I used to have a flatmate who was highly neurotic about food. There were so many things she wouldn’t eat, it was easier to list the things she would eat. As well as being vegan, she had a massive list of things that apparently “give you cancer“. You know, really harmful stuff like vegetable oil, and sugar, and wine and coffee and things. Yikes.
As you might imagine, there was no way on earth that she would eat – whisper it – a chip. No! Not with all that oil! And salt! You might as well start chain-smoking filterless cigarettes and necking cheap gin.
But she did used to make potato wedges sometimes, as a special treat. Somehow, by virtue of being made with unpeeled potatoes, and a very small amount of olive oil, and no salt (in her version at least), they were allowed, but on very special occasions only.
They’re no substitute for chips, but they are pretty good in their own right. Her potato wedges, if memory serves, were unseasoned, or possibly sprinkled with a few (organic) herbs – the detail eludes me. My potato wedges are heavily seasoned – the hot smoked paprika brings heat and a delicious warm smoky flavour, while the paprika and oregano add an aromatic sweetness. These are great as a side dish, or as a substantial snack, with some sour cream or mayonnaise to dip them in.
But don’t blame me if you end up getting cancer…
This amount makes enough as a side dish for two hungry adults and a small person.
- 700-750g potatoes
- 1 tsp paprika
- 0.25 tsp hot smoked paprika
- 1 tsp oregano
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 180C.
- Scrub the potatoes thoroughly to remove all the dirt. Cut the potatoes lengthwise into 6-8 wedges. Transfer the potato wedges to a mixing bowl.
- Add the paprika, smoked paprika, oregano and olive oil. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Mix everything very thoroughly so that the potato wedges are coated in the oil, herbs and spices.
- Spread out on a non-stick baking sheet into an even layer. Bake at 180C for 50-60 minutes until brown and crispy. (If you can be bothered, you can turn them over halfway through cooking.)
- Serve with dips, or as a side dish.