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Baked French Fries

Serves 4 to 6

There are times when only French fries will go with a meal, but you just do not feel like going through the frying process or you want to keep it lighter. Don't reach for that store-bought bag in the freezer. The only work involved with making your own baked potatoes is scrubbing and cutting, which takes just a few minutes. They taste much better and you get to control the ingredients. This recipe makes a quick, easy and delicious side dish that is well worth the little extra effort.

Ingredients

Preheat oven to 475° F. Lightly grease or spray two large baking sheets. Scrub potatoes. (Peeling is optional.) Cut into 1/4 to 1/2-inch sticks, depending on desired thickness, by first making slices, then stacking the slices, about 3 at a time, to cut into sticks. Place in bowl; toss with oil and salt until evenly coated. Place in one layer on baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn fries with spatula and switch racks in oven. Continue to bake until well browned and crispy, about 25 minutes depending on size. Sprinkle with additional salt to taste and serve immediately.

Notes: The potato used most often for baked fries is the russet or baking potato, but Yukon gold works equally well. This recipe can be made in any amount desired.