What’s the difference in Pommes Frites (pronounced pahm freets) and plain ol’ French fries? Both mean “fried potatoes”. The French call them Pommes Frites and sometimes used the twice fried method for extra crispiness as well fry them in animal fat such lard or duck fat. When their called Pommes Frites, sometimes, that just means “a little fancier” which is the case here with the spicy flavor. Plus, it’s just fun to say!
These french fries are oven-fried just because that’s how I roll most of the time. It has to be a special occasion for me to deep fry something. I’m Southern, but I tend to cook and eat on the lighter side…..unless it’s dessert we are talking about, then it’s over the top.
Spicy Pommes Frites (Spicy French Fries)
- 2 large baking potatoes
- 11/2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt divided
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- Preheat oven to 450°. Wash potatoes and pat dry with paper towels. You can peel the potatoes or leave the peel on. Cut potatoes into 1/4 to 1/2-inch strips; place them in a large bowl and toss with oil.
- Combine paprika, chili powder, sesame seeds, garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and cayenne pepper; add to potatoes and toss with fingers until well coated. Spread fries out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 3550° for 15 minutes or until undersides of potatoes are browned. Turn fries over with tongs and bake 5 to 10 minutes more or until fries are browned and crispy around edges. Makes 6 servings.