peasant herb oven fries


How to Make French Fries

Oven fries are just a wonderful as ‘real fries’ and they’re healthier! These peasant herb oven fries are doused in fresh herbs that elevate flavor!

If you’re looking for a lesson on how to make french fries with fewer calories, then this is the one you want.

Quick Oven Fries

These quick oven fries take no time at all. Make sure you potatoes are fresh and firm. You’ll want to use a high starch potato like the Idaho potato also known as the russet potato. Russet potatoes are more dense and have less moisture in them. Waxy potatoes like red potatoes, fingerlings and new potatoes, can certainly be cooked in the oven, but they’re not standouts if you want french fries. 

Homemade French Fries

One of my Top 10 comfort foods! Potatoes. And, homemade french fries! Growing up in West Virginia, Mom fixed fried potatoes often. She usually fried them in a big ol’ cast iron skillet in oil, so these taters are a tad bit healthier because they’re roasted in the oven.

Potatoes were a staple in our home–inexpensive, filling and fried in that big cast iron skillet in hot oil, we kids knew that our bellies would be full.  Mom would cut the potatoes into chunks, and, oftentimes fry onions with the ‘taters.  Always crispy and crunchy on the outside, the home fries were tender and tasty on the inside.  There was plenty of salt and pepper, and, of course, ketchup!

Herbed Potatoes

The big thing that we never had growing up with our potatoes were all these fresh herbs. And, herbed french fries can’t be beat. I actually had my first herbed french fries at an off-the-beaten track cafe in Paris, and I’m telling you, after that, I knew I’d never do oven fries without dousing in fresh herbs after cooking! 

What to Eat with Potatoes

Here are just a few ideas of what I might eat with these potatoes! 

Apricot Mustard Pork BBQ

Beef Lollipop Sticks

Pale Ale Beef Pot Roast

Herbs de Provence Lamb Chops

Simple Grilled Chicken Caprese


peasant herb oven fries

peasant herb oven fries

peasant herb oven fries

Yield: 3-4 servings

Oven fries are just a wonderful as 'real fries' and they're healthier! These peasant herb oven fries are doused in fresh herbs that elevate flavor!


  • 3 large baking potatoes scrubbed and cleaned and cut into fries  (Note:  cut into fries and soak in cold ice water for about an hour before frying...drain and dry)
  • Canola Oil Cooking Spray
  • 2 Tbl. olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse ground pepper
  • 3 Tbl. finely chopped fresh herb combo—your choice (chives, tarragon, flat parsley, rosemary, thyme)


Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Spread potato fries on paper. 

Coat with cooking spray, toss, coat again. 

Drizzle with olive oil.  Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Cook in preheated 400 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and tender. 

For more golden brown fries, turn on the broiler for the last minute or so.  Watch carefully!

Remove from the oven. Sprinkle fresh herbs on the fries.  Five a last sprinkle of sea salt! Toss and serve immediately.

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    1. Oh, Donna, thank you, sweetums!! We’re both comfort food girls! xo Ally

  1. Oh my stars… I can see why these are in your Top 10! Thanks for sharing your recipe and beautiful photographs — loved that you switched them to different serving containers. (Sorta like tryin’ on clothes in the kitchen, yes?) Fun and flavorful!

  2. Gorgeous pix – makes me hungry for some of those gorgeous fries!

    1. Justine!! I just couldn’t stop eatin’ ’em…thank you!! 🙂

    1. Jacks!! I sure hope hubster loved these fries! You’re so right, nothing beats peasant food!! xox 🙂 Ally

    1. Thank you, Alessandra! Just went to your awesome website! Love the ‘Glazed Berry Biscuists’…shared on my FB page and Tweeted!! Yummmy stuff going on there! xo 🙂 Ally

  3. I would just eat dries like these all day …every day ! They ar my favorite soul food ! You sure have them sitting pretty in their fun bundles ! Did you make your own ketchup….it looks so rich and good ? !!! Couldn’t love these more XXOO

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