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Monday, July 18, 2011

Salt and Pepper Oven Fries: Secret Recipe Club

Last month I read on one of my favorite blogs, Beantown Baker, about The Secret Recipe Club.  Basically, you join up and at the beginning of the month you are randomly assigned a different blog.  You peruse that blog and pick a recipe from it to make.  Everyone in the Secret Recipe Club posts their chose recipe on the given date and time.  It sounded like a great way to see a few new blogs and try a few new recipes.  So, I joined!

This month I was assigned This Mama Cooks!  There were lots of great recipes to chose from, but I chose something fairly simple, yet I can never get quite right -- oven fries.  Sometimes mine turn out crispy, but sometimes mushy, sometimes burnt even!  I think it's because I don't really rely on a recipe, I just wing it hoping it will turn out okay, but it doesn't always.  So, I figured this was a good chance to follow a recipe, hoping it would give me a foolproof result and it did!  These were crispy and crunchy and delicious!  They would be a great side dish to just about anything -- what doesn't go with fries really??  I cut the recipe in half since there are only two of us, and leftover fries really aren't that great, but otherwise I kept it almost the same.  I did up the amount of pepper, since we like black pepper, and omitted the parsley since we were out of it.

Salt and Pepper Oven Fries
slightly adapted from This Mama Cooks!


1/2 pound potatoes, cut into wedges
2 Tablespoons oil (canola or olive, I used olive)
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground


  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  On a medium baking sheet, spray cooking spray to coat the bottom surface.
  • Cut potatoes into long wedges.  In a medium bowl, toss potato wedges with 1 tablespoon oil.  
  • On prepared baking sheet, lay out potato wedges in a single layer.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, flip the wedges over and bake for 15 more minutes.  Potatoes should be golden brown and crispy.  
  • When you turn the wedges over, heat the remaining tablespoon oil in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Add garlic and cook over medium-low heat until golden, about 4 minutes.
  • Pour the garlic oil over the wedges, adding in the salt and pepper.  Toss to coat and serve.  


Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

These look great! My kids would love them, thanks!

amanda @ fake ginger said...

I always have trouble with oven fries too! These look terrific though! Very yummy!

marla said...

I love oven fries!
So fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. This looks amazing :)

Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks! said...

So funny that you picked an old fry recipe of mine as I'm creating a new one with sweet potatoes. Thanks for doing such a great job!

Shelby said...

We would love these--especially. I'd up the pepper too!

Kate said...

We would love these! I prefer oven fries!

Lisa~~ said...

These look wonderful and so much healthier than fried.

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Holy Guacamole.

Cook Lisa Cook

Amy said...

Thanks ladies! This was my first time in the Secret Recipe Club and I loved it -- what a neat little project. Can't wait til August!

Sara said...

Oooh, I love oven fries too! Really like the idea of adding pepper and not just salt. Yum!

Pretend Chef said...

I made a similiar recipe before but these look even better. I need to give these a try. Yummy!

Delishhh said...

This looks fabulous. Nice work on the Secret Recipe Club. Isn't it fun. I love finding new blogs and reading through them.

Kim - Liv Life said...

This is one my kids would go nuts for! Simple yet comforting. Nicely done!

Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking said...

Amy, the fries look yummy!
Thank you so much for your Chipotle Chicken with Cilantro sauce! My family loved it and I was thrilled to make it for the SRC from your blog.
It was so much fun and I really look forward to what everyone will do in August!

Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy said...

Oh, good idea - I never thought to coat them with olive oil and garlic after cooking. I bet that adds a lot of flavor.

Amy said...

These look great...I love oven fries!

Amy @ A Little Nosh

Anonymous said...

This looks yummy, but you could have done a better job highlighting your assigned blog.