Tuesday, October 4, 2011
I might not be a meat and potatoes kind of girl, but put a french fry in front of me I will eat it. I probably should feel some shame about this, but I don't. I've excused myself on the grounds that I don't like potatoes any other way. Cut it into a chip or mash it, and suddenly I'm no longer interested. French fries are my one starchy weakness.
I came up with this recipe for Homestyle Fries as a way to recreate my love for fried potatoes in a way that is healthier for me. Also, it involves no piping-hot oil, which is always a bonus.
There are many things to love about this recipe. You can prepare these in minutes, and they can bake at whatever temperature you need them to. It's hard to ruin a potato. These can be served alongside a burger, but they are equally appropriate on the side of some scrambled eggs. Most important of all, these potatoes are super yummy. They develop that all important firm on the outside and soft on the inside texture. And the dried thyme provides the perfect bit of seasoning for the red potatoes.
1 lb red potatoes
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Note: I often bake mine at 350 because of other things I'm baking at the same time. I add an extra 20 minutes to the baking time and finish them off under the broiler.
2. Scrub and then pat dry the red potatoes. Dice them. In a large bowl, toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, and thyme. Spread potatoes out on a large baking sheet.
3. Bake for about 25 minutes.
This recipe is shared with Melt in Your Mouth Monday, Craft-O-Maniac, On the Menu Monday, Recipe Sharing Monday, Made by You Monday, Tuesday Talent Show, This Chick Cooks, Full Plate Thursday, Foodie Friday, Sweets for a Saturday