Crispy potato strips

Crispy potato strips are a fun alternative to fries and made even more delicious with freshly grated parmesan and rosemary.

First things first. How do you guys like the new site? (If you’re viewing in a reader, hop on over to the full site to check out the redesign!) It’s been a long time coming and I’m psyched about the fresh new look. I’ve admired Shay’s work for awhile now and am so excited to have had her do the design. Thanks to Emily from Layers of Happiness too! I finally have all my recipes in one spot. Please go check out her awesome blog and give her some love!

fried potato strips with parmesan cheese and rosemary

On to the potato strips! So this weekend started as quite a shit show Friday afternoon as I watched the rain pour down for hours on end and my phone blow up at me warning of flash flooding. Around 12pm I started to see the water overflowing the drainage area on the side of our backyard and slowly overflow toward the bed around our deck. Next thing I know I’m panicking trying to figure out how to get the sump pump at the bottom of our walkout basement steps set up by myself while Ulysses was unreachable at work. Within minutes, gallons of water started pouring down the steps and accumulating outside the door to the basement, rising higher and higher as the drain and sump pump just couldn’t keep up. Watching the water pour into the house through the crack between the door and the door frame, I literally just wanted to cry. There’s nothing you can do at that point until the water/rain stops and you’re just watching your basement flood. So I shut the boiler off, picked up all the gym equipment on the floor I could and just sat there. Eventually, I went into the garage in search of something to try and block the water from flowing down the steps and found a 2×6 that sort of did the trick, at least slowing the flow enough so the sump pump could gain some ground. Thankfully, the rain stopped about 30 minutes later and after a quick trip to a friend’s house to borrow a wet vac, I spent the next 4 hours sweeping and vacuuming about 4 inches of water out of my basement for the 4th time since we’ve lived here.  Ironically, we decided to list our house for sale on Thursday and all I could think was “we better sell this damn place because I’m NOT doing this again”.

Crispy fried potato strips with parmesan cheese

That was Friday. Saturday was better minus all the hiccups and stress that come with bringing a new website live and yesterday, I got stung by a bee and epically failed at grilled pizza.

In the middle of all that though, I made these potato strips and for the first time in my life, legitimately fried something.

Fried potato strips with rosemary and parmesan

1. I have no idea why I waited so long to actually fry a food at home. Oil is goooood.

2. If it means having to deal with a flooded basement again just to eat these, I might actually consider it. Might… Maybe if Ulysses was home next time around because emptying the wet vac no less than 25 times by myself was just slightly annoying.

Yield: 4 servings

Crispy Potato Strips

Crispy Potato Strips

Crispy potato strips are a fun alternative to fries and made even more delicious with freshly grated parmesan and rosemary.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 large russet potato
  • about 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil for frying
  • kosher salt
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • chopped fresh rosemary


  1. Pour the olive oil in a large heavy pot or dutch oven so that the bottom is entirely coated and rises up the sides just a touch. You don't need a tremendous amount of oil a thin layer will do.
  2. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the potato into strips.
  3. Heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  4. Once hot, layer in about 6-8 strips at a time.
  5. Fry them until they start to turn brown and crispy on the edges, flip each strip over and fry for another minute or so.
  6. Remove the strips to a paper towel to drain.
  7. Sprinkle with salt while still hot.
  8. Continue the process until all the strips are fried, adding more oil if needed throughout the frying.
  9. Grate the parmesan cheese on top of the strips and sprinkle with rosemary.


*Parmesan and rosemary can be swapped out for any chopped herb or grated cheese you like.


  1. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

    Here’s to hoping you sell your house sooner than later then! And omg…. one more time of frying and you’ll be a total convert with no going back. I’m like the devil on your shoulder encouraging you to do something bad that is soooo right. ;)

  2. Amy @ Long Drive Journey

    I LOVE french fries, so I can only imagine how delicious these potato strips are. I’ve been saying that I’m going to give up (well not completely) fried french fries in favor of baked ones, but I might have to fry one more thing and make these strips!

  3. Megan {Country Cleaver}

    I would eat a mountain of these fried delights if I had to deal with half the crap you did this weekend. Oh hell, I’d eat a mountain of these even if I didn’t have to deal with all that crap! They look amazing!

  4. Regan @ The Healthy Aperture Blog

    So much to say:

    First up, love the potatoes. I never make homemade french fries b/c I can’t ever get the sticks the right size… they’re always too mushy. This is the the perfect solution.

    I’ve delt with a similar sunken laundry room flooded nightmare. SELL THAT HOUSE.

    Love the new design!

    Lastly… so… you’re using Recipage for your recipe index… but what are you using for the printable/sharable recipe in the actual post? I’m assuming it’s Ziplist? It looks really good. Is it new too?

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Exactly! I find cutting potatoes into “fries” to be impossible too. what’s with that?! Fingers crossed it sells. It’s so ridiculous, it’s only a 5 year old house but the backyard would have to be completely regraded to truly “Fix” the issue. Not happening on my dime. On the recipe thing, it’s the Easy Recipe Plus plugin! I’ve been using it all along actually and absolutely love the plugin. The formatting of it just looks more customized with the site now because my designer styled it to be that way. It actually has a feature that makes it compatible with ZipList which adds that ZipList save button you see next to the print one but it’s not technically ZipList’s plugin.

    1. mattie

      I am wondering the same, if only for the convenience of producing more in one fell swoop ;)
      I would imagine that it could be done. I’m going to play around with it, but if anyone has more experience I’d love to hear it too!

    2. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      I’m sure you could. I would do a temp of around 425 but watch them carefully so they don’t burn and flip half way through. They definitely won’t be as crispy though.

  5. Abbe@This is How I Cook

    Oh, I have been there. Our house floods a lot because of our big trees. But if it rains it can, too. And my husband is never home when it does. Why is that? But these fries look totally worth making and I thank you for that.

  6. brooke

    i made these this weekend and they were delicious! my husband was thrilled that i made homemade potato chips (i used smaller red potatoes so they came out more chip-like). thanks!

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  9. Mary

    I made these last night… OMG! They were a big hit at my house. I used garlic & grated parmesan cheese. I wonder how it would taste if you used a sweet potato with brown sugar & cinnamon sprinkled on top…..

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      yay! so glad you liked them! I bet they’d be delicious with sweet potatoes and cinnamon, almost like dessert!

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  11. Lacey

    I’m a little late to the (flood) party, but wow, what a good idea for the peeled potato skins that get tossed or fed to chickens! I’d rather make these and eat them while cooking something else. Or..on a Sunday afternoon when the sweet potato pancakes I just looked at wear off.
    Thanks for the recipe!

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