Three, I made three differently flavoured oven fries. I cut the potatoes uniform, on the slender side, so they would crisp up without burning.  Use one seasoning or all for a great snack with sour cream, or ketchup. The recipe is logically organized and easy to follow. Don’t make more than you will need because you end up picking at them while they last. These are a long way from the humble boiled potatoes or oil laden deep fries. Guszti my Godfather never ate potatoes, but then he never tasted mine.     

3 Flavorful Oven Fries

5 medium sized waxy new potatoes with unblemished skin
1 egg yolk 
1/8 cup cornstarch
3 cloves of garlic, mashed and diced
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt to taste at serving*
Sesame Seasoning
1 Tbsp sesame seeds
1/2 Tbsp corn meal

Parmesan Seasoning
1/4 cup shaved or 1/8 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil

Paprika Seasoning
1 tsp Hungarian paprika
1/4 tsp caraway seed, crushed

* Salt just before serving. Pre-salting interferes with the flavours.

  • Preheat the oven to 450F.
  • Line a large cookie tray with parchment paper.
  • Wash and dry the potatoes.
  • Cut them lengthwise into thin, uniform wedges. 
  • If the potatoes are older or starchy, peel them first.
  • Transfer them to an ovenproof bowl.
  • Add 1/2 cup of water and cover with a microwave dome.
  • Microwave for 10 minutes. In case the potatoes are pealed or starchy, cut the time in the microwave to 5 minutes. Aim for partially cooked potatoes that are still firm to the touch. 
  • Let them cool for 10 minutes. 
  • Meanwhile measure the seasoning ingredients into 3 separate bowls.
  • Transfer the potatoes to a large mixing bowl. 
  • Add the egg yolk and toss to coat.
  • Add the cornstarch and toss to coat.
  • Add the diced garlic and toss to coat.
  • Divide the potatoes into three groups.
  • Add the first seasoning to the first group of potatoes and toss to coat. Wash your hands and repeat with the second and so on.
  • Arrange the potatoes on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Sprinkle the top with the olive oil.
  • Place the tray in the preheated oven.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until golden.
  • Arrange the potatoes on a platter and salt them to taste.
 Sesame Seasoning

 Parmesan Seasoning

Paprika Seasoning

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