Baked Garlic Parmesan Fries

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Baked Garlic Parmesan Fries
Warning…These are highly addictive!!!
You’ll probably end up making them all the time. I know I do! Such a fantastic way to jazz up fries. They’re baked in the oven with garlic, a little olive oil and once baked, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and a little garlic powder. Each serving has 172 calories, 6 grams of fat and 5 Weight Watchers SmartPoints. You could easily cut this recipe in half, if you don’t need 5 serving.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 50 minutes


Ingredients for Fries:

1 tablespoon garlic, minced very fine

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 large (russet) baking potatoes (12 ounces each or 1½ pounds total)

Salt and pepper, to taste


Ingredients for Topping:

2 tablespoons parmesan cheese

½ teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line 1 baking sheet with foil and coat baking sheet with cooking spray.

2. Cut the potatoes lengthwise in half and in half again. Cut each piece into ¼-½ inch thick strips. Place on the baking sheet and toss with the olive oil and garlic. Use your hands to evenly coat. Spread the potatoes evenly over the entire pan. Season with a little salt and black pepper. Bake uncovered in the center of the oven until tender crisp and golden brown, about 20-25 minutes on each side. Baking time will vary depending on how thick your pieces are and your oven. Set your timer for 20 minutes and check.

3. Remove from oven and sprinkle all over with Parmesan cheese and a little garlic powder.  Add a little more salt and pepper, if desired.

Makes 5 servings. Each serving about 1⅓ cups. (Makes 6 cups total)


Food Fact
The russet potato is low in moisture and high in starch, making it good for baking, boiling and making French fries. They’re sometimes referred to as an old potato or a baking potato.


Healthy Benefit
Potatoes have surprising health benefits. No need to keep them out of your diet. They’re rich in complex carbohydrates that can supply energy. They are low in calories and contain no fat.  They contain more potassium than any other fresh vegetable, even more than bananas! Potatoes also contain vitamins C and B6.


Shopping Tip
Choose potatoes that are firm and plump, avoiding those that have shriveled skins, sprouting eyes, soft spots, blemishes and green spots.


Weight Watchers SmartPoints
5
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
5

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving
172 calories, 6g fat, 1g sat. fat, 2g chol, 4g prot, 26g carbs, 3g fiber, 166mg sod, 2g sugar
FAT FACTS: 1 serving Red Robin’s Garlic Parmesan Fries
587 calories, 35g fat, 0mg chol, 7mg prot, 64g carbs, 4g fiber, 679mg sod, 0g sugar