Why put a blog post up about something as simple as oven baked home fries? They are definitely NOT the most glamorous food to discuss. However, I’m willing to gamble that there are people just like me who will read this. We all have busy lives, we’re all watching our money, we’re all conscious of what we eat, and we often get “stuck” for food ideas. So, for people like us, simple foods like this are, in fact, interesting to talk about. The bottom line is, we all have the same challenge as we sit down to prepare a menu for the week, plan a grocery list, or (worse yet), wander through the grocery aisle, trying to come up with a variety of menu ideas for ourselves and our families. So, for people like us, it’s often these “back to basics” dishes and sides that really make a difference in a home kitchen. So, with that said, let’s make some home fries!
These home fries are baked, not fried, simple to prepare, require minimal prep work, and can be paired up with sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, steak, eggs and bacon, or any protein dish. The preparation is really simple, but there are a couple of tricks worth noting to get better consistency. (All credit for this goes to my lovely wife! Yes, I do a lot of cooking at home, but she has a lot of specialties in her own right.)
Tip #1: Soaking and rinsing the potatoes helps to remove extra starch, which makes for crispier potatoes. There is another side benefit as a result, as this also reduces the amount of carbohydrates in the potato.
Tip #2 Preheating the baking sheet helps to get the potatoes cooking quickly.
Over the years, we’ve put different seasonings of all kinds, but in the end, we have ended up with a simple seasoning of seasoned salt and pepper. But feel free to experiment!
4 to 4 1/2 cups peeled and cubed Russet potatoes (about 1/2″ cubes)
1 1/2 Tablespoons Canola Oil
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon Lawry’s Season Salt (or a substitute).
1. Place non-greased sheet pan onto center rack of oven.
2. Preheat oven to 425F
3. While oven is preheating, peel and dice the potatoes.
4. Soak the potatoes in a bowl of cold water for about 10 minutes.
5. Rinse them well under running water.
6. Dry them well with a dish or paper towel.
7. Toss them with the canola oil in a bowl.
8. Season with the salt and pepper.
9. Remove the hot baking sheet from the oven.
10. Spread in a single layer.
11. Bake for 45 minutes.