Classic Cottage Fries are one of my favorite comfort foods. So easy to prepare, this seasoned roasted potato recipe is one of the easiest and most satisfying recipes in my recipe box. In fact, this is one of the first recipes I ever made when my mom started having me cook family meals.
Cottage Fries Recipe
Any time I'm not sure what to make for dinner and just want something satisfying and easy, potatoes are what I reach for in my pantry. Cottage fries are a great choice since I can throw them in the oven in a matter of minutes and have them ready to eat in only 30 minutes.
Of course, this is typically a side dish that goes along something like Fanny's cider-braised pulled pork sandwich, or my slow cooker pulled chicken sandwich. That isn't necessary though. You can definitely enjoy this recipe by itself with a dipping sauce, or topped with various additions.
Can I Use Different Spices for My Roasted Potatoes?
Yes! One of my favorite spice blends is an Italian spice that often includes things like basil, oregano, thyme, marjoram, and sometimes garlic. Add in a pinch of chili powder or cayenne, and you have a perfect balance. If you want to change the spices, you can definitely get creative with this recipe. Below are some other options that I've used in the past that turned out fantastic.
- Sprinkle with this homemade taco seasoning mix.
- Use a mixture of lemon pepper and garlic.
- Bake with simple kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
- Cover with seasoned olive oil. I often use garlic oil, pepper oil, or even oils from roasted red peppers.
- Add a greek seasoning blend loaded with garlic, onion, oregano, and basil.
If you have a bit more time and want a more exotic flavor, you can make this recipe for Indian stuffed potato paratha.
Can I Make These Loaded Fries?
By far, one of my favorite things to do with these cottage fries is to top them with cheese, bacon, and green onions. Loaded fries are always a hit, but the crispy and flavorful cottage fry makes them even better.
When making loaded fries, you typically add shredded cheese, some diced green onions, and bacon. If you want to add bacon, use this tip for how to cook bacon in the oven. That will save a ton of time and cleanup effort.
Other items I would add to the top of these fries include sour cream or nonfat plain Greek yogurt, diced tomatoes, sliced jalapenos, salsa, pico de gallo, or even a bit of avocado.
If you have extra potatoes, check out this slow cooker baked potato method and use these same toppings on them!
- Chili powder
- Italian seasoning
- Olive oil
Optional: top with shredded cheese, bacon, or diced green onions
How to Make Cottage Fries?
To begin, you will want to preheat your oven to 220ºC/430ºF. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
Now, you will clean and slice the potatoes into ½" thick disks. Rinse these off and pat dry with paper towels.
Add the potato slices to a large bowl and mix with olive oil, salt, pepper, chili powder, and Italian seasonings.
Spread the potato slices on the baking sheet in an even layer, then bake for 15 minutes flipping them halfway through the cooking time.
- 3-4 large potatoes
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 2 tsp dried Italian herbs
- 3-4 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 220ºC/430ºF and line your baking sheet with parchment paper;
- Slice the cleaned potatoes into ½" rounds that you then rinse and pat dry with paper towels;
- Place the potato slices into a large bowl, pour over the olive oil and seasonings and mix well to coat;
- Lay in a single layer on the baking sheet;
- Bake for 15 minutes per side until tender but crispy and golden on the outside.
Top these with sour cream, cheese, and bacon for a delicious loaded fry!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 511Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 100mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 6gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g