Healthy-ish diner style potato wedges


Dammit, I just love stories set in the stereotypical world of 1950s diners.  Grease.  Pleasantville.  Back to the future.  A cinderella story.  Happy days.

As much as I was interested for the storyline, I would always look at the food and think "Yep.  I could eat that."  Fried up to the eyeballs potatoes and full fat milkshakes.  That's what I'm talking about.

I wouldn't share my milkshake though.  Nuh uh.  None of that 'two straws one glass' bullcrap, where one person has drank it at super speed whilst the other person was distracted (what?  This didn't happen to me... I'm not bitter or anything..) Look, let's not be cute here, if we are having milkshakes, we are getting TWO milkshakes and I'm probably going to finish before you and guilt trip you into giving me some of yours.

Anyway, I'm not actually posting a milkshake recipe, so I have no idea why I got so passionate about milkshakes there.  Now I've said milkshakes so much it sounds really stupid.

I'll move on. ...or will I?

I'm talking today about the potato goodness.  Except, I'm not going to fry these badboys.  Oh no.  We're going to attempt the impossible.  BAKED.  HEALTHY.  DINER.  WEDGES.

Yes.  Yes we are.


But how?  I hear you ask?  How can this be?!  They look so unhealthy!

I'm not claiming these can cure cancer, or that in large doses are particularly good for you, but they are pretty tasty, cooked in a healthier oil and much better on the old ticker than french fries.


Plus, let's be honest here, you could even go a step further and make these with like... parsnips or sweet potato or even some other root veg if you were feeling particularly crazy...

Because the flavour and awesomeness is all in the coating.


Not to mention they are relatively easy to make.  They do take a little bit of patience in the oven, but it's worth the wait 10 times over.

YOU WILL NEED
3 medium baking potatoes
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon spelt flour
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
sea salt and pepper to taste

FIRST OF ALL
Preheat your oven to 220°C/ gas mark 7.  Grease up a baking sheet with coconut oil.  Wash your potatoes (don't peel them) and pat dry with a kitchen towel.

CUT ABOVE THE REST
Chop your potatos in half, and then turn over and cut each half in half, and then in half again.  Gordon ramsey did a video on this, and it's pretty helpful.  Once all your potatoes are cut up, place them in a large mixing bowl.  Next melt your coconut oil (I put it in a mug and microwave for a few seconds) and pour over your potatoes.  Give it a mix, making sure the oil covers them all.

IN THE MIX
In a separate bowl/jug/mug, mix together the spelt flour, garlic powder, onion powder and smoked paprika until it's all combined. Add to the potatoes and mix until the mixture covers everything.  The oil should soak it up and it will become a little sticky.

SOME BAKE IT HOT
Next, lay out your wedges on your baking sheet/tray.  Make sure they aren't overlapping if possible, you might need to do it in two lots.  Pop in the oven for 35-40 minutes.  You might need to turn them over half way to crisp up both sides, but it isn't necessary.

SALTY
Remove your wedges from the oven and leave to cool for a few minutes, season with salt and pepper before serving.  Serve with an array of sauces.  Like so:



TADA.  Man, wedges are perfect dunking food.  I won't lie.  We ate a lot of these whilst we were taking the pictures, and they were goooooood.

What diner food makes you happy?



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35 comments:

  1. Yum. Those potato wedges are SO winking at me. ;)

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    1. "Make me... eat me...." Cheers for reading Alex!

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  2. Not going to lie... my mouth is watering a little bit. Okay, a lot. Those look fantastic! And I'm right there with you - retro food always looks so delicious (and I get a little envious from knowing they were not, for the most part, loaded with our modern artificial atrocities).

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    1. Cheers Jessa! Yes, retro food is always a winner, if not because you know you can't get much better (it's had years of practice at being tasty...)

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  3. Those look delicious! I love homemade fries / baked potatoes, there's just nothing like it. :)

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    1. Thank you! And I agree, can't get much better than that!

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  4. Looks pretty good (despite the fact they don't cure cancer). What about the milkshakes? Do they cure cancer? 'Cause they seem like they might...

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    1. I'm not sure, I know they bring all the boys to the yard and I know they taste good.....

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  5. Ouuuuu these looks gorgeous. I will have to try!

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    1. Cheers Ciara! Do it! Let me know if you do :)

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  6. Hi just discovered your blog through Amy@ savory moments and I'm happy that I did.
    Fun to read, great recipes and nice pics, will be back.

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    1. Cheers Daniela! Will check yours out too :)

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  7. These baked potato wedges look so darn crisp and super duper delicious!
    I look forward to your smoothie recipe :-))

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    1. They were pretty crispy, thanks Angie! :)

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  8. I love your baked potato wedges. They would go really well with that milkshake you were talking about.

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    1. Cheers Dawn, I think you're right... I should go and make a milkshake right now...

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  9. What can I use instead of coconut oil, daughter's allergies? Hubby has severe nut allergy and my daughter has random food allergies but not nuts. She runs screaming form ayt kiwi friut she sees. Thanks Emma x

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    1. Hey Katymae, you can use any oil you like. Olive oil is probably your best bet, though it break down easier... so might not be as crispy.

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  10. Healthier but still just as indulgent, these wedges look so addictive! :D
    What a great idea!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  11. Damn! They look so good, I saw the pic on instagram and I've been looking forward to having time to read this post. I have most of the ingredients apart from the spelt flour, guessing I can probably get that at my local 'trose? x

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, I found mine in Asda! You can use normal flour too, it's just this has a nice nuttier flavour. Rye works well too (you just don't need as much)

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  12. I am totally with you on the whole milkshake thing I am so NOT sharing!!!! Aside from that these potato wedges look and sound fab I love them :D

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    1. Ahh good, it's not just me being selfish then :P Thanks Emma!

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  13. these wedges look AWESOME.. and so crispy + crunchy. i can only imagine how good they would have tasted - definitely saving this recipe to recreate in my kitchen. love it!

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  14. Emma these look so delicious! They wouldn't hang around for long in my house!

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    1. Thanks Kat, I won't lie, quite a large portion of them went into my mouth whilst taking the pictures... that's why in some shots there are more than others....

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  15. Wow! They look so crispy! My baked wedges never turn out that good! I'd never share my milkshakes either.....one is never enough, especially if they're the tiny sizes that I usually get in cafes near where I live!

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    1. Thank Von :) Tiny milkshakes should be illegal. This needs to be sorted out.

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  16. Wow these look incredible! I have bookmarked so I make sure I make them!!!

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  17. Beautifully done, as usual! You're such a pro! Also, I think that garlic powder is probably the dandruff of the gods. It just makes everything so bloody good. (and for the record, I'm with you on the milkshake front!)

    Owl Girl | A London lifestyle blog

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  18. They look so so good with all the little crispy crunchy looking bits on the edges. I wish my potato wedges turned out like these! I'll have to have a go your way.

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