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Pizza Fries Recipe

October 21, 2020

Last Updated on October 21, 2020 by Slow The Cook Down

It’s super easy to make this delicious pizza fries recipe from scratch. Serve them up as a party food appetizer and they are more than perfect for sharing on game day. Made with simple ingredients, these oven baked loaded fries are the real deal!

A baking sheet with the pizza fries served with two forks and a ramekin of ketchup.

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All thanks for this recipe has to go to Mr Slow The Cook Down. We were listening to one of our favorite podcasts, The Office Ladies, they mentioned pizza fries and they were requested to be made almost immediately! Let me tell you, I’m so glad I did!

Made from scratch, oven baked fries are loaded with cheese and pepperoni for a messy and fun party food that is perfect for weekend feasting.

If you are a lover of all things pizza flavored, be sure to check out my Pizza Stuffed Chicken and Pull Apart Pizza Bread.

Ingredients

  • Potatoes: You want to use floury potatoes for the best fries, that crisp up nicely on the outside and are soft and fluffy in the middle. Yukon Gold or Russets are your best bet. Avoid waxy potatoes like reds and fingerlings.
  • Seasonings: Italian seasoning, black pepper and salt.
  • Olive oil: To coat the fries before baking them. You can also use another oil like canola or vegetable.
  • Shredded cheese: I used a blend of mozzarella and cheddar.
  • Pepperoni: Because are they even pizza fries without pepperoni?!

How to make pizza fries from scratch

  • Cut the potatoes into batons (photo 1).
  • Boil in salted water until fork tender (photo 2).
  • Season with the olive oil and herb mix and bake (photo 3).
Step by step photos showing how to cook the fries.
  • Place the cooked fries onto a half sheet pan (photo 4).
  • Top with the cheese and pepperoni (photo 5).
  • Broil until the cheese has melted and the pepperoni is crispy. Garnish with some fresh parsley.
The cooked fries on a sheet pan with the toppings added.
A fry being pulled away with a cheese pull.

Toppings

You can easily adjust this pizza fries recipe to suit your tastes by adding different toppings. Try adding:

  • Pineapple
  • Cooked bacon
  • Black olives
  • Cooked sausage
  • Bell peppers
  • Double cheese

Don’t forget too, that these fries by themselves are super delicious, so you can skip the toppings if you prefer and serve the fries as is for a side or appetizer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you make them ahead of time?

These pizza fries are best served as soon as they are made so they are nice and crispy. You can boil and season the fries a day before and keep them covered in the fridge until you are ready to bake them.

Do you need to boil the potatoes first?

Yes! Don’t skip boiling the potatoes. Like roast potatoes, boiling them first to part cook them helps to get them super fluffy in the middle. If you put them straight in the oven, they can end up being too firm, not the look we are going for.

Do you need to peel the potatoes?

I actually like to keep the skin on as it crisps up really nicely in the oven. Just give them a good scrub and you are good to go. If you prefer, you can peel them first.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Take care not to over boil the potatoes. They should be fork tender but still firm and holding their shape.
  • Once you have drained the potatoes, let them sit for a few minutes to cool down slightly.
  • Coat the fries in the oil mixture a few at a time and handle them gently so they don’t fall apart.
  • Bake the fries in a single layer on the sheet pan and don’t let them touch so that they get nice and crispy all over. Use two sheet pans if needed.
  • Serve the fries on a half sheet pan with your favorite dips. We use ketchup, but marinara, ranch or buffalo wil all work well.
Close up of the baked pizza fries ready to serve.

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Pizza fries on a sheet pan next to a bowl of ketchup.

Pizza Fries Recipe

It's super easy to make this delicious pizza fries recipe from scratch. Serve them up as a party food appetizer and they are more than perfect for sharing on game day. Made with simple ingredients, these oven baked loaded fries are the real deal!
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 481kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes (1.25 kg)
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces shredded cheese (I used a mozzarella and cheddar blend) (1 cup / 110g)
  • 15 slices pepperoni
  • Fresh parsley to garnish

Instructions

  • Cut the potatoes into batons.
  • Add to a large pot of salted water and bring to the boil. Boil for about 10 to 15 minutes until the fries are fork tender but still firm. Drain and let cool slightly.
  • Pre heat the oven to 430F / 220c and line a large baking sheet with foil.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the Italian seasoning, salt pepper and oil.
  • A few at a time, place the fries into the oil mix and coat them all over and lay them on the baking sheet. Repeat with all of the fries and place them in a single layer.
  • Bake in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes until golden brown and fully cooked through. Remove from the oven and switch to broil / grill.
  • Line a smaller, half baking sheet with parchment.
  • Transfer the cooked fries to the smaller baking sheet
  • Top with the cheese and pepperoni and place under the broiler (grill) for 5 to 10 minutes until the cheese has melted and the pepperoni is crisp.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Take care not to over boil the potatoes. They should be fork tender but still firm and holding their shape.
  • Once you have drained the potatoes, let them sit for a few minutes to cool down slightly.
  • Coat the fries in the oil mixture a few at a time and handle them gently so they don’t fall apart.
  • Bake the fries in a single layer on the sheet pan and don’t let them touch so that they get nice and crispy all over. Use two sheet pans if needed.
  • Serve the fries on a half sheet pan with your favorite dips. We use ketchup, but marinara, ranch or buffalo wil all work well.

Nutrition

Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 912mg | Potassium: 1490mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 213IU | Vitamin C: 67mg | Calcium: 204mg | Iron: 3mg
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