Recipe Time: Oven Fries by Don Mankie

fries-3When it comes to cooking, folks in the foothills of the Virginia Appalachian Mountains expect a traditional flavor usually found by using a combination of salt, butter, lard, and fatback along with a Fry Daddy deep frying cooker.  Those last three words alone are enough to clog the arteries no matter how good the food tastes.  So, you can imagine my dilemma in finding tasty delicious food that fits the expected “meat with potatoes” dinner without the heavy fat and salt content.

I received a health newsletter recently with the usual health advice, but this time there was a recipe offered that caught my interest – Oven Fries.  Oven = no Fry Daddy cookerFries = Potatoes.  This seemed like a good start, but does the recipe taste good and would my family like it?  The answer is YES!  One pan of Oven Fries disappeared in a matter of minutes with requests for more, and no ketchup was needed.

So without further ado here is Don Mankie’s Oven Fries recipe.  Mr. Mankie is a dietitian with Carilion Clinic.


6 Large Potatoes

2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil

2 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon paprika

¼ to ½ teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon garlic powder


Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  Wash and dry potatoes, leaving peelings on.  Cut into ½ inch slices and place into a large mixing bowl.  Add remaining ingredients and toss until potatoes are coated with oil and seasoning.  (Note: I put all the seasoning ingredients and oil in a gallon size plastic baggie and tossed the potatoes in the baggie with allowed for more even coating).  Bake 30 to 40 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Nutrition Information:  One serving is 6 wedges.  Per serving: 160 calories; 3.5 grams fat; 3 grams fiber. Gluten Free.