Brown Bag Oven Fries

by zesty on September 1, 2010 · 15 comments

Help The Students Event: Day 1

Welcome to the kick off of Help the Students event. For the next month you will be seeing recipes that are student friendly. Recipes that use simple, easy to find ingredients. Recipes that are straight forward and easy to prepare. You will also find tips, tricks, shopping ideas, economical ideas and special guest posts from fantastic food bloggers.

I thought I would kick off day one with a simple homemade oven fries recipe. This guys are so versatile and great at anytime of the day. Yes you read it right! Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – these are a hit! My Dad used to tell me growing up that fries in brown paper bags are the best.

I have had them a few times at restaurants and I do agree with him. A fun novelty that you can for sure create at home.


  • 3-4 Baking Potatoes (sliced)
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 Tsp. Garlic powder
  • 1 Tsp. Salt
  • 1 Tsp. Black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line cookie sheet with parchment paper
  2. Slice potatoes and then rinse well and pat dry with paper towel.
  3. In a large bowl add potatoes, olive oil, salt, garlic, black pepper and mix well
  4. Pour out on a cookie sheet and bake 20-25 minutes turning occasionally until golden brown.
  5. Remove from oven and serve on plate or in a brown paper bag.
  6. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: Ensure the potatoes are very dry before starting the baking process. If any amount of liquid is present, the potatoes will steam and not become crispy. Once they come out of the oven and screaming hot… hit them with a little bit of salt.

Freestyle Variation: Add some heat if you are in the mood by tossing with a little cayenne pepper or a few dashes of hot sauce. A nice finishing touch is to add Parmesan cheese with about 5 minutes to go in the cooking process.

I hope you enjoyed Day 1 of Help The Student event. Feel free to send along your recipe or tips if you would like to be featured this month. Students all over the world will benefit from your experiences. Have a super Wednesday.

Take care


<li>2 handful baby potatoes ( halved )</li>
<li>2 Tbsp. Olive oil</li>
<li>1 Tsp. Chili powder</li>
<li>1 Tsp. Garlic powder</li>
<li>1/2 Tsp. Celery salt</li>
<li>1 Tsp.

Black pepper</li>

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates)

These look great, I love how you served them in a brown bag!


2 Lauren at KeepItSweet

the brown bag definitely makes them more fun!


3 leanne

They look yummy! never had brown bag fries before.


4 Megan

Mmmmmmmm… I am craving fries! Would it be wrong to just have fries for lunch!


5 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary)

Love this recipe. Sometimes the most simple things are the best… Right ? Right. …And now I’m dying for some oven fries ;)


6 Andrea (@ Puppy Dog Tales)

What a great idea. I really wish I would have stumbled upon something like this while I was in college. :)


7 Kari Matheson

Those fries look unreal and I am starving but I am so hot I can’t eat,… this heat wave in PEI is unreal!


8 Jamie

There is nothing better than seasoned oven home fries. Love them in the paper bag.


9 pegasuslegend

those look so delicous wow! what a great idea!


10 SusieQ @LifesLessonsLearnedBlog

I thought you were going to cook them in a bag! ha! Now I finally know why my oven fries are never crispy – I don’t make sure they are dry before I start to cook. I usually cut them and have them in a bowl of salted water until I’m ready to put them in the oven. I’m so glad you shared that tip!!


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