Some people call them potato wedges, some steak fries but, around here we call them JoJo’s. I don’t know where it came from or why we call them that. Maybe its an Ohio thing? Who knows! Whatever you call them, their amazing! JoJo’s are typically fried, greasy, and salty. That’s not necessarily a terrible thing but, I’m not big into fried food. Don’t get me wrong, it tastes awfully good but, it leaves me feeling well…awful! My JoJo’s aren’t fried, greasy, or overly salty but, I can assure you, they are just as good and they won’t leave you feeling bleh. They go great with burgers, steaks, chicken, or just about anything you can throw on the grill. Of course, they’re great all on their own too!
Egg whites are the key to making these JoJo’s just as crisp as the typical fried version. Weird right? I got the idea from a recipe for oven fries I found on Pinterest. I was skeptical but, amazed at the results! In the past, I have made my JoJo’s with just oil. They were great that way and still healthier than the fried but, they never got as crisp as I wanted them to. When I decided to use the egg whites, I was simply trying to cut fat to make these even healthier than I already had (It is almost bikini (yeah…in my dreams!) weather after all!) I had no idea that the egg whites would give these JoJo’s the crisp coating I had been missing! With rave reviews from the husband, my two little girls that couldn’t get enough, and a stomach that didn’t feel like a grease pit, I’m happy to say, there is a very good chance I will never crave a fried one again. My waistline thanks me. Let yours too!
Adapted from food.com
Inspiration from ZoomYummy
2 egg whites
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons dried parsley
¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon garlic powder
4 large red potatoes(or the equivalent of) , washed and cut into even wedges
Olive Oil Spray (Optional)
Preheat oven to 375°. Lightly spray 2 baking dishes with non stick cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together all ingredients except potatoes and olive oil spray. Once thoroughly combined, add in potatoes and toss until well coated. Once all potatoes are coated in the mixture, place on a prepared baking dish skin side down with a small space between each wedge so that no sides are touching. Bake the wedges for one hour in the center rack of you oven. If wedges look a little dry after baking, you may spray them with a little olive oil spray and place back in the oven for a couple minutes.