After a particularly greuling day full of doctors appointments and screaming children, Dave and I needed a respite. I couldn’t stand the thought of cooking and it was already late in the day, so we stopped in for happy hour at a local brewery. Lucy dug into a box of crayons, the baby napped, Dave spaced out to a baseball game on the bar television, and I sipped a very large, cold hefeweizen. It was just what the doctor ordered.
We picked a smattering of appetizers which included a plate of “buffalo fries”: soggy steak fries in a pool of buffalo sauce with some melted cheese on top. It was a dish that was much better in theory than in execution. And even though it was a pretty crappy appetizer, the thought of it stayed with me all week. I could make it better. Perfect, even.
And so can you. Grab a few yukon gold potatoes, a bunch of green onions, crumbled gorgonzola cheese, shredded jack, Johnny’s seasoning salt (or your favorite variety), buffalo sauce (I like Frank’s), and blue cheese dressing.
Begin by slicing the potatoes into wedges. You’re welcome to use regular old russet potatoes, but I find that for oven fries, yukon golds have a better texture and flavor.
Throw them in a bowl and toss with a little cooking oil.
Spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet and sprinkle with seasoning salt.
Roast in the oven until golden and crisp around the edges, roughly 15 minutes per side.
Next, find yourself an oven safe plate or platter that you’d like to serve the fries on. Carefully spread the hot fries onto it.
Drizzle with buffalo sauce…
…and top with the shredded jack and crumbled gorgonzola. Place under the broiler for a few minutes, just until the cheese is melted and starting to bubble.
Chop up the light green parts of the scallions…
…and sprinkle on top of the finished fries.
Of course you can’t serve anything “buffalo” without blue cheese dressing on the side.
Now these are buffalo fries done right. The potatoes are crisp and salty, the buffalo sauce adds heat, and the creaminess of the melted cheese tempers the spice. Make these for your next party and your friends will never leave.
I’m going to whip up a plate of these next time Dave and I need a break. Which is…pretty much always.
Buffalo Fries printable pdf
Serves 4-5 as an appetizer. Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes
- 3 large yukon gold potatoes
- 2 tbsp cooking oil
- seasoning salt
- 1/3 c buffalo sauce
- 1 c shredded jack cheese
- 1/3 c crumbled gorgonzola cheese
- 3 green onions
- blue cheese dressing (optional, for dipping)
1. Preheat oven to 475F. Slice each potato in half lengthwise, then each half into 6 wedges. Place in a bowl and toss with cooking oil. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment or Silpat. Sprinkle with seasoning salt. Roast for 15 minutes, then turn fries, sprinkle with more seasoning salt, and roast for an additional 15 minutes.
2. Set oven to broil. Carefully place hot fries onto an oven safe platter. Drizzle with buffalo sauce, then sprinkle with cheeses. Broil until cheese is melted and just begins to bubble. Remove from oven.
3. Dice green onions and sprinkle over the top of the fries. Serve with blue cheese dressing on the side.