Homemade Oven Fries

McDonald’s has it right: There’s no better accompaniment to hamburgers than French fries. But if you’re trying to avoid fried foods like we are, you have to say no to all that grease.

Here’s a compromise: Oven-fried French fries. They’re just as tasty but a bit healthier too.


Homemade Oven Fries

  • 6 russet potatoes, washed and cut lengthwise into 8ths
  • 1/4 cup high-quality extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp taco seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
  • dash of cayenne pepper

Combine oil and seasonings in a large mixing bowl. Add in potatoes and mix well, ensuring seasoning gets on all sides of the potatoes.

Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray with Pam. Transfer potatoes individually to baking sheet, trying to get potatoes to “stand up” on the wider, unpeeled side. Pour any remaining marinade over potatoes.

Place potatoes in oven and cook for 30 minutes or until potatoes are lightly browned and tender. Serve hot.



Wicked Good Mashed Potatoes


Of the thousands of dishes I’ve prepared, this one is my most requested. It’s my go-to for potluck dinners, team meals, and any large gathering – and folks always ask for the recipe.

These mashed potatoes are addictive. I hardly ever have leftovers.

They’re rich and creamy – with a little kick from roasted Hatch chilies. Wicked good.

Wicked Good Mashed Potatoes

For the potatoes:

  • 1 10-pound bag Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, rinsed, and quartered
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 8-oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 c. sour cream
  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • 2-3 roasted Hatch chilies, peeled and minced
  • 1 tsp sea salt

For the topping:

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 c. bread crumbs

For the potatoes:

Place quartered potatoes and garlic cloves in large saucepan or Dutch oven; cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until tender. Drain. Return to pot or large mixing bowl.

Add the cream cheese, sour cream, butter, chilies, and salt to the potatoes and garlic. Mash until mixed thoroughly. Adjust salt, if necessary. Place mashed potatoes in greased 13×9 pan.

Preheat oven to 350F.

For the topping:

Melt butter in a small skillet. Add breadcrumbs and sauté until well blended. Place breadcrumbs atop mashed potatoes.

Bake uncovered for 40-45 minutes. Serve hot.