Cut potatoes lengthwise into 1/2 inch sticks. Place sticks in a bowl of ice water to crisp. Drain, pat dry with paper towels.
Place potato sticks in a plastic bag. Add cooking oil, paprika and salt. Shake to coat.
On a large baking sheet, arrange the potato sticks in a single layer. Bake in a 425F oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden, turning once or twice. If desired, serve with catsup.
Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana