Healthy Baked Parmesan Fries

So, when I made the homemade fish sticks for my last post, my meat-and-potatoes-loving husband was way more excited about the side dish: baked french fries.

So I decided I should do a separate post for the fries.

I actually make these baked fries all the time and here are the four reasons why:

1) they’re really easy

2) they require only four main ingredients, and they’re all things I almost always have on hand

3) they’re a fresh, healthy way to silence any fast-food french fry craving

4) they’re crispy, full of flavor, and absolutely delicious!

The best part is grating some fresh parmesan all over the top of the baked fries when they’re still hot and fresh from the oven.

The heat from the fries will melt the parmesan ever so slightly. Yum!

This is one unbelievably tasty dish.

The fries are really crispy and crunchy outside, with scrumptious, soft baked potato on the inside.  So flavorful!

And the fresh, lightly melted parmesan takes things over the top!

These are so, so good, you’ll never feel the need to make a fast food pit-stop again!

Here’s the recipe for Healthy Baked Parmesan Fries:

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Healthy Baked Parmesan Fries
 
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Recipe type: Healthy Side Dish
Total Time:  35 minutes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 large russet potatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Herbes de Provence
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 550 degrees F.
  2. Cut the potatoes in half, lengthwise, then cut into equally-sized, quarter-inch-thick slices.
  3. Place potatoes on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Season well with salt and pepper. Add garlic, Herbes de Provence, and olive oil.
  4. Mix with hands until all fries are well-coated with oil and seasoning. Arrange potatoes on baking sheet so they all lie flat.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes.
  6. Using tongs or a spatula, flip fries and then place back in the oven for about 5 minutes more.
  7. Transfer to a serving platter and grate fresh parmesan over the fries while they are still hot from the oven. Serve.
 

 

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36 Comments

  1. April 7, 2012 / 10:02 pm

    LOVE! Almost exactly the way I’ve been making my fries except I peel the potatoes first and you have herbs. Mine “recipe” was completely through intuition though, and usually baked at 400F haha so I will try baking them at a higher temperature so it won’t take as long! Plus your presentation is definitely muchos fancier 🙂

    • April 7, 2012 / 10:05 pm

      My* “recipe”, not mine. I hate making spelling/grammar mistakes in comments because I can never correct them 🙁

    • April 8, 2012 / 4:11 pm

      Yes, I really like to move things along by not peeling and cooking at a high temp! The dried herbs really add something.

  2. April 7, 2012 / 11:16 pm

    Hey lady, this is a great french fry recipe! It reminds me of these truffle fries I had once in Healdsburg, CA. This bar and grill restaurant fries up their french fries in truffle oil and sprinkles parmesan on top….the flavor is out of this world. Your recipe looks like a great alternative to deep-fried potatoes…still full of flavor and cheesy goodness. Great how-to and thanks for an awesome recipe!

  3. April 8, 2012 / 12:07 am

    Beautiful! Can’t wait to test this out.

  4. April 8, 2012 / 1:45 am

    Mmmmmmm, these look absolutely wonderful. I’m going to have to put together some herbs de provence. I have a blend from my garden of parsley, sweet basil, Greek oregano and German thyme. It’s a wonderful blend, but I need some rosemary! Can’t wait to try these!

  5. April 8, 2012 / 2:00 am

    French fries are the reason I go for fast food – having this recipe will save me so many calories! These look just like some fries at a restaurant here in town – so, so good.

  6. April 8, 2012 / 6:31 am

    Baked fries is really great thing 🙂 You can have them without guilt (unless you are having half kilo :)). I’m sure with parmesan they are even yummier!

  7. April 8, 2012 / 11:46 am

    I learned from one of Australia’s top chefs to get the best chips – is to blanch them the chips off quickly in salted water for about 10 min. Store between a tea towels in fridge overnight and then fry them in peanut oil. And they come out beautiful – your way I will try during the coming week. Will let you know about the outcome. Love the combination parmesan and potatoes.

  8. April 8, 2012 / 5:12 pm

    You’re reminding me to get another block of parmigiano reggiano. I got all the things that I need except your secret ingredient (Herbes de Provence)..i might just sub it with my other dried herbs.

    I’ve never baked fries before..correct me if i’m wrong, baked fries should be crispier than the deep fried ones, right?

    • April 9, 2012 / 12:13 am

      Well, I don’t think baked fries are necessarily crispier – – the benefit to baking them is a lighter, fresher flavor. And of course it’s so much healthier! Enjoy 🙂

  9. April 8, 2012 / 8:43 pm

    Oh yumm, fries to go with your fabulous fish! Thanks for the inspiration and recipes.

  10. April 9, 2012 / 12:59 am

    These fries look so good! I couldn’t even tell you when I last ate a french fry…maybe it’s time to break my fast with these :).

  11. April 9, 2012 / 4:26 am

    These look amazing! Fries are my favorite food of all time. Major drool factor.

  12. April 9, 2012 / 5:25 am

    Baked fries to fulfill my french fry cravings that are also healthy? Yes, please! This looks incredibly easy, and I love that it requires so little ingredients. I actually have all of them on hand so I could totally make them right now, at 10:25PM… 😀

  13. April 9, 2012 / 9:17 am

    I particular like the fact that the potatoes still have the skins on and are sprinkled with herbs. I use Herbes de Provence quite a lot but have never tried it this way so thanks for another fantastic recipe!

  14. April 9, 2012 / 1:57 pm

    Great photos…those baked fries are really talking to me.

  15. April 10, 2012 / 4:59 pm

    Can’t wait to try these. Much healthier and I ‘ll bet a whole lot better tasting than McDonalds.
    Joy

  16. April 10, 2012 / 11:15 pm

    Yum – I love Parmesan on my fries and the addition of the herbs make them evern extra special!

  17. April 11, 2012 / 1:52 pm

    This is a fantastic recipe and I’ll be trying it out tonight! My 13-year old would love it if I served poutine (Canadian concoction with fries, cheese curds and gravy!), but would love this every bit as much as I expect, and there is no comparison in terms of healthfulness. Thanks for providing a winner.

  18. April 26, 2012 / 7:45 am

    Ohhh.. i love potatoes. Theye look great!

  19. May 22, 2012 / 7:43 pm

    I did not have the herbs de provence nor the grated parmesan, so I did a spicier alternative. Chili powder, ground red pepper, and shredded pepper jack cheese. The husband loves them this way… thanks again for the recipe!

    • May 23, 2012 / 12:15 pm

      Yum, your version sounds so tasty! Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out for you! 🙂

  20. May 24, 2012 / 11:21 pm

    These look delicious also! Your blog is making me hungry! =]

  21. prutt
    February 28, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    awesome tasting but dont fool yourself into thinking EV Olive oil can handle 550 degrees and still maintain its “healthiness” …not mention the level of acrylamides but do enjoy 😉

    • Jodi
      March 2, 2016 / 8:59 pm

      My my. Aren’t we just a bundle of knowledge. But maybe you should look at the cooking time again. 20 minutes at that temp isn’t goingbto kill anything.