The Lazy Potato

Welcome to Friday and to another installment of super-easy recipes!

For my son's and Nanny's birthdays--just liked the way this one looked :)
For my son’s and Nanny’s birthdays–just liked the way this one looked 🙂

This is probably nothing new, but it’s the delivery that wound up turning this take on home fries one of my favorites to make in a pinch!  Cut up a batch the other day, put ’em in the oven and went for my walk. (Hubby was home to make sure the house didn’t explode, lol.) By the time I got back, home fries were done!

Here’s what you’ll  need:

One med-lg Eastern or Idaho per person

Canola or olive oil (bottled or spray)

Sea salt/Pepper/Adobo/Garlic salt (any or all, depending on your taste)

Your sharpest knife. I love the old-fashioned Quikcut/Ginsu or this Sportsman from Ronco:

Quikcut is the top image. Sportman is on the bottom.
Quikcut is the top image. Sportman is on the bottom.

Here’s what to do:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. (If you have a convection or convection-like option, you’ll want to activate it. Makes your finished product crispier!)

Wash/scrub each potato. (You will NOT be doing any peeling! :))

 

Cut each potato in half lengthwise. Cut each half crosswise to create potato slices. (Cut as thin or thick as you like, depending on your taste and how quickly you’d like potatoes to ready.)

Arrange potatoes IN A SINGLE LAYER on a (preferably perforated) pizza tin or cookie sheet. (See photo.) THIS IS THE KEY TO EASE!  YOU WON’T HAVE TO TURN THE SLICES ONCE THEY’RE IN THE OVEN!

Perforated pizza pan
Perforated pizza pan

Brush the potatoes with oil (or spray with cooking spray). If you’re really fancy and want more flavor, use an oil infused with a flavor you love–garlic, rosemary, oregano, etc.

Sprinkle with any/all of the seasonings listed above and feel free to add your faves: grated Parmesan cheese, oregano–even a little lemon rocks it.

Flip the slices and repeat the oil/seasoning process.

Place in the oven and let bake approximately 20 minutes (longer for thicker cut potatoes), to desired tenderness and/or crispness.

Remove from oven and start eating!

The finished product--uh...yum!
The finished product–uh…yum!

Tip: Place a cookie sheet lined with foil under the perforated pan. That will catch any oil that drips through and save you a lot of oven-cleaning time. I mean, what cook–lazy or not–wants to do that?!

So what are some of your standby super-quick and easy recipes? Feel free to share, or let me know and you can post your recipe here as a guest, along with some tidbits about yourself!

Have a great weekend!

Joanna

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5 thoughts on “The Lazy Potato

    1. The beauty of these is how quick, easy and healthy they are given how tasty. Sweet potatoes work well too–just a little more of a challenge to cut b/c they’re harder, lol.
      Thanks for the visit and the comment, Christine. Hope all is well with you and yours!

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    1. Hey, Julia–yes you were spam but not any more, lol. Yep, the oven-fried are not only crispy and healthier, they’re so much easier to make. I hate having to be stuck at the stove stirring. Thanks for the virtual visit and your comment! Hope to see you again here in the future 🙂

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