I’ve been meaning to make these for a while but just never got around to it since we so rarely buy potatoes. Last night we grilled up some bison burgers for dinner and what goes better with burgers than fries?! These are a little time consuming as you have to peel and cut the potatoes, then soak them and finally bake them for 45 minutes. The effort is worth it though! These were really tasty! They got surprisingly crisp for fries that weren’t actually fried. According to the book, the soaking in the salt-sugar solution is key to draw some of the water out of the potatoes so they brown and not steam in the oven.
from Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook by Weight Watchers
1 1/4 pounds baking potatoes (like idaho or russet), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch strips
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
4 teaspoons oil
1 teaspoon paprika
Preheat oven to 450 F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray (or use parchment paper or foil).
In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and the sugar with cold water to cover. Soak 15 minutes; drain and blot dry.
In another large bowl, toss the potatoes with the oil and the paprika. Place in a single layer on the baking sheet.
Bake, turning the potatoes over as they brown, until cooked through and crisp, about 40-45 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt.