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cooked potato wedges on a foil lined pan

Lovin' Cajun Oven Potato Wedges

Recipe adapted from Rachel Ray.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Cajun
Keyword easy potato side dish, oven fries
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 2 ea russet potatoes
  • 2 Tb extra virgin olive oil or other cooking oil of your choice
  • 1/2 tsp thyme fresh or dried
  • 1/2 tsp ground paprika smoked or sweet
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 3-4 dashes hot sauce
  • salt 'n pepa as much as you like. For me this is 1 tsp of kosher salt and 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

  2. Wash and cut potatoes into wedges. Each potato should give you 12 wedges.

  3. Toss potatoes with remaining ingredients. Spread onto a baking sheet.

  4. Bake for 20 minutes. Test a potato wedge for doneness. It should be easily pierced with knife or fork with no resistance. If it is not soft and creamy, put the baking sheet back in the oven for 5 minutes and check them again until completely cooked.

  5. Use a spatula to remove potatoes from the pan. Serve hot.

Recipe Notes

  1. If I don't feel like cleaning up, I will line the baking tray with foil.  Just be very careful not to tear up bits of foil as you scoop up the cooked potatoes. 
  2. If you happen to cut very thick potato wedges and your wedges are still not cooked through after 25 minutes, turn the oven temperature down to 400 degrees F.  If you keep the oven at 450 degrees F, the potatoes may start to burn. 
  3. If you want your potatoes to be extra crispy, soak the wedges in water for 15 minutes prior to mixing with the seasoning.  Then dry them off and proceed with the rest of the recipe.  This will help wash off excess starch, so they crispy up better. 
  4. If you don't have thyme, any other dried woody herb works well such as rosemary, Italian seasoning, marjoram, or oregano.
  5. You can find ground paprika as hot, sweet, or smoked.  You could use the hot version but only if you can handle the heat!
  6. If you need to hold the potatoes, since the rest of your meal is not quite so hot, you can hold the potatoes at a 200 degree F oven for up to an hour.  Or, just simply reheat at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes.