So any Southern girl knows what “grease” taters are, and has probably consumed her weight in them…..and because of that has probably seen her weight grow significantly, too. Potatoes of ANY kind are my favorite! I love white potatoes, red potatoes, Yukon gold potatoes, sweet potatoes….any dish made out of those, I am all over it! My husband and I recently began exercising together and trying to eat healthier, so I’ve really been trying to curb some of our “Southern” comfort foods into something healthier. Tonight I decided to combine the idea of “grease” taters with the idea of regular roasted potatoes, and I was pleasantly surprised with the results. Because this is my very first blog post, I am sorry to say I did not take pictures during all of the preparation steps, but I will try to next time!
Oven-Baked Grease Taters
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Peel potatoes and slice into shoestring-sized french fries. Using about 2 or 3 Tablespoons of olive oil in a bowl, toss your potatoes to get them completely coated with oil. Use sea salt liberally. Spray a pan with cooking spray, and spread potatoes on pan. Pour remaining olive oil you used to toss your potatoes in onto the pan as well (so that your potatoes are not completely dry like roasted potatoes, but not soaked in grease like “grease” taters). I cooked them for about 15 min. then stirred and flipped them and returned them to the oven for another 10-15 min. Mine didn’t stick to the pan at all, they weren’t dried out, but they weren’t soaked in grease! I will make these again when we are in the mood for one of our Southern favorites – and we won’t even be clogging our arteries! Enjoy!
Suggestion: after the first 15 min. of baking, if they seem to be getting too dried out, you could drizzle another Tablespoon of olive oil over them. You don’t want them completely dried out, but we are also trying for the least amount of grease possible while making them seem like real “grease” taters.