How to make oven fries

I have finally found a way to get my kids to eat potato.

Now, potato is not a must-have, it is very carb heavy and from testing when I had gestational diabetes, I know that eating it makes my blood sugar go up and stay up for too long. Or maybe that's just when I'm pregnant, I haven't actually checked it regularly since.

But, organic spuds are a beautiful, earthy thing to behold I find, and I don't mind my kids and hubby eating them once in a while. As long as they ARE organic and not laced with any nasty stuff.

So , frozen oven fries from the supermarket are O.U.T.

And this is what is in:

Home made oven fries

Scrub some (preferably organic) potatoes, leaving the skins on.
Any type of spud is fine, I have used kipfler recently and they worked well, much less insipid looking than your average white spud.

Slice them super thinly, the thinner you slice, the crispier they will become. I slice the spuds into thin sheets, then stack the sheets up a few at a time and chop them into matchsticks.
(You'll notice in my picture, they are not sliced that thinly. I have since learnt that thinner is better.)

Throw your spud matchsticks in an oven proof dish, and dribble on some olive oil.
Keep them to one layer, don't pile them on top of each other.

Grind salt and pepper over them and toss them round till coated.
You can also sprinkle over some paprika or another flavour instead.

(See, much too chunky here, thinner IS better, at least in this situation)

Heat your oven to 200c/400f and when it's hot, put your dish in and set the timer for about 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes, toss them around a bit more and put them back in for about another 20 minutes.

Add some dip or sauce if you like and you're done.

Note: Today I discovered if you put them on a TRAY, instead of in a dish, they cook a lot faster, so be sure to adjust your cooking times to allow for thickness of spud and whatever you are cooking them on.

I whipped some of these up today when we had unexpected guests for the second showing of the Grand Final, as believe it or not, last week's Grand Final was a draw.

Quick (to prepare) and easy, kept everyone happy :)


  1. Have you tried sweet potato fries? The ones I've eaten are not that wonderful organic home made type, but they were still good. They would probably be a lot better fixed as you did yours.I may give them a try when I have the oven going for biscuits some morning. (We don't use the oven that much until winter hits in.You know. Double duty.Two birds with one stone, etc.)Hope your having a great day!

  2. I've never tried sweet potato fries, might have to give it a go, though sweet potato here is bright orange, not the yellow colour of kumara/sweet potato in NZ. I actually made some of the potato fries tonight for the 3 kids I am babysitting for 10 days, and for my kids too. A hit all round!

  3. Yum! I like to add garlic powder, too.

  4. We love homemade fries! Much healthier too :)

  5. Ooh, garlic powder would be good!