Crispy Baked French Fries

crispy baked fries
Dana Angelo White
Total Time 50 min
Prep 10 min, Cook 40 min
Yield 8 cups (194 cals for 2 cups)

Fried foods are often what those who experience heartburn miss the most. Instead of greasy French fries, switching to a baked version is better for symptoms and it slashes the fat and calories.

A medium order of fast food fries comes in at almost 400 calories and 17 grams of fat per serving. This recipe has only 194 calories and 4 grams of fat. Say hello to crunchy fries and bye-bye to heartburn flare ups.

Ingredients

  • 4 medium russet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Scrub potatoes well to remove any dirt, leaving the skins on.
  4. Slice longways into large slices.
  5. Cut again into evenly sized sticks.
  6. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Toss well to distribute the seasoning.
  9. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, tossing once or twice during cooking.
  1. When golden and crisp, remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.

Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

Leave the skin on the potatoes to take advantage of all the vitamins and minerals they contain. To add a kick of flavor season with chili powder, herb salt, or even a few shakes of dried thyme.

Cooking and Serving Tips

If you want to prepare the potatoes ahead of time, slice into fries and store in a bowl of cool water to prevent the potatoes from turning brown. When ready to bake drain and pat dry before placing on the sheet plan.

Lining the pan with parchment paper not only makes for easy clean up, it prevents the potatoes from sticking when using a small amount of oil.

If tomatoes trigger heartburn symptoms for you, control the amount of ketchup or barbecue sauce you dip these fries into—a few tablespoons max should suffice. If you want to avoid these sauces altogether, opt for a bit of guacamole instead.

Keep the portion controlled here too. Even though avocados add healthy fats to your side, the creaminess may trigger heartburn for some, too. Hummus or a bit of yogurt sauce also make great dips.

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