Skinny Fries




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Skinny Fries are crispy and delicious without the calories | theviewfromgreatisland.com

These Skinny Fries are skinny in every sense of the word — thin and crispy, baked in healthy olive oil with lots of flavor and no salt — there’s no doubt about it, fries are back on the table!

Skinny Fries --- oven baked to crispy perfection | theviewfromgreatisland.com

Just like you, I have a crispy problem.  It all started with tortilla and potato chips, then morphed into an obsession with all kinds of fried foods, (topping the list right now is tempura) but every once in a while I summon the will power to say enough’s enough.  These Skinny Fries feed my obsession without the guilt.  And in case you forgot, potatoes are very healthy — they’re in the same family as tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers — and I’m sure nobody ever called them junk food.  Potatoes are low calorie, high in fiber, and full of vitamins, go potatoes!

Oven baked Skinny Fries will satisfy your craving for something crisp without sacrificing your diet ~ theviewfromgreatisland.comSkinny Fries are crispy and delicious without the calories | theviewfromgreatisland.com

To make Skinny Fries I took a clean dry russet potato and sliced it lengthwise on a mandoline slicer to a thickness of 1/4 inch.  Don’t peel the potato, the skin is full of fiber, flavor, and texture.  Then I take my knife and cut each slice into 1/4 inch matchsticks.  I toss them in a bit of olive oil and spread them out on a baking sheet.   Single file only, please, you want them to crisp, not steam.

Slicing up russet potatoes for Skinny Fries | theviewfromgreatisland.comBaking russet potatoes for Skinny Fries | theviewfromgreatisland.com

They bake at a high heat (400F) for about 20 minutes, then flip and rearrange, and bake for another 5-10 minutes.  When they come out I toss them with fresh lemon zest and fresh minced rosemary.  Go ahead and add salt if you like, I’m not looking…

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Skinny Fries
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Yield: serves 1 or 2

Skinny Fries are crispy and delicious without the calories | theviewfromgreatisland.com

Ingredients

  • 1 russet potato, scrubbed and dried
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • lemon zest
  • finely minced rosemary
  • salt

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 400F
  2. Slice the potato lengthwise into 1/4 inch slices. The easiest way to do this is on a mandoline slicer. Cut each of those slices into 1/4 inch strips.
  3. Put the potato strips in a bowl and toss with about a tablespoon of olive oil, making sure get them all coated. You can add a little more oil if you like.
  4. Spread them out on a baking sheet in a single layer, they shouldn't be touching each other. I lined my sheet with a piece of parchment.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, then toss rearrange/flip the fries and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes, until browned and crisp.
  6. Scatter the hot fries with the lemon zest and rosemary and eat!

notes:

  • You can make these more or less skinny by how much oil you toss them in.  Use a little more oil than I specified, and then hit them with salt when they come out of the oven and you’ll have a more traditional fry experience.
  • There are so many seasonings to try — chili powder, garlic powder, lemon pepper, curry … dig around in your spice cabinet, you’ll come up with all kinds of ideas.

 

 

 

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These Skinny Fries are skinny in every sense of the word — thin and crispy, baked in healthy olive oil with lots of flavor and no salt — there’s no doubt about it, fries are back on the table! theviewfromgreatisland.com

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  • Reply
    Susan
    June 11, 2016 at 10:32 am

    This is just how I make my fries but I love your addition of the lemon and rosemary! Going to try that next time now that I have rosemary growing in the garden for the summer ;) I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love crispy fries!

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    DAVID M. DUNN
    June 10, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    I have been doing fries in my oven for a while and I totally agree with you. The differences between my recipes are small, but telling.
    I prepare the potato the day before, and place the thin slices in cold water and refrigerate overnight. This allows the starch to combine with the water. I drain the water and top them off with more water. I want the second soak to be at least an hour before baking. I drain them and dry them. I salt them once dry and then I bake them at 500 degrees for a shorter time. They are great.
    Thanks for all the hard work you do in sharing your work with us.

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 10, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      I’ll have to try that next time David, the higher heat sounds interesting, and since we like our fries extra crispy, that might work great!

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    June 7, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    These fries are my dream, I’m all about thin and crispy! And that touch of lemon and rosemary is perfection!

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    Sara
    June 7, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Great idea to use a mandolin to make them thin enough to up the crispy factor!!

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    Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners
    June 7, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Wow, these are so easy to do! Love this, Sue, and the lemon zest is such a wonderful addition. Can’t wait to eat these!!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    June 7, 2016 at 8:08 am

    They look so crispy!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    June 6, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Love these. Skinny fries are also perfect for dipping!

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 6, 2016 at 8:06 pm

      Oh don’t get me started on dipping sauces…;)

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    June 6, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    I need a fry fix now! These look wonderful and I love how thin you cut them – I bet the are crispy crunchy and delicious! Perfect with rosemary – pinning!

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    June 6, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Lol, SO glad to know I’m not the only one with a crispy problem! ;) LOVE these fries, Sue!! And since they are skinny I can totally eat my weight in them, right? These look dangerously delicious! Cheers, friend!

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    Tracy | Baking Mischief
    June 6, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Mmmmmmm. Crispy fries? Yes please! This has me craving a plate of fries at 9 in the morning,..

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 6, 2016 at 9:03 am

      Well, if you can have hash browns for breakfast, why not fries?

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    Peter
    June 6, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I so like how you made these. No one would know they are not fried. These are perfect. I love the look of them – just like in a diner.

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 6, 2016 at 9:04 am

      You know Peter, that’s a good point, once the fries get that crisp, you really can’t tell the difference — yay :)

  • Reply
    Tara
    June 6, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Love skinny fries! Absolutely gorgeous photos and I love that you made them skinny all around with the toppings and baking.

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    Chris Scheuer
    June 6, 2016 at 7:52 am

    I could probably eat my weight in these. Would they still quality as “skinny”? They look amazing!

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 6, 2016 at 7:58 am

      One potato makes a pretty good serving, so make two if you don’t want to share!

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    Vicky @ Avocado Pesto
    June 6, 2016 at 7:31 am

    I like you am also obsessed with all things crunchy and crispy and yes tempura is the BEST! And I am an ultimate potato lover so this is the recipe for me! Pinning and yumming : ))

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    Katie Crenshaw
    June 6, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Oh wow!!! I am french fry junkie!!!! They are one of my weaknesses! This healthy version looks AMAZING!!!! Never thought to add lemon zest and rosemary! That is brilliant! I will definitely try this!

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