Appetizer | January 19, 2020

Loaded Cheese Fries

The OG cheese fries! These bad boys went viral years and years ago and for a reason. Hot Potato fries, with a delicious special ranch cream sauce, cheesy goodness, bacon, chives and all the fixing. These loaded cheese fries have been #1 on our blog for years for a reason!!

WHAT ARE LOADED CHEESE FRIES?

Cheese fries are fries + cheese. LOADED cheese fries are potato fries topped with cheese, ranch or sour cream (or our secret sauce), bacon, chives/green onion or any other toppings you love! Loaded cheese fries are perfect for family gatherings, game nights, football parties and so many more occasions.

INGREDIENTS TO MAKE CHEESE FRIES

  • baked fries
  • cheeses
  • ranch sauce
  • bacon- crumbled
  • chives or green onion

DO I USE FRESH OR FROZEN FRIES?

YOU CAN USE BOTH!! My favorite is using russet potatoes and making those first so I’m going to show how to make homemade fries. They’re more like a steak fry or potato wedge. If you are making the fries from frozen potatoes fries simply bake them too before coming to the next steps of adding toppings.

HOW TO MAKE BAKED POTATO FRIES

I prefer to use russet potatoes, but really you can use any potato you have on hand. Cut them into steak fry sizes.

PROTIP: the thicker and larger the fry the longer it will take to bake.

Take your fries now and toss them generously in olive oil. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet in a single layer and bake.

PROTIP- you can use foil or a non-stick spray on your baking sheet but I have found the best is parchment paper. My potatoes don’t stick with parchment paper.

Bake for about 20 minutes and flip the fries and bake for another 20 minutes. You want them slightly golden brown and crispy.

Now that you have hot and fresh potato fries you’re ready to load them up.

WHAT TOPPINGS DO I USE FOR LOADED CHEESE FIRES?

My favorite toppings are

  • ranch sauce
  • cheese
  • chives
  • bacon

Other toppings that go great on fries are!

HOW TO MAKE SPECIAL RANCH CREAM SAUCE

Ranch alone is too overpowering and competes with the flavors of the toppings. So we make a perfect sauce to compliment the flavors and add a delicious cool creaminess to the fries.

Combine ranch, sour cream and milk and whisk together for the perfect consistency. 

HOW TO LOAD UP YOUR CHEESE FRIES?

FIRST of all I highly recommend, ok I dont recommend I DEMAND adding 3/4’s of your ranch cream sauce first.

  1. add remaining ranch sauce on top.
  2. add handfuls of cheese
  3. crumbled bacon
  4. chives

WHAT CAN I BAKE LOADED FRIES IN?

For really large batches I use a full sheet pan, and trust me- you need BIG BATCHES! For smaller batches of fries use a cast iron skillet! They are awesome for keep the potatoes nice and warm while you eat them.

I don’t recommend a thin pan like a enamelware jelly pan- they cool too quickly.

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5 from 13 votes
cheesy potato fries
cheesy fries
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Super easy and delicious cheesy potato wedges loaded with sour cream, bacon bits and green onions. Serve this as a side or as a comfort food meal all on its own!

Course: side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Potato Wedges, Cheesy Wedges, Loaded Wedges
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 680 kcal
Author: Desarae
Ingredients
  • 4-6 Potatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Sea Salt Fresh ground pepper, your favorite seasoning salt
Sour Cream/Ranch Sauce:
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/4 cup milk
Toppings:
  • 1 cup or as much as you like Shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup real bacon bits
  • 1/4 cup green onions
Instructions
  1. 1.Cut potatoes into "steak french fries" size.
  2. {I like them thicker...but that means it will also take a little longer to cook than skinny ones.}
  3. 2.Place on foiled baking sheet.
  4. 3.Drizzle with olive oil and lightly toss with tongs.
  5. 4.Sprinkle salts and pepper over the potatoes.
  6. 5.Bake 400 for 40 minutes or until fork tender
  7. 6. in separate bowl mix:
  8. sour cream, Ranch dressing and milk.
  9. 7.On a separate platter smooth out 3/4 of the sour cream sauce.
  10. 8. Place hot potatoes on sour cream sauce.
  11. 9. Drizzle remaining sour cream sauce on potatoes
  12. Sprinkle toppings.
  13. Place under broiler for a few seconds to re-melt cheese.
  14. Your cheesy potato wedges are going to be messy and delicious.

Nutrition Facts
cheesy fries
Amount Per Serving
Calories 680 Calories from Fat 486
% Daily Value*
Fat 54g83%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 84mg28%
Sodium 689mg30%
Potassium 1055mg30%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 825IU17%
Vitamin C 27mg33%
Calcium 433mg43%
Iron 7.6mg42%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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  1. I’m trying these tonight, but changing it up a bit..
    Instead of cutting potatoes, we’re trying frozen wedges..
    we’ll be adding salt, pepper, garlic & onion powder to the wedges, then cooking them in a fry daddy, then adding everything else after there done.. Then of course melt the cheese! Also having 7 layer dip! Mmmm!

  2. What exactly do you mean by ” !Ranch Sauce “? I know Ranch Dressing but Ranch sauce, in a ‘packet’? What might that be, pray tell?

    1. Thanks for bringing that to my attention! The !Ranch Sauce was a technical error by the recipe card. I re-wrote it and it worked this time. The “ranch sauce” is the combination of the ingredients of milk, ranch and sour cream. Does this make better sense?

  3. Your recipes are delicious!! These looks so good! That combo of ranch and sour cream make a delicious sauce!! These would definitely be worth the 40 minute wait! Thanks for sharing!

  4. These look so good. Bacon and cheese combo; you can never go wrong. That holds true with the sourcream and ranch. I will have to show my wife these, so we can make them for football Sunday. Thank you.

  5. okay i just had to comment….i’ve made these about 3 or 4 times and they are literally the BEST thing i’ve EVER eaten….i cannot even begin to explain. i will say this….i cut the recipe in half and eat the whole thing (it’s so bad, yet so good) ….thank you so much for sharing!

  6. Can you substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream? I have a ton of Greek yogurt left over from making muffins and wanted to know if I could use it for the sauce

    1. I bet you could! We have a friend who aubs Greek yogurt for sour cream all the time. Maybe a little bit more of a tangy flavor? If you try it tell me how it was!? I’m so curious.

  7. I am pregnant and this baby’s favorite recipe. And since the baby is in charge around here…cheesy potato fries it is.

    1. Annie! Truly one of the best things about pregnancy…the guilt-free ability to give in to whatever baby wants. It’s only maternal, right? I need to catch up on blogs, I had no idea you were pregnant again :) Congrats!

  8. 5 stars
    This was one of the absolute best recipes I’ve ever made. I divided everything in half to make it for two people instead and instead of making your own fries or using steak fries, we used frozen crinkle cut and it was still very delicious. Highly recommended!

  9. 5 stars
    OH MY WORD!! I made this tonight but cut the potatoes into 1 inch pieces and used store bought pork BBQ instead of bacon. My family thinks I am a Rock Star!!!