Oh man, do I love french fries. I think that is the one thing in the world that I simply cannot stop eating if it's in front of me. I also think I've already told you all that before when I made polenta fries--I guess I can't express enough how much I love these things! Sorry about that!
Today's post is about fast food made easy because my real downfall is fast food french fries. I just LOVE McDonald's fries and Wendy's fries that bring back memories of late night drives to Greenvale to indulge after a long night in high school =) I especially love those crispy, fat fries from KFC. Seeing as I don't really have many of those places around me here (probably a good thing) I tried to recreate them in my kitchen and they came out pretty delicious and definitely healthier because I baked them. The secret to these fries is paprika. I don't know much about spices and I use regular grocery store brand for most of them, but I happen to have some special Spanish smoked hot paprika, and I think it really made the difference. So if you can, get some good smoked paprika, and it'll make some normal dishes a total stand-out.
Also, this dish is completely easy to throw together and only needs a few ingredients, perfect for throwing into the oven while reading a case or two!
What you'll need:
1 potato per person
Paprika (preferably Smoked/Hot)
Preheat the oven to 400
Cut each potato in half length-wise, and then each half into thirds so you have wedges
Toss with olive oil, salt, pepper and paprika
Make sure they are coated in oil so nothing burns, but also make sure they are not swimming in the oil otherwise they won't crisp as nicely
Place them in the oven and check on them after fifteen minutes
Make sure none of the potatoes are sticking by giving the pan a quick toss
The crunchy side of the potatoes (I never knew this before!) really come from the part that is touching the pan, so toss them, but let the potatoes stay on the same side so they get really crispy
Put the potatoes back into the oven for another 10 minutes
If they aren't as crispy as you'd like, keep them in there for another 5-10 minutes, or turn on the broiler for a few minutes, keeping an eye on them so they don't burn
When they're done, they'll be crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and the paprika will have given them that spicy deliciousness that makes KFC wedge fries SO addicting
This is perfect with some flank steak and chard!