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How to Make Oven-Baked Loaded Potato Wedges


If you're looking for a side dish that is perfect for any meal, all you need is 10 minutes to prep, Russet potatoes, bacon, and cheese, and you're ready to make the loaded baked potato wedges. Quick and easy, this side-dish will be your new favorite dish to make.

Freshly-made loaded potato wedges in a wooden bowl.

Who doesn’t love potatoes? Potatoes as a side dish? Even better! Are you sick of eating the same side dishes all the time and are trying to find something different? These oven-baked and loaded potato wedges are just the side dish you need for your next meal. Think of them as a mix between french fries and a loaded baked potato.

They’re a little bit bigger than a shoestring french fry with all the toppings of a baked potato. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. If you’re like me and have a hard time thinking about what sides to make, loaded potato wedges can be your new go-to dish. It pairs perfectly with anything you’re grilling on a hot summer day. Whether you’re grilling chicken, fish, steak, or hamburgers, these loaded potato wedges will be a perfect complement to your protein.

Quick Prep Time and Minimal Clean Up

Instead of having salty french fries, baked potato wedges are a healthier alternative for your craving. When you make something yourself, you can watch how much salt and oil you are using to make sure it’s a little healthier. With the spices used in this dish, you might not use as much salt as you normally would have anyway. It is also quick to prepare, with minimal cleanup.

All you’ll need is a cutting board, sharp knife, spatula, and a baking sheet. In ten minutes flat your wedges will be ready for the oven. The only bummer is that it takes about 45 minutes to cook, so make sure you put it in the oven early enough so it will be ready when it’s dinner time. On a positive note, this gives you plenty of time to prepare the rest of the food, spend quality family time, or get some housework done.

Dishes that don’t take too long to prepare make it easier for people who don’t have a lot of time. Maybe you work full-time or just haven’t had time to prepare anything with all the errands and housework you have, you don’t want to add on the pressure of what to cook for dinner.  As long as you have a bag of Russet potatoes, bacon, and cheese handy, you can make this dish in no time. Make sure you use Russet potatoes as the quality will be better and it will be easier to cut them into even wedges.

Oven-Baked Loaded Potato Wedges Instructions

Prep time: 10 minutes

Bake time: 40-45 minutes

Serving size: 4-6 people, but can easily be adjusted to serve more people by doubling the ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 large Russet potatoes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese – your preference on the kind
  • 1/4 cup bacon bits or 2-3 slices of cooked bacon crumbled into tiny pieces

Step One: Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Step Two: Wash and scrub the potatoes.

The potatoes are sliced into wedges.

Using a cutting board and a sharp chef’s knife, cut the potatoes into wedges. Don’t peel the potatoes, you want to leave the skin on. You should the potatoes equally, making them about 1/2 inch to 3/4 of an inch thick. They should look like french fries, between the size of a shoestring and steak fry. Making sure the fries are as similar in size will help them to bake evenly. You don’t want some to be burnt or overcooked while others are not cooked at all.

Step Three: Spread the potatoes in an even layer on the baking sheet.

The potatoes are then placed on a baking pan evenly.

Drizzle oil over the potatoes and toss to coat. You want to make sure the potatoes are evenly coated so that the outer layer will have a slight crisp to them. Now sprinkle the salt, paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder over the potatoes evenly.

Step Four: Place pan in the center of the oven. Set timer for 20 minutes.

While you wait, you can start prepping for the rest of your meal to go with your side dish. Once the timer goes off, use a spatula to flip and stir the potatoes. This will help the potatoes to cook more evenly and not stick to the foil.

Step Five: Place the pan back in the oven and set the timer for another 20 minutes.

Step Six: When the timer goes off, take the pan out of the oven.

Check the potatoes carefully. They should be a light golden brown color. If they’re not, return them to the oven for another 5-10 minutes until you’re satisfied with the color. Next check to make sure it’s the right consistency. Find the biggest or fattest wedge and poke it with a fork. It should be completely soft all the way through. You can also do a taste test to make sure it’s too your liking. If it’s not, put it back in the oven for a few more minutes.

Step Seven: If you’re satisfied with the texture, sprinkle cheese evenly over the potatoes and top with the bacon bits.

Cheese and bacon are then added onto the pan.

Step Eight: Return the pan to the oven for 4-5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Serve hot and right from the oven. For additional flavor, and to make it really loaded like you would get in a restaurant, try topping your wedges with some sour cream and some chives. That will really make the dish wow everyone.

A close look at freshly-baked loaded potato wedges.

It’s Dinner Time

These loaded wedges are the perfect complement to any meal. It may take a little bit to cook, but the prep time is fast, giving you plenty of time to prepare the rest of the meal or get chores done around the house. This dish also goes with everything and is jam-packed with savory flavors like spices, bacon, and cheese. It will definitely be a crowd-pleaser and a new go-to side dish for any meal. Your guests may even request it on their next visit. You really can’t go wrong with loaded baked potato wedges. Try it for your next meal. You and your family will be glad you did.

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