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Oven-Roasted Fries

Rich and buttery Yukon Golds are my potato of choice when making these substantial fries, but you can definitely use russets if you’d rather. Should you decide to season the potatoes with one of my seasoning mixes, do so before roasting. The flavor of the spices will deepen with baking and give the fries a really great texture. Who out there doesn’t love barbecue-flavored potato chips? Toss the barbecue seasoning blend with these oven-roasted fries to satisfy your craving at home. The Cuban spice blend is great for seasoning beef and turkey burgers, but I especially like it tossed with fries as the turmeric gives them a gorgeous golden color. The Southwestern seasoning mixture is what I use to flavor the fries at my Mesa Grill restaurants. It’s not hot, just subtly spicy and earthy in taste.–Bobby Flay

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Oven-Roasted Fries Recipe

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  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • Serves 4

Ingredients

  • For the oven-roasted fries
  • 5 large Yukon Gold potatoes or 4 russet potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons Barbecue, Cuban, or Southwestern Seasoning Mix (optional)
  • For the barbecue seasoning mix
  • 1 tablespoon smoked sweet Spanish paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ancho chile powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • For the Cuban seasoning mix
  • 1 teaspoon ground bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • For the Southwestern seasoning mix
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ancho chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Directions

  • Make the fries
  • 1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C). Place a large rimmed baking sheet in the oven to heat.
  • 2. Meanwhile, slice each potato lengthwise into 8 wedges. (If you prefer extra crisp fries or if you find yourself with especially large potatoes, slice them into more wedges.) Toss the potatoes in a large bowl of ice water as you slice them. Set aside until you’re ready to roast them.
  • Prepare the seasoning mix(es)
  • 3. Whisk together all of the ingredients for the seasoning mix of your choice—if, that is, you choose to use a seasoning mix.
  • Roast the fries
  • 4. Drain the potatoes and pat them very dry. Place the wedges in a large bowl, add the oil, salt, and seasoning mix, if using, and toss to coat the potatoes evenly. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and spread the potatoes on it in an even layer. Bake the potatoes, turning only once with a thin metal spatula after 20 minutes or so, until golden brown and cooked through, about 35 minutes depending on the thickness of the wedges. Serve steaming hot.
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