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Crispy Baked Potato Wedges

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Olive oil, paprika, sea salt, and potatoes come together in this recipe to create a potato wedge baked in the oven to crispy perfection.

Potato wedges baked in the oven are a healthy alternative to a fried potato wedge. Enjoy these super simple baked potato wedges with your next burger! You won't even believe the secret to a perfect crispy potato wedge!

When I was a junior in college I moved into an off campus apartment and finally had a grown up girl kitchen!  No more being creative with a microwave and eating food out of packages.  Real home cooked meals.  And roommates to share the cooking duties with.  It was fabulous.  It was so fun to sit in the kitchen with my roommates while one of them was cooking and chat and help and just have a good time.

One of our favorite things to cook were potatoes.  They’re fairly cheap and very versatile.  Our vice?  French fries.  Try as we might we could never ever get crispy fries in the oven.  Like, ever.  It was so frustrating!  We probably tried a couple dozen different baked fry recipes and eventually just resigned ourselves to limp, lifeless fries.  

Potato wedges baked in the oven are a healthy alternative to a fried potato wedge. Enjoy these super simple baked potato wedges with your next burger! You won't even believe the secret to a perfect crispy potato wedge!

Then last week it kinda hit me.  You ever have one of those lightbulb moments?  The best idea ever!  So I set out to try and make some actual crispy baked potato wedges.  And I won!  I totally won the crunchy oven potato game because I finally found the perfect way to make crispy on the outside, tender on the inside french fries in the oven.  You can thank me after you’ve tried them.

I think the greatest kept secret to perfect fries is soaking them in water and then drying them with paper towels before baking.  This helps them brown and keeps them from sticking to the pan.  Even after resigning myself to flimsy fries sticking to the pan was my number one problem.  Dry the potato?  Problem solved.  Olive oil plus the high temp of the oven helps with that perfect crunchy texture but since every oven is different cooking times will vary.  Cooking time will also change based on the thickness of your wedges.  If you like a thicker wedge they’ll need to cooker longer than the thinner ones.  Obviously 😉

Potato wedges baked in the oven are a healthy alternative to a fried potato wedge. Enjoy these super simple baked potato wedges with your next burger! You won't even believe the secret to a perfect crispy potato wedge!

I am so happy I finally found a recipe that gives me crispy and delicious french fries and doesn’t involve a deep fryer!  My mom has never liked any of the other baked fries I’ve made so you can imagine that tossing the word ‘perfect’ around is no small thing.  They has that perfect crunch on the outside and were tender on the inside and the paprika was a great compliment.  But you could also switch it up and use parsley or rosemary or sage.  Dip them in sour cream {I can dip just about anything in sour cream}, ketchup, bar-b-que sauce, or your favorite french fry dipping sauce!

Do you have a recipe you’ve been trying for years with more failures than successes?  Or did you finally figure out the secret to your favorite recipe that’s been giving you trouble?  Let me know in the comments below!

Meaghan

Potato wedges baked in the oven are a healthy alternative to a fried potato wedge. Enjoy these super simple baked potato wedges with your next burger! You won't even believe the secret to a perfect crispy potato wedge!

Crispy Baked Potato Wedges

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 Large Russet potatoes
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Cut potatoes into evenly sized wedges and soak in cold water for 20 minutes.
  2. While oven is preheating and potatoes are soaking pour 2 Tbs of olive oil over your baking sheet and use a pastry brush to evenly coat the pan. Sprinkle generously with salt.
  3. After potatoes have soaked lay them out on a kitchen towel or several paper towels and pat completely dry.
  4. Evenly toss them in the remaining 1 Tbs of olive oil and paprika.
  5. Spread out on the baking sheet in a single layer and cover with foil.
  6. Bake for 5 minutes, then remove foil and bake for another 15 minutes.
  7. Using tongs, flip the potatoes and bake for another 10 minutes on the other side.

 

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Sara {Frugal Mama & The Sprout}

Thursday 6th of November 2014

These look fantastic! I'm looking forward to giving these a try. Do you think using a foil lined pan with the oil on it would make a difference? I cringe at the thought of scrubbing pans lol!

Meaghan

Thursday 6th of November 2014

Whenever I use foil it sticks like crazy and I end up either ripping through the foil getting the potato off or leaving half the potato behind. So I just suck it up and scrub the pan afterwards! I hope your family loves them!

~Meaghan

Nicole @Little Blog on the Homestead

Wednesday 5th of November 2014

I am SO excited to make these this weekend!!! Yum yum yum

Meaghan

Wednesday 5th of November 2014

We might be making these this weekend too! They're so delicious! Thanks so much for stopping by :)

~Meaghan