Toaster Oven Garlic Fries. A lightened up recipe for toaster oven baked fries covered in sweet roasted garlic, olive oil and parsley. Just like the ballpark but better for you!
Growing up in Los Angeles County in the late 80’s / early 90’s meant you bled Dodger blue. I’ve been to more Dodger games than I can count, some I’m probably even too young to remember. Although my baseball fandom has waned over the years, my love of ballpark food remains resilient.
Ballpark concessions are where diets go to die and the only place someone would pay $20.00 for a Big Mother Funnel Burger. For years I was a diehard churro fan but then came garlic fries. It was like eating crispy home fries covered in salty oil and pungent garlic.
This recipe for Toaster Oven Garlic Fries captures those irresistible ballpark flavors with a lot less of the grease and calorie guilt. One bite and I was back in the cheap seats watching Orel Hershiser pitch another shutout inning.
The ingredients are simple just potatoes, parsley, oil, garlic, salt and pepper for a two serving batch.
Raw garlic can be sharp and overpowering to the pallet. To really enjoy garlic’s beautiful balance of sweet and pungent you need to roast it. Don’t worry it’s easy and pretty impressive. The garlic roasts at the same time the fries bake.
With this toaster oven recipe you get a plate of garlic fries with a side of extra roasted garlic that will keep in your fridge for two weeks, if it lasts that long. The leftover roasted garlic would make a great addition to Veggie Hummus Flatbread, Spicy Chickpea Edamame Salad Pitas and these Mango Sriracha Potato Veggie Bowls
Toaster Oven Garlic Fries – Step By Step
Preheat toaster oven to 425 F, line a baking sheet with foil and lightly grease.
Remove flaky skin from the garlic and slice the top off keeping the whole head intact. Place garlic over a piece of foil and drizzle with olive oil filling the head to the top. Wrap the garlic tightly in foil and set aside on prepared baking sheet (but do not put it in the oven just yet).
Wash and slice the potatoes into sticks. Place sliced potatoes in a bowl and toss with oil, salt and pepper.
Arrange potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet with wrapped garlic. Bake at 425 F for 30 to 35 minutes turning the fries once around the 15 minute mark.
When done, the fries will be browned, crispy on the outside but fluffy on the inside.
The garlic cloves will be golden and soft, the largest clove should mush under the pressure of a knife. Allow the garlic to cool slightly before handling.
To remove individual cloves, hold the garlic head and gently press your thumb upwards against the bottom of the clove, it will pop right out.
To make the topping, mince the parsley (including stems) and 2 cloves of the roasted garlic. Add the minced parsley and garlic to a small bowl. Stir in olive oil and salt. Pour over warm fries and serve.
To store the remaining roasted garlic, place cloves in a mason jar and fully cover with olive oil. They will keep for at least two weeks and are perfect for adding to a stir fry, Sriracha Vinaigrette or spread on toast.
Other Toaster Oven Snacks you might enjoy: kid-friendly Toaster Oven Pizza Bagels, crispy flaky Toaster Oven Kale Chips, Toaster Oven Baked Pita Chips that are perfect for dipping in hummus or salsa or this small batch of Toaster Oven Veggie Nachos.
Nutritional Information is an estimate for 1/2 of recipe.