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Recipe: A Side of Fries, Please!

Published August 19, 2011 8:04 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling

Most kids LOVE french fries. Even moms of picky eaters will confess that their little one(s) will eat french fries and they allow it (and may even encourage it) because, "At least they are eating!"

Here is my theory on why french fries and picky eaters get along so well:

French fries are small and easy to hold - perfect for little hands!

French fries are very sensory-friendly - not slimy, wet or slippery!

 French fries are salty - adding an enticing kick that keeps kids coming back for more!

My daughter loves french fries, which I discovered about a year ago when we were out at a restaurant and I decided to let her taste one. During that time, she was in a very picky phase and when I saw her eyes widen with delight when she took her first bite, I just knew I needed to get creative in the kitchen!

Here is the HEALTHY, very quick and very easy homemade french fry recipe I created that has become a year-round favorite at our house!

Classic "Baked" French Fries


  • Baking potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Clean and cut your potatoes into french fry shapes, leaving the skin on.
  3. Place all the cut, uncooked fries into a bowl and coat with extra virgin olive oil, mixing thoroughly.
  4. Season with sea salt and pepper.
  5. Spread out evenly on an olive oil-greased baking sheet and cook for approximately 20 minutes total.
  6. Make sure you flip the fries once or twice so that they cook and get crispy evenly.

Cooking Tips: For a change in flavor, try seasoning with garlic power and/or old bay seasoning.

Mixing Tips: Have your picky eater help you mix the cut fries in the olive oil, line the fries up on the baking tray and shake on the sea salt and pepper! These are easy and safe ways to get picky eaters involved in the kitchen!

Dipping Tips: Many children love to dip their foods, which is also a wonderful way to expand their acceptance of a variety of foods. If you are serving french fries, why not try some of the obvious dips, such as ketchup, ranch dressing, honey mustard and/or BBQ sauce as a way to broaden their taste buds!

Join me next Friday for a sweet potato fry recipe that will knock your picky eaters' socks off!



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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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