Salty Parmesan cheese? Check. Delicious spices? Check. Crispiness without deep frying? Check. If you love a good french fry recipe, then you have to try my Garlic Paprika Parmesan French Fries!
These fries are tossed with a beautiful mixture of seasoned salt, garlic powder, paprika, and black pepper. And that garlic powder, for real – to die for. Garlic is one of my favorite flavors, so adding it to a french fry meant I was in heaven making this recipe!
Add to the mix a topping of delicious Parmesan cheese, plus the fact that they are oven fried and not deep fried? You’ve got a winning side dish for your next barbecue meal, be it sliders or hot dogs!
My number one tip for this recipe? Cut your fries small! Smaller than 1/4″ x 1/4″ if you can, even. It is difficult to get fries to crisp up nicely in the oven, and by making them small and cooking them at this high temperature, you’ll be doing yourself a deliciously great favor! Enjoy!
- 2 russet potatoes
- 1 tbsp. seasoned salt
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- Olive oil
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut the potatoes into slices less than 1/4 inch in thickness. Cut each slice into small sticks, once again less than ¼ inch in thickness (the smaller and skinnier, the crispier!). Add to a large bowl of cold water so that the potatoes are covered. Allow potatoes to soak for at least 30 minutes.
While potatoes are soaking, combine the seasoning ingredients (seasoned salt, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper).
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Drain the fries and soak up the excess water by placing them on a paper towel lined baking sheet while the oven preheats. You can also pat the tops of the potato slices to remove as much excess water as possible.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the potato slices to a dry bowl with half of the seasoning mix and 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil. Toss potatoes until coated evenly.
Pour the potatoes onto the previously lined baking sheet and distribute them in one even layer, without overlap. They will cook better if you ensure that the fries are not touching each other. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove tray from oven and flip fries over, once again spreading them apart so they do not touch one another. Bake for 15 more minutes.
While the fries are cooking, add the Parmesan cheese to the remaining seasoning mix. Toss to coat.
Preheat the broiler. Once the fries are finished cooking for a total of 30 minutes, sprinkle the seasoned Parmesan cheese over the fries. Return baking sheet to oven. Cook under broiler until crisp and golden brown, about 3-5 minutes depending on your oven. Check on them often to prevent burning of the cheese.
Serve with your favorite burgers or hot dogs!