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Making your own French fries in the oven is an easy, healthier alternative to the deep fried ones, and they're just as good - if not better! These baked fries are seasoned to perfection; they are a bit spicy, but not overpoweringly so.They make a fantastic side for all sorts of burgers, sandwiches and wraps. Less salt and oil than traditional fries means you can enjoy them more often, right?
These fries are easy to make. Just toss the chopped potato in some olive oil and seasoning and bake at 450 F for 20-25 minutes and you're done. Make sure you use russet potatoes because they are the best for baking! I cook my fries on parchment paper so that they don't stick. In the past I used to use tin foil, but I almost always had issues with them sticking when I went to stir them at the halfway point. This was incredibly frustrating, but luckily hasn't happened since I switched to using parchment paper. It also makes clean-up easier!
The most important part of making fries yourself is getting a relatively consistent size. I use a fry cutter that we got off Amazon years ago to make them the same size quickly and easily. If you're serious about making homemade fries, I would definitely recommend picking one up. They are relatively inexpensive and they make your life so much easier. When chopping by hand, as I did for years, It is best to cut your potato lengthwise into slices, then cut the slices lengthwise again into strips. I make my French Fries about 1 cm in width, because I like thinner fries. If you make your fries thicker you will have to adjust the time they spend in the oven.
Preheat oven to 450 F, line a baking sheet with parchment paper
In a medium bowl, toss potato strips and olive oil until all strips are completely coated
Sprinkle chili powder, oregano, garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper over the potatoes, stir until spices are completely distributed
Pour fries onto baking sheet, and spread them out into a single layer with minimal contact between potatoes
Bake in preheated oven 20-25 minutes, stirring at the halfway point, or until fries are golden brown and starting to crisp