Recreating the Elusive Seasoned Potato Wedge

Raphael Sullivan ’23
EE Staff Writer

Can’t get enough seasoned potato wedges from the cafeteria? Try making them yourself at home.

The cafeteria’s seasoned potato wedges have long been a fan favorite among students of Trumbull High, however, their availability has dramatically diminished over time. As students, it has been difficult to mourn this loss of potatoey goodness. Luckily, there’s a way for you to create your own spicy wedges on your own, at home. 

According to Dia Ruskay, THS Food Service Manager, the spiced potato wedges are actually bought premade and not prepared in-house. She cited McCain Foods as the company that supplies the wedges. McCain is a worldwide organization, specializing in potato products that serves up everything from french fries to potato wedges. McCain Foods is Canadian-based and is the largest seller of frozen potato products in the world according to their website, mccainpotatoes.com.

But if the spiced wedges are bought as-is, why are they never available? Well, Ruskay has this to say on the matter: “With the supply chain issues, we never know which type of potato we’ll get”.

The other issue with the spiced potato wedges is the number of wedges eaten. With such a huge student population, the cafeteria staff goes through an absurd amount of potato wedges. “We go through about 300 lbs per day,” said Ruskay. “It’s just too much”.   As soon as the cafeteria gets its next shipment, hungry students eat them all up. 

McCain’s competitor, Lamb Weston, also sells these spiced wedges. Both these companies, though, are built to sell their products to organizations and not retail buyers. As a result, sourcing them as an individual is problematic. To that extent, it might just be easier to make them yourself.

The THS kitchen staff and I figured out a way we could recreate McCain’s spiced wedges. Give our recipe a try:

Recipe: Homemade Seasoned Potato Wedges:

Prep Time  Cook Time  Total Time 
10 Minutes  40 minutes  50 Minutes

 

Ingredients Recipe
  • 3 potatoes
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil 
  • 2 tbsp of paprika 
  • 2 tbsp of cayenne 
  • 2 tsp of salt and pepper 
    • (Additional spices and amounts are up to your discretion)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F
  2. Wash potatoes
  3. Peel and slice into 4 wedges
  4. Boil in hot water for 5 minutes
  5. Add to bowl with olive oil, paprika, cayenne, salt, pepper, and any additional spices 
  6. Mix thoroughly 
  7. Add to a pan with parchment paper
  8. Cook for 40 minutes
  9. Let sit for a few minutes
  10. Enjoy

 

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