Today's theme is side dishes. Actually, this is a very self-serving post. I am often at a loss to serve with whatever I make as an entree. So I wanna know what you do! What's your favorite?
My default side that's really yummy is baked french fries. It was birthed for 2, no actually 3 reasons:
1)I love potatoes salt. ON potatoes.
2)I love Tater Tots or extra-crispy Ore-Ida anything. But I don't like all the partially-hydrogenated oils in them. I'm a-tryin' to be healthy.
3)Tater Tots are a couple bucks for one serving smallish bag. Plain ole spuds are a couple bucks for one ginormous bag. I'm a-tryin' to be frugal.
Voila. Good-bye Ore-Ida, hello Spud.
Preheat oven to 425. Cut 3-4 potatoes into desired shape (I never peel them). We usually do wedges with the Pampered Chef crinkle cutter. They look purty that way. I've also done thinner strips, but that takes more cutting. I'm lazy.
Combine 3T Olive oil, and some combination of seasonings in a small bowl - I like Oregano, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Or even just seasoned salt is good.
Now, there's a fork in the road here. There are 2 ways to do this: the right way or my way. I'll start with the right way, and then I'll tell you how I do it. Cause I'm lazy.
Toss the potatoes with the oil/spice mixture and arrange on a baking sheet. Bake for 30-45 minutes (for wedges, less for thin strips), stirring halfway through.
My way, because I never leave myself enough time:
Microwave cut potatoes for 6-8 minutes, enough to make them a little soft but not too soft. THEN toss with the oil/spice mixture and bake for 15-20 minutes (for wedges).
That's it! Yummy.
My picture from the pork chops last week actually has these french fries in them, so you can look at the pic here.
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