Citron Pressé or Lemonade

Pommes "Frites"

or French "Fries"

Enjoy making this recipe with your young reader after reading Madeline, by Ludwig Bemelmans. To see all of our Madeline activities, click here.

There is a great debate over whether French fries developed in France or Belgium. No matter where they originated, these are deliciously healthy, thanks to being baked instead of fried. We’ve adapted the recipe to make a snack size serving for two, but it can easily be doubled if you want more. 


Adapted from Easy French Food's Oven French Fries.

Makes 2 servings.

Note about whether to spray your baking sheets: If you are using a nonstick baking sheet, there is no need to spray the pan. If you are using a regular baking sheet, you can spray with nonstick spray or go without. The nonstick spray will make your fries slightly less crispy. If you don’t use spray, they might stick a little, but are easily removed with a spatula.

  • 1 pound potatoes
  • 3/4 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Slice potatoes lengthwise into about 1/2 inch thick strips.
  3. Place potatoes in a large bowl and add oil and salt.
  4. Stir with wooden spoon or hands to evenly coat the potato slices with oil and salt.
  5. Arrange potatoes on a baking sheet so that none of the pieces are touching.
  6. Bake fries for 7 minutes, and then remove from oven and stir.
  7. Place fries back in oven for about 8 more minutes until cooked through.
  8. When potatoes are cooked through, turn oven up to 450 degrees for five minutes.
  9. Remove from oven, and cool for about 5 minutes.
  10. Enjoy with ketchup or mayonnaise.

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