Baked Greek Fries

Loaded with feta, tomatoes and olives, these Baked Greek Fries make for one delicious appetizer!

Loaded with feta, tomatoes and olives, these Baked Greek Fries make for one delicious appetizer!We finally did it.  After ~17 months, Laura and I went out to dinner…together…without Robbie.  (To be fair, we did go out once when my Mom was in town, but that was when the little guy was still quite little.  I barely remember those days now!)  We’ve heard other new parents talk about the importance of getting out alone, but we just never really made time for it.  That, and we didn’t have a babysitter.  And we didn’t really know how to go about finding a babysitter that we trusted.

Loaded with feta, tomatoes and olives, these Baked Greek Fries make for one delicious appetizer!A couple of weeks back, we found ourselves in a real pickle.  We had matinee tickets for the musical Wicked, and we had lined up one of our friends to come over and watch Robbie that afternoon.  Well, our friend got sick, and we were stuck at the last minute.  So we asked at daycare if any of the teachers happened to babysit on the side…and it turns out that Robbie’s teacher babysits!  How perfect is that?

And what’s more, she said she was looking to pick up a regular babysitting gig every other Saturday.  I thought about that for all of 2.6 seconds, and then said, “We’ll take that!”  So now Laura and I get to go out to eat together again…and talk about Robbie the whole time.  Hah!

Loaded with feta, tomatoes and olives, these Baked Greek Fries make for one delicious appetizer!These Baked Greek Fries come in because Laura and I used to go to the Greek restaurant down the street quite a bit.  We’d often order an appetizer and just chill out on a Friday night.  Our go-to appetizers were either the Stuffed Grape Leaves or the Loaded Greek Fries.  Once we went from 2 to 3 in our house, we haven’t been back to our Greek restaurant…but that’s going to be changing here soon!

Loaded with feta, tomatoes and olives, these Baked Greek Fries make for one delicious appetizer!These Baked Greek Fries are nothing short of delicious.  Sure, the Greek restaurant fries their fries…but you can get something close via the oven.  (Although I should say that baked fries are best served right out of the oven.  Once they cool off, baked fries get kinda soggy.  I mean, I’d still eat ’em…especially if they’re covered in feta cheese!)  If you’re not in the mood to slice up some taters yourself, you could totally use frozen fries.  Just bake ’em up and then use the toppings from the recipe below.  I promise this will be quickly become a favorite appetizer/side dish!

Loaded with feta, tomatoes and olives, these Baked Greek Fries make for one delicious appetizer!So far, we’ve so far gone out for sushi and then a good burger…and now the Greek restaurant is on top of the list for our next date night.  So if you’re looking for me next weekend, you can find me facedown in a platter of delicious Greek fries.  Enjoy this one, my friends…and thank you for stopping by my little corner of the internet!

Loaded with feta, tomatoes and olives, these Baked Greek Fries make for one delicious appetizer!

Baked Greek Fries

Loaded with feta, tomatoes and olives, these Baked Greek Fries make for one delicious appetizer!
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 267kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 large Russet potatoes
  • 3-4 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil depending on size of potatoes
  • ½ Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 Roma tomato diced
  • ½ cup feta cheese crumbled
  • ¼ cup red onion diced
  • ¼ cup kalamata olives chopped

Instructions

  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and spray paper with non-stick baking spray; set aside.
  • Slice potatoes lengthwise into ¼” slices. Lay each slice flat and slice into ¼” strips.
  • After slicing, place potatoes in a bowl of cold water; let soak for 30 minutes. (Note: This removes some of the starch from the potatoes so they will crisp up better in the oven.)
  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Remove fries from water; pat lightly with paper towels to remove excess water.
  • Using a large bowl, add fries and oil; toss until fries are well coated.
  • Arrange fries in a single layer on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, flip and continue baking for 15-20 more minutes, or until edges of the fries turn golden brown.
  • Transfer fries into large bowl and add lemon juice, parsley, salt, oregano, paprika and garlic; toss until well combined.
  • Arrange fries on large plate and top with tomato, feta, onion and olives; serve immediately.

Loaded with feta, tomatoes and olives, these Baked Greek Fries make for one delicious appetizer!

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24 Comments

  1. Lucky for you guys to find a babysitter you can trust – high five for that! Watch out for date night, right 😉 ?? I love fries in all forms and I’m preeeeetty sure that this wouldn’t be an app; it would be a WHOLE meal! And I bet that if you wanted a little more substantial you could add chicken. Have an awesome weekend, my friend 🙂

    1. Yeah, we are so lucky to have a reliable babysitter…and one that already knows Robbie from daycare, too! 🙂 So I know these fries are often labeled as an appetizer, but I agree with you, Dawn. They’re meal-worthy! And since baked fries taste best when they’re fresh, you just have to eat them all right away. Like my logic there? 🙂 And good idea to add a bit of chicken, too. I’m thinking grilled chicken marinated in lemon and rosemary would be a great addition.

  2. It seems you guys enjoyed a lot spending time together after a long time. Good to hear that. BTW the baked greek fried sounds interesting. 🙂

    1. Oh, it is so nice to finally get out and just go eat by ourselves! We miss the little guy of course, but having some adult time in there is so important! 🙂 Thanks so much, Puja!!

  3. Hi David. I’d be hard pressed not to pick out those wonderful chunks of Feta and the olives. We almost always eat off the appetizer menu; that way we can get several different things to share. Our best friend has seen us do that so often that now he joins in and we have even more to share. Glad you and Laura have date night back.

