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Who needs French fries when you've got Italian fries? A twist on a recipe created by Lucinda's Italian relatives, these oven-baked fries are tossed in olive oil, grated cheese, and a medley of dried herbs. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper while they're still hot, and serve immediately. From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).




Cook's Notes

Potato Prep: For a French-fry cut, peel the potatoes and slice lengthwise into 1/3-inch-thick slices. Stack the slices on top of one another, a few at a time, and slice lengthwise into 1/3-inch-thick strips. Peeled and sliced potatoes can turn brown pretty quickly. To avoid this, try floating the peeled, cut pieces in cold, salted water. When you're ready to cook, drain them and pat dry.

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  • MS12096677
    8 APR, 2014
    These are fantastic!! I thought that they might burn cooking that long, but it came out perfect. I did use parm. cheese, didn't have Romano. Do cut your fries thin to cook in time. I love Mad Hungry and all the recipes I have made are great!
  • ncsuensign
    11 JUN, 2013
    These were FANTASTIC, make sure you cut your potatoes the same size as the picture. I have a french fry cutter so it worked well for me. I baked mine a bit longer than the recipe and I also didn't use all the cheese. They were out of this world GOOD.
  • smbrahler
    7 JUN, 2012
    This is definitely a 5 star recipe! My husband and I loved it! The best oven fries I've made. Soaking them before really does make a huge difference. I halved the recipe for the two of us, but would definitely make the full batch for a party sometime.
  • gwennw
    2 MAR, 2011
    I made these fries last week and they were amazing! There are only 4 of us and there was not a single fry left over. I didn't have Romano so I used the big bag of Parmesan that I get from Costco. Delicious! I just purchased the Romano, so I will try that next week.
  • Chumlette
    4 FEB, 2011
    I just watched this on TV and it looked as though she used much less butter at the end. Is there a mistake in the recipe? I think I will try less butter. But YUM, love baked fries. This would also be great with some minced garlic thrown on after serving, like the Bukharan style.
  • busyfarmer
    27 OCT, 2010
    Easy. I changed it a bit. I put prepared potatoes in a big bowl and toss them in the EVOO and add seasonings. I have used various types of seasonings. Such as Taco seasoning with a Jack cheese blend and BQQ seasoning with a cheddar cheese also.
  • tleningt
    20 OCT, 2010
    This was very easy and absolutely DELICIOUS! The fries are a bit decadent but well worth it :)
  • AngeliqueC
    17 OCT, 2010
    I tried them and the whole family loved them!!! Easy!
  • ShoeGirlToni
    14 OCT, 2010
    These looked so yummy - I can't wait to make them. (Shouldn't Step 4 actually be Step 2?)

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