It also came as quite a blow to find out french fries are not only not good for you --they are also environmentally unfriendly due to the large amount of oil needed to make them. But there is a pretty good oven fried substitute,
3 (8 oz) potatoes, peeled
5 tablespoons vegetable oil or peanut oil
Salt and ground black pepper
Adjust oven rack to lowest position. Preheat oven to 475 degrees F.
Cut each potato into about 10-12 equal size wedges. Soak potato wedges in a large bowl of hot tap water for 10 minutes.
Pour 4 tablespoons of the oil into a 12×18 inch heavy duty rimmed baking sheet.
Sprinkle 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper over the oil; swirl it around. Salted oil helps keep the potatoes from sticking quite so much.
Drain the potato wedges and pat them dry on a layer of paper towels. Remove as much moisture as possible.
Wipe out the bowl you used for soaking and return potato slices to bowl. Toss potatoes with remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Lay potatoes in pan with salted oil.
Cover pan tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 5 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake until golden – 15-20 minutes (check at 15). Rotate pan halfway through.
Using a spatula, scrape potato wedges up off pan and flip them over. Bake another 5 to 15 minutes or until potatoes or golden brown all over.
drain. Add extra salt or hot pepper flakes if desired.