Crispy Italian Fries

Want to impress dinner guests? Make these crispy Italian Fries! A combination of melted cheese and Italian herbs will level up your baked oven fry game. Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Sometimes I take a look at the Recipes section of my website for meal inspiration and to see how far my photography has come since I started my blog in 2007.  A lot has changed over the years!

I went back into my archives and saw these Crispy Italian Fries.

HOW COULD I FORGET ABOUT THEM??!

I was on such a good streak of making them 9 years ago and then something happened. I forgot about them.  Maybe it was my crispy potatoes or my incessant love for tater tots that made me forget about them? I’m not letting that happen again.

Also, I am a much better photographer 9 years later so here we are.

DOES THIS ENTICE YOU OR WHAT??!

Big shout out to crispy cheese fans!

Want to impress dinner guests? Make these crispy Italian Fries! A combination of melted cheese and Italian herbs will level up your baked oven fry game. Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

These Italian Fries are something I am going to pull out for company because they are definitely a crowd pleaser.  That and the fact that my child doesn’t really like melted cheese (WHO IS HE?!!) or baked fries.

Want to impress dinner guests? Make these crispy Italian Fries! A combination of melted cheese and Italian herbs will level up your baked oven fry game. Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Needless to say, my husband and I snarfed down this whole tray and a half.  I mean, there were leftovers but I ate those too. Bottom line: between two of us, this recipe lasted less than 24 hours at my house.

Make them. You’ll see why. They’re impressive.

Ingredients involved!

If you’re a Trader Joe’s fan, the Quatro formaggio cheese blend works well with this if you don’t have romano cheese.

Want to impress dinner guests? Make these crispy Italian Fries! A combination of melted cheese and Italian herbs will level up your baked oven fry game. Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Wash/peel potatoes. Keep them in a bowl of water to prevent browning.

Want to impress dinner guests? Make these crispy Italian Fries! A combination of melted cheese and Italian herbs will level up your baked oven fry game. Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Cut potatoes. Although now that I am looking at this I think next time I am going to try this with the skins on because I LOVE crispy potato skin.

Want to impress dinner guests? Make these crispy Italian Fries! A combination of melted cheese and Italian herbs will level up your baked oven fry game. Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

You will need two baking sheets for this recipe. Dry off your potatoes. Add oil to your pans.

Want to impress dinner guests? Make these crispy Italian Fries! A combination of melted cheese and Italian herbs will level up your baked oven fry game. Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Toss potatoes in oil. Add the Italian seasoning on top.

Want to impress dinner guests? Make these crispy Italian Fries! A combination of melted cheese and Italian herbs will level up your baked oven fry game. Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Cheese it up.

Want to impress dinner guests? Make these crispy Italian Fries! A combination of melted cheese and Italian herbs will level up your baked oven fry game. Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Butter makes everything better.

Want to impress dinner guests? Make these crispy Italian Fries! A combination of melted cheese and Italian herbs will level up your baked oven fry game. Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

A little trip in the oven and we have THIS.

Want to impress dinner guests? Make these crispy Italian Fries! A combination of melted cheese and Italian herbs will level up your baked oven fry game. Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Just to give you an idea of how crispy this is…this is what the bottom of the fries look like.

Want to impress dinner guests? Make these crispy Italian Fries! A combination of melted cheese and Italian herbs will level up your baked oven fry game. Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

You know you want some.

Want to impress dinner guests? Make these crispy Italian Fries! A combination of melted cheese and Italian herbs will level up your baked oven fry game. Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Now I am wondering what it would have been like to dip in marinara… NEXT TIME!

And there WILL be a next time.

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Italian Fries

serves 4-5

recipe adapted from Mad Hungry

 

  • 5-6 russet potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian herbs 
  • 1  3/4 grated cheese blend  (mozarella, romano & parmesan)
  • ¼ cup minced parsley
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Coarse salt, black pepper

Preheat oven to 400F. Peel potatoes and slice into 1/3-inch thick French fry-style strips. Place them in cold, salted water so they don’t turn color while you work.

Drain potatoes and pat dry with paper towels. Spread 1 tablespoon of oil on each of two rimmed baking sheets and spread out the potatoes. Overlapping is fine.

Sprinkle the dried herbs evenly over the potatoes. Liberally spread cheese and parsley on top. Drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil over the cheese. Scatter bits of butter around the pans.

Bake until the potatoes are golden brown, rotating the pans after 30 minutes, for a total baking time of 45-50 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve hot.

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  • Priya

    Mmmmmm that’s me salivating! They look amazing- so simple but why have I never thought to sprinkle cheese on baked fries before??
    And I know I should try to make the recipe as is but I don’t think you can get Romano cheese in the UK and we definitely don’t have a Trader Joes here unfortunately. Any other suggestions of cheese or even a description of what it should be like?
    Thanks! You rock! Keep rocking!

  • Sina

    Thanks for reminding me of these! Gorgeous pictures, the lighting is a whole other thing than 2009, although I liked those too 🙂

  • Allison

    OH wow! these look yummy. They would perfect with a frittata for brunch too.

  • Jamie

    How do you cut the fries so perfectly?

  • Carrie Kelleher

    How do you wash your cooking sheet after something like that? It doesn’t look like you use a silpat baking mat or anything. I hate scraping and ruining my cooking sheets so sometimes I avoid these kind of things unless I have parchment or something… BUT these look DELISH! Thanks!

    • Sina

      Hi Carrie,
      (I’m not Tracy!) I made them with parchment paper for the same reason and it worked fairly well , maybe a tiny bit less crispy, I guess. But I suppose it would work fairly well to soak the sheets (I wasn’t in the mood for that either, hence the parchment ;-))

    • Tracy

      I just soak it in water and scrape it off. It takes some time but the fries are worth it!

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  • Megan Cooper

    I always forget these!!! That are SO GOOD and my son’s favorite. Thanks for the delicious reminder. You say marinara…but I’m thinking they need a dip in some ranch. Oh, these are definitely going on the meal plan soon.

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