Oven-Baked French Fries

1 1/2 lbs. russet or other baking potatoes of choice, washed well
1 T. olive oil
seasoning suggestions: chili powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper (for spicy), OR garlic powder and onion powder (for added flavor), OR fresh or dried herbs such as rosemary, thyme, basil, parsley, etc. (for savory), OR as simple as seasoning salt, mixed herbal blends, or salt and pepper

Lightly oil (or spray with oil) a non-stick cookie sheet and set aside. Cut the potatoes into 1/4-inch wide sticks or "French fries" and place them in a large bowl. Drizzle the olive oil over the top, sprinkle the potatoes with your choice of seasonings or seasoning combinations, and toss well to thoroughly coat the potatoes. Arrange the cut potatoes on the cookie sheet and spread to a single layer. Bake at 475 degrees for 15 minutes, stir, spread to a single layer again, bake 15 additional minutes, stir and spread to a single layer again, and bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until the French fries are crisp and lightly browned on all sides. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and sprinkle the hot French fries with additional seasonings or salt, if desired. Serve hot, plain or with ketchup, or for an extra special treat with Creamy White Cheez Sauce or Vegan Ranch Dressing.

Serves 4


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