6 large baking potatoes, scrubbed (about 3 pounds)
Nonstick cooking spray
Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
Cut potatoes in half lengthwise. Place each half, cut side
down, on cutting board and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-
thick shoestrings. Place slices in a mixing bowl and toss
with desired seasoning mixture (see accompanying
recipes) or salt and pepper to taste.
Line 2 baking sheets with foil, and coat the foil lightly with
nonstick cooking spray. Divide potatoes between the
2 pans and spread evenly. Bake about 10 minutes, remove
from oven and turn over the potato slices. Return pans to
the oven and bake another 10 to 15 minutes, until potatoes
are lightly browned and fork-tender.
In a small bowl combine 2 teaspoons paprika, 1 teaspoon
onion powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. For a spicier mixture,
add 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper.
In a small bowl, combine 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder,
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon
salt. For more zip, double up on the garlic and pepper.
In a small bowl, combine 1 teaspoon chili powder,
1 teaspoon cumin powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. For more
heat, add 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes.