Salt & Vinegar Baked French Fries

Perfect for a weeknight, Salt & Vinegar Baked French Fries are a crunchy and tart, healthy side dish.

The kids devoured these! Salt & Vinegar Baked French Fries Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy Side Dish Recipe

When I was a child we lived in England. Have I told you about that? I probably have mentioned it before. What does that have to do with Salt & Vinegar Baked French Fries? Everything! I first fell in love with salt and vinegar crisps (potato chips) when we lived there. Of course, I cannot forget Fish & Chips sprinkled with malt vinegar and salt. Oh how I miss a good fish and chips. My husband was leaving for a business trip to India routing through London, and I was making a list of food for him to bring back. Cadbury’s chocolate was very top of the list along with some Walker’s Crisps. I know this is a healthy food blog, but I do love a little indulgence.

I was thinking about fish and chips which lead me to flavor some baked french fries with malt vinegar. This recipe wasn’t even a thought  for the blog at that time. I was simply trying to get dinner on the table. It was only after the “vultures” (aka my husband and daughter) started nibbling on these right out of the oven, that I realized I had a hit on my hands. I heard “these are the best french fries you’ve ever made.” Really? I just threw some malt vinegar on them. I did use a different type of potato, too. As a result the french fries did crisp up and brown nicely. Now stop eating, I have to take pictures!

The kids devoured these! Salt & Vinegar Baked French Fries Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy Side Dish

I really love thinking about the years we lived in England. It made the largest impact on my life. My Dad was in the Air Force and took a post in Oxfordshire. I was 7 years old at the time. The best decision they made was for us to live off the base and embrace the English culture. I remember talking to other military families that hated living in England, but that was because they never went off the base and never embraced the English culture. I went to an English school wearing a uniform and absolutely adoring the school lunches. Weird, I know.

England was not known as a culinary delight, but I totally embraced it all. Who could not love Bird’s custard, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, Yorkshire pudding with a Sunday roast and even curry. Oh, the cheese and the bread – holy cow – magnificent. Once a week, I would be given 10 pence, about 10 cents, and could go to the store and buy 10 pieces of penny candy. Sometimes I would save it to buy a bag of crisps.

The kids devoured these! Salt & Vinegar Baked French Fries Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy Side Dish

We lived in an old house down a tiny street. The house was so cold in the Winter, and I can remember sleeping in the dining room on occasion to stay warm. We didn’t have much money so my Mom got a job at a travel agency. That allowed us to travel around Europe and started my love of traveling and food. It opened my eyes and started my love of learning about different cultures and traditions.

Little did I know at the time, my husband was living in Scotland. Our lives were starting to intersect, or so the romantics in us like to think. Someday I look forward to taking my daughter to see the village and house were I use to live. She already loves to travel and learn about people and their culture. In the meantime, I can bring a lot of England to us here in Georgia. Try it yourself and bring a little of England into your home.

 

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The kids devoured these! Salt & Vinegar Baked French Fries Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy Side Dish

The kids devoured these! Salt & Vinegar Baked French Fries Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy Side Dish

Salt & Vinegar Baked French Fries

Course Potatoes, Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 165 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs red potatoes cut into 1/2 inch planks*
  • 4 tsp oil
  • 1 tbsp malt vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450º.
  2. Place a large baking sheet into the oven.
  3. In a large bowl, toss together all the ingredients.
  4. Take the baking sheet out of the oven and spread out the potatoes into a single layer.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. Then flip the potatoes over.
  6. Bake for another 15 minutes, or until potatoes are lightly browned and crispy.

Recipe Notes

*You can cut off some of the skin to make the potatoes easier to cut into the same size planks.

I calculated  5 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.

Nutrition Facts
Salt & Vinegar Baked French Fries
Amount Per Serving
Calories 165 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Sugars 2g
Protein 3g 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

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Comments

  1. Charlotte Moore says
    These look delicious. Would never have thought of these flavors for fries.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Charlotte, I don't know that I would have thought of it had I not thought of potato chips. I don't know why. They were so good. I have made them multiple times now.
  2. I loved this post so much, loved learning your history. My husband was born here in the U.S., but his parents are from England and he is the only one of his brothers and sisters born here. I too adore salt and vinegar chips and the idea of salt and vinegar fries is so appealing. We have vultures at our house too, I'll have to make I sure I get a few fries before they descend. Will definitely be making these! (And thank you.)
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Allie, These are really good. I have made them several times now. I doubled the batch last time :)
  3. I don't know which I want more, these fries or the cute holder!
  4. These look so good Christie! My oldest loves salt and vinegar chips so I bet she would devour these.
  5. My husband would love these! He's a salt and vinegar chip fan so these would be perfect!
  6. I LOVE salt and vinegar chips and I extra love drizzling malt vinegar on french fries from the fair (why specifically the fair? No idea!). These sound so tasty, no wonder they were a hit with the vultures :-p
  7. Every time I have malt vinegar, I'm reminded that I really love the flavor. These look delicious Christie!
  8. Malt vinegar on fries is awesome. We go to the Harry Ramsden's Fish & Chips shop at Epcot occasionally, and I love to drench the chips with malt vinegar.
  9. I spent a few days in England in my early 20s, during an extended vacation traveling around Europe. During those few days I was the biggest junk food vegan - I think I ate chips with malt vinegar every day! I'm so hungry for these now!!
  10. such a fun read - traveling with kids and showing them life and differences outside of their norm is such a great thing! and these fries - I am wanting them for breakfast right now, I love malt vinegar on fries!
  11. I'm originally from Ohio, and every summer when our family would head to Cedar Point (the BEST amusement park, IMHO), I couldn't wait to get to the food stand that had the thick fries with malt vinegar. I love anything with that tart, salty flavor--and these will certainly fit that craving. Thanks!
  12. I love salt and vinegar chips so I bet I will love these! I can't wait to try them!
  13. Christie, those fries sound delicious! I love malt vinegar with my fries (a friend turned me on to that a few years ago). I never thought to try it at home. Thanks for sharing!! Going to try the next time I whip up some baked fries!! Loved reading about your history in England as well. What a great story!
  14. I'm not a huge potato fan, but when it comes to french fries my dislike of potato goes out the window. I always loved to put salt and vinegar on my fries....now baking them with it, I need to try this! They look nice and crispy and yummy!
  15. Salt & Vinegar fries (or chips) are my absolute favorite. I can't wait to try making them at home with your tasty recipe!
  16. I love malt vinegar on my french fries and this version is both healthy and appetizing. Although I don't have as wonderful a childhood story as you do, I came to love the combination in England as well, when visiting as a college student.
  17. OMG - best idea ever! I adore salt and vinegar chips and practically drown my fries in vinegar any chance I can get so it goes without saying that I will definitely be trying some of these soon!
  18. These are fantastic! I love malt vinegar with my fries!
  19. Hi Christie - love this recipe and am SO trying it out this weekend! And I was delighted to read that you were living in Oxfordshire as a child - because that's where I'm from and still live :-) My absolute favourite crisp is S & V and I practically drench my chips (fries to you, of course!) in malt vinegar. I've ever thought of flavouring the potatoes before cooking, though, so this is going to be a real treat! Very best wishes, Penny
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Penny, I hope you enjoy it. I have never been back to the area. Hopefully in a year or two we can take our daughter there. I have heard it has changed so much. Thanks for stopping by Food Done Light today, Christie
  20. Nice Recipe and I too am in Georgia too in the Alpharetta area.

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