I admit, when it comes to indulgences, eating cheese fries is definitely one of them. Luckily for me, Weight Watchers posted a healthy baked recipe that we got to try over the weekend!
I’ll post the recipe here, although we didn’t modify much.
|1 spray(s) olive oil cooking spray|
|2 large uncooked potato(es), Idaho, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips|
|1/4 tsp table salt, or to taste|
|1/4 tsp black pepper, or to taste|
|1/2 cup(s) low fat shredded cheddar cheese, sharp-variety|
- Preheat oven to 400ºF. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
- Arrange potatoes on prepared baking sheet; season to taste with salt and pepper. Bake 20 minutes; flip fries and cook untl golden brown and fork tender, about 20 minutes more.
- Cluster potatoes together on baking sheet and sprinkle with cheese; bake until cheese melts, about 5 minutes. Yields 1/4 of fries per serving. 4 PointsPlus per serving.
So, here’s what we did differently. First off, I didn’t measure the seasoning. I never do. I went fairly light on the salt, but made sure I cracked pepper over all of the fries. We like the robust flavor you get from fresh cracked pepper. I also reapplied the seasoning after I flipped the fries. Who just wants seasoning on one side? The final modification we made is that we used regular Mexican blend cheese. Being that we had the extra points and there are just the two of us, we each had two servings of the fries. Using the regular cheese only added 1pp for each of us, so was worth the swap.
We loved these fries! I was a little worried that by baking them, we would end up with dry crunchy fries. While they did have a little crunch to the edges, they were actually pleasantly soft. The flavor was fantastic and I didn’t even miss having a sauce while eating them (any time we got cheese fries at a restaurant, ranch dressing was always employed)! One thing to note: This recipe makes a lot of fries! We ended up buying three medium potatoes because there weren’t any large at the store and just made sure we were getting the same weight as 2 large (yay for produce scales!) and my pan was crammed full of fries. I can definitely see halving this recipe when we make it for just the two of us.
Verdict: We love this recipe and will definitely make them again!