Low-fat french fries

Good for you

October 24, 1990|By Nancy Byal | Nancy Byal,Better Homes and Gardens Magazine

Do you love french fries, but worry about the fat they absorb during frying? These oven fries have less than half as much fat as homemade french-fried potatoes and about one-third as much fat as a serving of fast-food fries.

Oven Fries

4 small baking potatoes (about 1 pound total)

1 tablespoon margarine, melted

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1/8 teaspoon onion powder (optional)

Non-stick spray coating

Scrub potatoes thoroughly. Cut each potato lengthwise into eight slices. Brush cut surface of potatoes lightly with melted margarine.

In a plastic bag combine Parmesan cheese, garlic salt, paprika and onion powder, if desired. Add eight potato slices to the bag. Shake to coat; potatoes will not be completely coated. Spray an 11x7x1 1/2 -inch baking pan with non-stick coating. Arrange potatoes in baking pan. Repeat with remaining potatoes.

Bake, uncovered, in a preheated 400-degree oven 25 to 30 minutes or until tender. Serve hot.

# Microwave Fries Cut potatoes and coat with Parmesan mixture as directed above. Arrange in a microwave-safe 12x7 1/2 x2-inch baking dish. Cover with vented plastic wrap. Cook on 100 percent power (high) for nine to 11 minutes or until almost tender, rotating dish once. Let stand two to three minutes before serving.

Makes four servings. Each serving has 233 calories, 6 gram protein, 39 grams carbohydrate, 6 grams fat, 5 milligrams cholesterol and 360 milligrams sodium.

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