George and Ira’s Oven Fries and Other Random Ramblings

I’m pretty sure I have ADD.  Now that we have internet, you would think I would be posting recipes like a mad woman.  *Sigh*  It seems I can’t focus on one thing for too long, so I have my hand in many different projects, which means I may or may not have unfinished ones laying around my house.  Like the yarn I bought to crochet Lydia something when I was pregnant with her.  Or the fabric I bought to make her a quilt.  So lately, instead of spending my evenings creating recipes, I’ve been making things to wear.  Oops.

Miss Lydia and her pretty new top.

Since I’ve been so distracted with my new hobby, I’m going to attempt to appease you with not so much a recipe, as a “how to.”  I’m calling these oven fries “George and Ira’s Oven Fries” because they use white potatoes and sweet potatoes.  Any time I use both types, I sing “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” which was written by brothers George and Ira Gershwin.  You know the song, “Potato, Potahto, Tomato, Tomahto.  Let’s call the whole thing off?”  If you’ve never heard it, click on the link above and the lovely Rosemary Clooney will croon it for you. :)

George and Ira’s Oven Fries

You will need the following items:
1 potato for every person you are serving  (1 for every 2 kids.)  Mix white baking potatoes and sweet potatoes.
A big mixing bowl
1-2 cookie sheets (1 for every 2 potatoes)
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper

Preheat your oven to 400F.

(I realize it’s June…but we have this with burgers, and I HAVE to have fries with burgers!  So save it for a cool day!)

1.  Peel the potatoes and slice them about 1/2 inch wide.  A big knife is useful for the sweet potatoes, as they are harder than the white potatoes.
2.  Put the potatoes in the bowl, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  If you are trying to watch portions with the oil, use 1 tsp per potato.
3.  Drizzle oil on the cookie sheets and spread out the potatoes in 1 later, separating as much as possible.  If they are too close together, they will just steam.
4.  Bake potatoes for 20 minutes and stir.  Rotate the sheets and switch racks if you are using more than one sheet.
5.  Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.

These are really great with BBQ sauce or BBQ seasoning that has a little sweet and spicy blend to it.  I need to work on one of those.  When I do, I’ll get back to you!

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