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Oven baked french fries are lower in fat and calories than deep fried potatoes and you can even bake them in your toaster oven.
French fries are a favorite snack of mine. Truth be told, they’re my not-so-secret addiction. Whether it’s enjoying a heaping pile of fries along with a fully-loaded, juicy hamburger served with a chocolate shake or as a stand-alone order all by themselves, french fries are heavenly to me.
While I thoroughly enjoy eating french fries, I do try not to over-indulge. French fries are usually fried after all, which means they contain more calories and more fat than I’d like to consume. However, when you bake “french fries” in the oven, you eliminate most of the fat and calories and they taste great.
For single or smaller servings, I make these Toaster Oven French Fries.
Potatoes are low in calories and are fat, sodium and cholesterol free. They are a good source of fiber and keep you feeling full for longer periods of time. Potatoes are also a great source of potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and iron. Now you can feel good eating them!
Oven baked french fries are not only a healthier way to eat french fries but easier to make than you might think.
Scrub your potato. Either leave the skins on or peel them (I prefer the peel on). Slice the potato lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices, and cut again into 1/4-inch strips. As you cut the potatoes, toss them into a bowl of cold water. This removes some of the starch from the potatoes and prevents them from turning brown. It also helps the outsides stay crispy. After you’ve kept the potato slices in the bowl of water for about ten minutes, pat them dry and toss them in a bowl with a little olive oil, salt and pepper.
Place them on the toaster oven baking tray and bake them for about 25 minutes. Eat them just out of the oven or create potato “nachos” and top with shredded cheese, sour cream and olives or any of your favorite nacho toppings.
College Student Meals – Toaster Oven French Fries
- 1 medium Idaho potato
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- pinch of salt
- pinch of pepper
- Set the toaster oven to "Bake" and preheat to 425 degrees F.
- Scrub the potato.
- Slice the potato lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices, and cut again into 1/4-inch strips. As you cut the potatoes, toss them into a bowl of cold water and let them soak for about ten minutes.
- Pat the potato slices dry and toss them in a another bowl.
- Add the olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Place on the baking tray and cook for 25-30 minutes or until golden.