Thursday, October 1, 2009

Rosemary Parmesan Fries

[Edited: Alison made an important comment about the smoke point of olive oil below and provided this link. I use a "regular" olive oil for cooking, not extra virgin olive oil. I agree with her recommendation to reduce the temperature (maybe 350 to 375 degrees) and bake the fries a bit longer.]

My mother-in-law gave me three large potatoes the other day. Since I discovered my love for sweet potatoes, I haven't eaten many "regular" potatoes. (Okay, I did make pizza with potatoes just a few days ago, but I bought them because they were so cute, and I had a particular dish in mind that I wanted to recreate...).

Seeing the potatoes on my counter, I thought they'd be perfect for oven-baked fries. And that's what I made. But I wanted the fries to be a bit more "interesting," so I added chopped rosemary and grated Parmesan cheese.

  • 3 large potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary, finely chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper
I coated the cut up potatoes with olive oil and then added the cheese, rosemary, salt & pepper. Here is a picture of the fries before I put them in the oven. I baked them at 450 degrees for about 25 minutes. [Important: Please see my note at the beginning of this post regarding the oven temperature.] I turned them about three times while they were baking.

And here they are after I took them out of the oven. They were very tasty...

The fries were part of our "unplanned" meal on Wednesday. In addition to the fries, we also had salmon cakes, and sauteed green beans.

Question: What are your favorite fries? Mine are Parmesan sweet potato fries...

Be well,


  1. Anonymous10/01/2009

    my favorites are butternut squash and kabocha fries, with ketchup! :)

  2. Oh wow, those look delicious! i love sweet potato fries!

  3. I love sweet potato fries and butternut squash fries.

  4. I had not ever thought about adding parmesan on fries!! They turned out really good (I can tell by the crusty coating). THe rosemary is another great idea, I'm a huge rosemary fan. As of now my favorite fries are sweet potato with garlic, cumin, and pepper (random combination, I know!).

  5. I love sweet potato fries with lots of paprika! Garlic fries are pretty tasty as well. Mmmmm. now I want fries :)

  6. The fries look like they turned out well. I love sweet potato fries, but I also like plain old fries coated in Old bay seasoning.

  7. i love roasted potatoes!

    I like making "fries" with regular or sweet potatoes and:
    smoked paprika

    sometimes cinnamon if it's just me :)

  8. I love oven fries like these, and rosemary is so great with them! They look delicious.

  9. Your sweet potato fries look AWESOME...

    they may be MY new favs!

    and of course some blogger LOVE to your salmon cakes...they are my men's favorite!

  10. I love any fries - yours look really tasty.

  11. Right now I'm digging butternut squash fries in a crazy way!

  12. Anonymous10/01/2009

    Look delicious! I am not really a potato person, but I love sweet potato fries dipped in honey mustard :)

  13. Ok, this post and the last post on banana bread with Nutella are making me drool. These look so much better than any fry you could get in a restaurant. I can't wait to make them!

  14. Anonymous10/01/2009

    After discovering sweet potatoes, I haven't been eating regular potatoes as much either, but those look phenomenal! Parmesan on fries sound yummy--I must try it! I adore fresh hot sweet potato fries. Mmm!

  15. I love sweet potato fries. Actually, I like any kind of fries. It's been a while since I've made some. I'll just had to buy me some more potatoes because I just used up the one ones I bought from the farmer's market.

  16. I love sweet potato fries too! I also like those little red potatoes, peeled in the middle and roasted with some rosemary and olive oil. Those don't totally count as fries, but are along the same lines!

  17. YUM! I've never had Parmesan fries - regular or sweet! But I've copied and pasted this recipe - it's on! :)

  18. I love this combo of flavors! My only concern would be baking olive oil at 450, I think the smoke point is 375? You could probably reduce the temp and just bake a little longer. OK - sorry to be a food nerd, I've just started to learn more about the max heating temp of oils and that going above that can be harmful to your health, and your safety too - with flash points and oil bursting into flames.

    Check it out:

  19. Well I know what I'm doing with my huge sweet potato tomorrow! Love baked fries in olive oil, yumm!!!

  20. oolala! those fries look great! gonna need to try those :)

    my fav fries are from a pub in downtown minneapolis. maybe it's not that the fries are so good, but the three dipping sauces they come with are AMAZING. i'm a dipper. chips and dip, fries and sauce, apple and caramel ... love it all!

  21. Anonymous10/01/2009

    wow those are perfectly crisped up! I actually like these better than "Real" fries...yum!

    p.s. I havent had much potatoes since I started buying more sweet potatoes again too!

  22. Potatoes and rosemary are a duo that can't be beat. Love the piney smell that fills the house, too.