How to Bake Potato Wedges

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Start to Finish: 50 to 60 minutes

Servings: 4 to 6

Difficulty Level: Beginner

You might permanently cross frozen french fries off your grocery list once you taste your first homemade baked potato wedge. Parboiling the wedges, or partially cooking them in boiling water, creates soft and creamy insides. Coating the potatoes with oil and roasting them until brown creates a crunchy brown crust.

Ingredients

  • 3 large russet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper (or about three grinds of a pepper grinder)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Fill a large saucepan about halfway with water and set it over high heat to boil.

Wash the potatoes under running water. Scrub away any dirt with a vegetable brush. Cut away any soft or black spots you see on the skin.

Tip

  • Leaving the skin on the potato wedges helps them hold together and provides some crispness to the finished pieces, but you can peel the potatoes if you don't like the skin.

To make wedges, cut the potatoes into halves. Place each half, cut-side down, on a cutting board and cut it into four to six long wedges. Slice the wedges in half or leave them long.

Parboil the Potatoes

Gently lower the wedges into the boiling water. Let them cook for five minutes. Drain the wedges in a colander and let them dry for a few minutes.

Season and Bake

Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl and pour the olive oil over them. Sprinkle the salt and pepper over the wedges. Use your clean hands to gently toss the wedges until they're evenly coated by the oil.

Arrange the wedges in an even layer on a baking sheet. Roast them for 35 to 45 minutes, flipping them after 20 minutes, until they're golden brown.

Ways to Enjoy Potato Wedges

Dipping Sauces

Baked potato wedges are hearty and thick enough to stand up to a number of dipping sauces beyond ketchup. Make a sauce of mayonnaise, minced garlic and sour cream, or dunk your wedges in a cheesy beer dip. Mustard, barbecue and ranch sauces are also tasty with roasted potatoes.

Using Leftovers

Day-old potato wedges are limp, and the microwave won't help. To reheat the wedges, brush them with a fresh layer of olive oil and bake them for about 10 minutes at 450 degrees.

You can also repurpose leftover wedges. Cut them into chunks and add them to skillet of frying onions to make home fries or use them to make cold potato salad. Chopped and lightly mashed potato wedges can also be added to a creamy, cheesy soup.

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