Baked Blue Cheese Fries that are roasted in the oven until they are perfectly crispy and then topped with blue cheese and drizzled with buffalo sauce couldn't be more delicious.
These oven baked fries with blue cheese and a buffalo sauce drizzle are my absolute favorite side dish to serve for game day inspired meals. They are a must with these Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joes or Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken.
Baked fries and blue cheese make one amazing side dishes, especially when I am craving something indulgent. Since blue cheese is packed with flavor, you only need a small amount to add a lot of flavor. It's a great trick for keeping things light when you are craving cheese. Instead of choosing something mild, choose something that packs in a lot of flavor. That way you don't need as much. It saves on calories and reduces the amount of saturated fat.
Another trick that I use in this recipe to get really crispy oven baked fries is egg whites. Believe it or not, coating the fries in a thin layer of egg whites helps them to get super crispy in the oven without needing oil. The egg whites stick to the potatoes and turn brown and crispy in the oven in the best way possible. Don't worry, they have no egg flavor at all. It just makes for a super crunchy coating that is hard to achieve with a baked french fry.
Now back to the fries! Since this version is topped with blue cheese crumbles and buffalo sauce, I like to keep the seasoning simple - garlic powder, salt, and pepper is all you need. Once they are ready, sprinkle the blue cheese over top and send them back to the oven until the cheese just starts to melt. And then add a little or a lot of buffalo sauce!
There are a few ways you can adjust this recipe depending on your diet.
- Low carb: For a low carb version of these blue cheese baked fries, use turnips instead of the potatoes. They have a mild flavor and bake to be crispy and delicious. Most people won't even notice they aren't potatoes since they will be so distracted by the toppings. You can also use roasted cauliflower, but it won't have the same french fry feeling.
- Use a different cheese: If you aren't a fan of blue cheese and all its stink, you can use another cheese. Since this recipe only uses 1/4 cup of cheese in total, look for something that packs a lot of flavor like an aged cheddar or aged gouda. You could also use feta or goat cheese.
- Sweet potatoes: If you love the combo of salty, sweet, and spicy, you may want to try this recipe with sweet potatoes!
- Try out other veggies: For a twist on this recipe, you can try all kinds of different vegetables to make your fries. You could make zucchini fries, green beans fries, or even carrot fries. You could also make them with Baked Potato Chips or Baked Carrot Chips.
Can I make these without egg whites?
Since originally posting this recipe, I always get lots of questions about making them with something other than egg whites. For a crispy, baked french fry recipe, I would recommend using these Skinny Fries and you can make them with all potatoes or half potatoes and half turnips as the recipe suggests. Basically, it is the same recipe but olive oil instead of the egg whites.
How do reheat leftover baked fries?
If you think you may have leftover french fries, something that has never happened in our house, it is best to store leftover french fries by themselves and then add the blue cheese and buffalo sauce to serve since it will make the fries soggy. To reheat the plain fries, place them on a baking sheet and spray with a little extra cooking spray. Then cook at 450 degrees for 3-5 minutes.
Make it a Meal
Want french fries for dinner? It's actually pretty easy to turn these into a surprisingly healthy meal. Think french fries meet nachos. Add some shredded chicken and black beans to the french fries when you are adding the blue cheese, adding a little extra cheese or some shredded mozzarella if needed. Once the cheese melts, add the buffalo sauce. Seriously delicious and no one will ever believe it is actually a pretty well-balanced meal.
You can also make a vegetarian version by using just black beans or black beans and some thinly sliced tempeh. The tempeh works well with the buffalo sauce and pungent taste of the blue cheese. And if blakc beans aren't your thing, you any kind of bean you like - pinto beans, white beans, or chickpeas are the most I reach for most often.
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Baked Blue Cheese Fries
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- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut the potatoes into thin fries. Toss with egg whites.
- Remove from egg whites, letting excess drip off. Season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
- Place in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.
- Sprinkle blue cheese over top and bake for 3-5 more minutes until just melted. Drizzle with buffalo sauce.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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