into a large bowl.

Drizzle olive oil over the cut potatoes.   Add in the red pepper flakes, paprika, garlic, chili powder, basil, salt and pepper, stir well to coat.

Spread onto a foil-lined cookie sheet.  Bake for 20 minutes at 450F.  Take fries out of the oven and flip.  Return fries to the oven, reduce heat to 400F and continue baking for another 15-20 minutes, or until the fries are done to your liking.

VERDICT:
These were oh-so yummy.  We enjoyed them very much, and it was so nice to know exactly what seasonings were on the fries.  They had a little bit of a kick and a little bit of a smoky flavour, which we enjoyed.  Sure, they are a teensy bit more prep than ripping open a bag of frozen fries and baking them in the oven, but they are so worth it!  I'll be doing these again, and am already thinking about other spice combinations to try :-)

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57 comments:

  1. You can never have enough garlic in my book. Just love it! The Chili flakes add a nice kick, too. I want to try this recipe!

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    1. I agree on the garlic, though I've had to scale back my garlic intake with our baby, he's not a big fan :-) Thanks for stopping by, Andrea!

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  2. Love sweet potatoes fries. Very delicious recipe :) It would be great with some Southern fried chicken or wings. This is making me hungry, arghhh....

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    1. Sounds like a great pairing! Thanks Barbara for visiting my blog :-) Have a great weekend!

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  3. Yum! Must try! I've never had a potatoe prepared a way I didn't like, so I love the idea of baking fries!

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    1. Hi Ashleigh! These are sure tasty - I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

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  4. That looks yummy! My kids love sweet potato fries. New follower :)

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    1. Hi Micki! Great to have you join me in my addiction :-) Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!

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  5. I love sweet potatoes but they make me so bloated it hurts :( But I would love to try it. Here, I just boil, peel and eat it.

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    1. Oh, I wish you could try them and not be in pain. Darn!! I do appreciate you stopping bu though!

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  6. I can't wait to try these fries! They look sooo good..and we love sweet and yellow potatoes!
    Thank you for sharing!!

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  7. Good Morning
    I will be trying these fries. Great recipe.

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    1. Thank you Carol, I hope you like them as much as we did!

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  8. Oh boy, these look so good! I love sweet potato fries but I've never thought to cover them in spices! I also hate frying things at home (to be honest, I'm more put off by the smell than the calories!) so these would be perfect!

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    1. Thanks Rachel! We thought these were pretty tasty, sure hope you do too! Have a great night, and thanks for stopping by!

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  9. This is a great recipe!
    I love sweet potatoes and I prefer baking than frying (prefer the taste this way)

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  10. These look delicious! I love that they are baked. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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    1. Thank you Lisa, and you're welcome! Thanks for hosting!

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  11. Yum! I'll be pinning this. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You're welcome, and thanks for pinning! Hope you enjoy them :-)

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  12. I love combination of your seasonings for the fries. I am going to try this! Thanks

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    1. Oh good! I hope you like them Paula, we sure did! Have a great night!

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  13. Thanks for linking to Must Try Monday. I make homemade fries a lot, but I've never ventured to sweet potato fries. I need to do so.

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    1. Sweet potato fries are a huge trend in the restaurants here, we love them, and love them more now that I've tried baking them at home! Thanks for hosting, and have a super night!

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  14. YUM. Baked fries are always the perfect go-to appetizer. Your recipe looks delicious!
    ~Jennifer
    www.anteancorr.blogspot.com

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  15. Those look delicious! I'm pinning this recipe!

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    1. Hope you enjoy them Jessica! Thanks for pinning :-)

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  16. I LOVE sweet potato fries!
    We'd love if you linked this up to our Beautify It Monday link party going on now - bringingbeauty.blogspot.com/2012/04/beautify-it-monday-2.html

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    1. Thanks for the invitation! I'm all linked up :-)

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  17. Featuring you this week from Must Try Monday!

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    1. Wow! Thank you Carrie!! :-) I'm so excited :-)

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  18. What a great recipe for Baked Fries, I can't wait to give these a try. Hope you have a wonderful Easter Celebration and thank you so much for sharing at Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you Miz Helen! Love sharing at your party. I wish you a wonderful Easter too!

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  19. These look amazing! I love your blog...great yumminess here! I'm following you on GFC and Bloglovin so I don't miss any deliciousness. I'd love for you to come and visit my blog sometime. Have a great end of week!

    Marilyn
    4you-withlove.blogspot.com

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    1. Wow, thank you Marilyn! Very happy to follow you back...I was your #200! Have a fantastic weekend!

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  20. YUM. Sweet Potatoes hafta be one of my favorite things...this is a great alternative to marshmallows on top.

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  21. These look so good. I make my fries this way. So much better then fried. I'll have to try the sweet potatoes. Have a great weekend.I'm a linky follower, would you like to follow me back? Diane MamamlDiane.com

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    1. Thanks so much Diane! Happy to follow you back :-) Have a great Easter weekend!

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  22. These fries sound amazing! thanks so much for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks so much Bridget! And thanks for stopping by - hope to see you again!

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  23. Nothing like a great burger and of course fries! great recipe!

    www.cancerinthecity.com

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    1. Thank you! And I agree :-) especially when they are all homemade!

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  24. These sound delicious :) Thanx for sharing!

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  25. Those look so good!!! Yum!

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    1. Thanks so much! And thanks for stopping by, hope you come again!

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  26. These actually look pretty similar to my fried french fries which will help in me actually try to pull them off with the family. Thanks for sharing! Now following.

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    1. Good luck! I'd love to hear if you pull it off! Thanks for stopping by and joining the fun :-)

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  27. Thanks for linking up with Show Your Stuff. I have made something similar to this using onion soup mix.

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    1. You're welcome Julie! Thanks for sharing your idea about onion soup mix!

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  28. I love that you used two different kinds of potatoes. That's a great idea! These would be a hit win our house too. I'm totally going to try this. I'm with you, though, Hamburgers are a summer thing. ;-)

    Sorry it took me so long to stop by. Thanks so much for linking up for Friday Food Fight.

    Here's this week's link:

    http://deniseisrundmt.com/2012/04/13/potato-balls/

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    1. Hi Denise! Thanks for checking out the recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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  29. I just made this for dinner and we loved it. I love homemade french fries! thanks for sharing!

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