Oven-baked Potato Wedges

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Oven-baked Potato Wedges

Oven-baked potato wedges are a delicious and healthier alternative to traditional fried potato wedges or french fries. They’re easy to make, crispy on the outside, and tender on the inside. Here’s a simple recipe to make oven-baked potato wedges:

Ingredients:

  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (optional, for added flavor)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh parsley or chives (optional, for garnish)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven:
  • Preheat your oven to 425Β°F (220Β°C). While the oven is preheating, place a large baking sheet in the oven to get hot.
  1. Prepare the Potatoes:
  • Wash and scrub the potatoes to remove any dirt. You can leave the skin on for added texture and flavor. Cut the potatoes into wedges. Aim for uniform sizes to ensure even cooking.
  1. Parboil the Potatoes (Optional):
  • To speed up the cooking process and achieve a fluffier interior, you can parboil the potato wedges. Place the wedges in a pot of boiling water for about 3-4 minutes. Drain them well.
  1. Season the Wedges:
  • In a large bowl, toss the potato wedges with olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder (if using), salt, and black pepper. Make sure the wedges are evenly coated with the oil and seasonings.
  1. Arrange on Hot Baking Sheet:
  • Carefully remove the hot baking sheet from the oven and drizzle it with a bit of olive oil to prevent sticking. Arrange the seasoned potato wedges on the hot baking sheet in a single layer. Ensure they are not overcrowded to allow for even cooking and crisping.
  1. Bake:
  • Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes. Flip the wedges halfway through the baking time to ensure even browning.
  1. Crisp and Serve:
  • Continue baking until the potato wedges are golden brown and crispy on the outside. The total baking time may vary depending on the thickness of your wedges, so keep an eye on them.
  1. Garnish and Enjoy:
  • Once the potato wedges are done, remove them from the oven, garnish with fresh parsley or chives if desired, and serve immediately. They’re delicious on their own or with your favorite dipping sauce.

Oven-baked potato wedges are a versatile side dish that pairs well with a variety of meals, from burgers to roasted chicken. They’re a healthier alternative to deep-fried potatoes while still delivering that satisfying crunch and flavor.