Oven-Style Pizza Fries


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