ROASTED POTATO WEDGES

 

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Perfectly crispy outside and pillowy soft inside, oven-roasted potato wedges could be your answer to those sudden hunger pangs. As tasty as the fried ones with way fewer calories!


These roasted potatoes are perfectly seasoned with garlic powder and dried Italian herbs and baked in the oven to a rich golden brown. These are the perfect side dish for almost any meal, and the best part is that they are not fried! You can be as creative with the seasonings as you want. Feel free to modify the recipe to suit your taste. 

 


WHY MAKE POTATO WEDGES AT HOME?


My love for taters is eternal, I love them in every form. Thanks to my busy schedule, I kept on stocking on the store-bought frozen french fries and potato wedges. But one fine day I said that's enough and finally bit the bullet and made them from scratch. And trust me, it was certainly a life-changing experience. With the correct prep work, not only are homemade potato wedges cheaper, but they are also better and healthier than the store-bought ones. 


WHAT KIND OF POTATOES SHOULD BE USED?


I prefer using potatoes with waxy peels like Yukon Gold or Red Bliss, however, you may also use Russet. If you are using Russer be sure to scrub them thoroughly to get rid of the mud. Whichever kind you are using look for potatoes that are smooth and firm.


HOW TO CUT POTATOES INTO WEDGES?


After thoroughly washing the potatoes, pat them dry with paper towels and cut them into halves lengthwise. Then cut the halves in half again to make quarters. If using bigger potatoes, further slice those quarters into eights for making perfect wedges.



ABOUT THE RECIPE


Perfectly seasoned oven-roasted Potato Wedges is an easy side dish that never fails to impress. All you need is good quality potatoes and some seasonings. You likely have all the ingredients in your pantry already. The best part is that it is a quick and healthy snack, no frying and no presoaking whatsoever is required. Even though they are not fried, you will be amazed at the outcome. So what are you waiting for? Go make these delicious guilt-free wedges and get surprised!

INGREDIENTS

You will need the following to make roasted potato wedges:

  • Potatoes - The star of the recipe, I prefer using Yukon Gold potatoes. you may use any potato that you like.
  • Garlic powder - You may use minced garlic if you do not have garlic powder.
  • Italian herbs - I have used a standard Italian herb mix, you may also use fresh herbs.
  • Black Pepper Powder - This is a key ingredient, try to use freshly ground black pepper for best results.
  • Cayenne Powder - This imparts a beautiful golden color and also helps in enhancing the taste of the wedges.
  • Sea salt
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh dill -  This is strictly for garnishing. You may use cilantro or parsley if you prefer.

HOW TO MAKE IT?


Wash and pat dry the potatoes. Cut them into wedges and keep them aside in a large bowl.


Preheat the oven at 400F and line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. The sheet should be large enough to accommodate the wedges in a single layer.


Prepare the seasoning mix by mixing garlic powder, cayenne powder, dried Italian herbs, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper powder.


Drizzle the potato wedges with olive oil and add the seasoning mix. Toss to coat the pieces evenly. 


Arrange the potato wedges cut side down on the lined baking sheet in a single layer.


Bake for about 30-35 minutes flipping the wedges halfway through. The potatoes are ready when they are browned and can be pierced easily with a fork. 


Once done, sprinkle with some fresh dill and serve hot with your favorite dip.

 


VARIATIONS


Fresh Herb-Roasted Potato Wedges: Coat the potato wedges with freshly chopped herbs like rosemary, marjoram, sage, or thyme, sea salt, chili flakes, olive oil, and lemon juice. Roast in the oven as usual. Serve with more fresh herbs and a lemon wedge.


Cajun roasted potato wedges: Coat the potato wedges with cajun powder, onion powder, freshly ground black pepper, garlic powder, olive oil, and salt. Roast in the oven as usual.


Parmesan-herb roasted potato wedges: Coat the potato wedges with dried herbs, black pepper powder, garlic powder, 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese, olive oil, and salt. Roast in the oven as usual. If you are feeling a little more adventurous, try using grated romano or asiago cheese instead of parmesan.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Should I parboil the potatoes for making them more tender?


There are a lot of recipes out there that recommend parboiling the potatoes, but in my opinion, this step is not required. Parboiling is often recommended to get rid of the excess starch. However, if you parboil the potatoes there is a very good chance that they will soak up some water which will release during the baking process, making the wedges soggy. Who likes soggy wedges? So, if you want perfectly crisp potato wedges simply wash them thoroughly till the water comes out clean and then pat them dry using paper towels. This should be enough to get rid of the excess starch. 


Are potato wedges healthy?


Contrary to what we think, potatoes are actually good for you if you are trying to lose weight. Ounce for ounce, potatoes are one of the most filling and low-calorie foods but just make sure not to deep fry them!


Are potato wedges healthier than fries?


If you are craving fries, try the potato wedges instead. They are a much better option because they are baked rather than fried, thus cooked in far less oil than regular fries.


What should I do to get rid of excess starch in potatoes?


If you have time, after peeling and cutting the potatoes into wedges, you may soak them in cold water for at least half an hour. The water will turn cloudy indicating that the excess starch has been removed. However, you may totally skip this step if you are pressed for time. Trust me, there is no change in the taste whatsoever.


STORING SUGGESTIONS


I usually make potato wedges in bulk and freeze them for later use. To freeze, let the roast potatoes cool to room temperature. Once cooled, directly place the sheet pan in the freezer and let them freeze. When frozen, remove each wedge from the sheet pan and place it in a freezer-safe container or a zipper bag. 


When ready to eat, no need to thaw. Heat in the oven at 350F directly from frozen.

 


SERVING SUGGESTIONS


Potato wedges make for great snacks by themselves with ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, cheese sauce, or the more fancy aioli.

 

Alternatively, they can also be served as a side with burgers, sandwiches, grilled fish, fish sticks, chicken tenders, or gyros.


ROASTED POTATO WEDGES

ROASTED POTATO WEDGES

Yield: 4
Author: The GradChef
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 35 MinTotal time: 45 Min
Perfectly crispy outside and pillowy soft inside, oven-roasted potato wedges could be your answer to those sudden hunger pangs. As tasty as the fried ones with way fewer calories!

Ingredients

  • 4 large Yukon gold potatoes
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp Italian herb mix
  • 1 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp sea salt (adjust as per taste)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp fresh dill

Instructions

  1. Wash and pat dry the potatoes. Cut them into wedges and keep them aside in a large bowl.
  2. Preheat the oven at 400F and line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. The sheet should be large enough to accommodate the wedges in a single layer.
  3. Prepare the seasoning mix by mixing garlic powder, cayenne powder, dried Italian herbs, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper powder.
  4. Drizzle the potato wedges with olive oil and add the seasoning mix. Toss to coat the pieces evenly.
  5. Arrange the potato wedges cut side down on the lined baking sheet in a single layer.
  6. Bake for about 30-35 minutes flipping the wedges halfway through. The potatoes are ready when they are browned and can be pierced easily with a fork.
  7. Once done, sprinkle with some fresh dill and serve hot with your favorite dip.

Notes:

  • You may use any type of potatoes. Wash them thoroughly before using.
  • Check out the variations for different types of flavors.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

377.01

Fat (grams)

10.65

Sat. Fat (grams)

1.54

Carbs (grams)

65.26

Fiber (grams)

7.11

Net carbs

58.16

Sugar (grams)

3.64

Protein (grams)

7.95

Sodium (milligrams)

1194.96

Cholesterol (grams)

0.00

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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