    1. Oh, I might have gone through and picked out some of the feta pieces as soon as I took this photo, Dorothy! 🙂 And I totally hear ya about eating off of the appetizer menu. During our recent vacation/cruise, Laura and I totally went after the appetizer menu every night. In fact, the appetizer cheese plate often became my main meal!

  4. If Robbie’s teacher ever gets sick on a Saturday I’m available! I was the neighborhood babysitter growing up so I have plenty of experience, and as luck would have it I accept payment in the form of Greek fries! As long as they have plenty of feta :). Seriously, these sound AWESOME! I’m glad you guys are able to get out some by yourselves and that you found someone you can trust with your little guy. Happy Friday!

    1. Hahaha! Man, I bet that would cost me an arm and a leg to get you all the way up here from Phoenix. Do you accept payment in the form of Greek Fries AND Strawberry Cake? Because I happen to have a lot of strawberry cake around here right now! 🙂 I could sure use some help eating it all. Hope you’ve had a great vacation, Kelsie!

  5. Hooray for getting out! That’s a celebration all by itself!!! I love going out and doing things with our kids, but it’s also great to not always have them along! These fries look great! You just can’t go wrong with a great plate of fries! 🙂

    1. Oh, I couldn’t agree more, Kathy! Just getting out of the house without Robbie is a feat…and oftentimes Laura and I just look at it each like “well, now what?” Haha! Of course, we love doing errands and whatnot with him as he is at a hilarious age right now. But getting out without him is also super nice, too. I know you know that feeling as you have a houseful up there! 🙂 Hope you’re doing well, my friend!

  6. Hey David! Good for you guys!! it’s very important to get time alone! even if you talk about your kids all the time! I love all the flavors you packed to these fries! Have a great weekend!

    1. Haha…and, yes, we do often spend the whole time talking about little Robbie! It’s funny how that works. But getting just a couple of hours away is so helpful, and it really recharges our batteries. Thanks so much for the kind words, my friend! And my apologies in the delayed response. We took a nice long vacation, and that means it’s taking me a nice, long time to catch back up here! 🙂

  7. Congrats on having a regular babysitter now. That must be great so I hope you guys have lots of fun activities this summer (is a lavender farm in your list, David?) These baked potatoes look and sound amazing! Indeed, I think there are mostly oven-baked potatoes rather than fried in the Greek cuisine, so yours look authentic to me. And even though straight-out-the oven fries are the best, I could easily eat cold (and soggy) potatoes with some kind of dip. Yes, I’m a weirdo:)

    1. How did you know that a lavender farm was on our list?? Actually, we just got back from vacation in Europe, and we saw lavender growing everywhere. Of course, I thought of how happy you would be around all of that lavender. Haha! So I’m not sure I agree with you about cold, soggy fries. I mean fries are delicious, but I gotta have mine hot from the oven! Either way, thanks for the kind words, my friend. Hope your week is going well!

  8. I have a serious addiction to french fries, but not just any french fry will do, I need them thin and crispy or thick and meaty. These baked Greek fries fit the bill and the addition of feta, olives, tomatoes and red onions sounds divine. So happy to hear you and Laura went out to dinner together, it must be nearly impossible to get out often. So happy to hear you are going to make it a regular thing.

    1. Oh, I think you and I both share that addiction for fries, Mary! I love ’em plain with a generous amount of salt…but I can definitely go for a batch of fries topped with fun things like feta and olives. These Greek Fries were a serious winner! Oh, and it is nearly impossible for us to get out without Robbie, so I can’t tell you how awesome it is to have found a babysitter we trust! Now we can go out to eat…and come home at 9pm when we’re exhausted. Haha! 🙂

  9. Yay yay yay for regular date nights for the two of y’all – even if the convo revolves around Robbie – you guys get to enjoy each other – though, hehe – that’s coming from this single gal! 🙂
    Btw – these fries are such a great idea – and wait – there’s such a thing as cold homemade fries? I had no clue as Lil Shashi is always fighting me for them – and even tries to lick the hot tray clean of those bits that get stuck to it! Loving the feta on these – cannot wait to try this the next time we make fries! Happy Monday, my friend!

    1. Just the very act of getting out of the house without Robbie is enough to recharge our batteries! And of course we spend the whole time talking about all of the funny stuff he is doing lately. He seriously is at a hilarious age right now…although we’ve seen signs of the coming ‘terrible twos.’ Umph. So leftover fries don’t really happen around our house much either. Unless I happen to make a batch when Laura is still at work…and even then, leftovers are still rare. Haha! Do give the Greek toppings a try sometime. The flavors are perfect together! 🙂

  10. What a perfect option for a babysitter! Nice that you and Laura will have some more alone time to talk about Robbie. 😉

    I love those big, rich Greek flavors any way I can get them. So these fries look like perfection to me.

    1. Haha…and you are totally right, Marissa! We spend that time alone talking about all of the funny things that Robbie did that day. He’s at a hilarious age right now, so there’s always stuff that makes us laugh so hard we almost cry. 🙂 Thanks so much for the kind words about these fries, too. They really are quite delicious!!

  11. Yummm, Greek fries are awesome! And YAY for you scoring a babysitter! Seriously, does it get more perfect than having Robbie’s teacher as his babysitter? You guys know that you can trust her to take care of him so you can just relax and enjoy some QT together. I’m glad that you and the wifey will get to have some regular date nights now!

    1. We got totally lucky to get Robbie’s daycare teacher as our babysitter! I mean she knows his habits and cues about as well as we do, so we feel totally comfortable leaving him with her. Plus, Robbie loves when she comes over to play with him! These date nights have been awesome so far…even if all we do is talk about Robbie. And eat fries. Haha! Thanks so much, Nicole!

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