Oven-style Pizza Fries

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1lbs potatoes
  • 1cup tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 2 teaspoons mild paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1teaspoon sugar
  • 1cup grated parmesan cheese(optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat lightly with oil.
  3. Grind fennel seed, oregano and basil into a powder using a spice mill or mortar and pestle.
  4. Wash, peel and slice potatoes into thin french fry shapes.
  5. Combine ground spices, tomato paste, garlic powder, salt, sugar and oil in a small bowl until smooth.
  6. Place potatoes and seasoning paste in a large ziplock or plastic bag.
  7. Using your hands, move the potatoes around in the bag until they are evenly coated with the seasoning paste.
  8. Place potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes at 400°F.
  10. Using a spatula, turn potatoes over and sprinkle with parmesan cheese (if using).
  11. Bake for 10-20 minutes more or until fries become golden and start to crisp (time may vary with size of fries).
  12. Serve with marinara sauce or ketchup, if desired.
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