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Baked French Fries with Blue Cheese Dressing

Looking for a snack idea, a shareable appetizer or a fun side dish? These Baked French Fries are calling your name. Crispy baked fries seasoned with a unique blend of sweet and salty mix and served with a creamy bleu cheese dressing. These fries are baked up crispy without the mess of deep frying.

You can never have too many potato side dish recipes. Try these Sweet Potato Fries next!

Baked french fries with a side bowl of blue cheese dressing.

Why this Recipe Works

Everyone loves french fries? Right?

It’s one of the most popular sides on MY website, and here’s why!

These crispy fries have a sweet seasoning blend on them, similar to a local restaurant. And they’re paired with blue cheese dressing…sounds bizarre but you have to trust me on this!

  • Baked, instead of fried, for a healthier french fry. You’ll also save your kitchen from the mess of splattering oil!
  • Seasoned before AND after baking gives french fries even more flavor.
  • Bleu cheese dressing is tangy, creamy and perfect for dipping or drizzling over baked French fries.

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed for baked french fries with homemade bleu cheese dressing.

Potatoes. Russet potatoes, also called “baking potatoes” are best for baked french fries recipes.

Sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Don’t be alarmed by these “sweet” spices! The contrast of the sweet and salty is delicious, especially when dipped in dressing.

PRO TIP: Want to make classic fries? Skip the seasonings and sugar and just add kosher salt and pepper.

Mayonnaise and Sour Cream. Combined these provide the base for our bleu cheese dressing. Use greek yogurt for sour cream if desired.

Blue Cheese. I buy the pre-crumbled bleu cheese for convenience!

Milk. Choose your milk here. I usually opt for whole milk, but buttermilk is wonderful too. Don’t have any? Make my buttermilk substitute instead!

Easy Oven Instructions

Step by step photos showing how to make baked french fries.

How to make oven baked french fries:

STEP 1. Cut washed and scrubbed potatoes into 1/4 inch slices lengthwise.

STEP 2. Mix together one teaspoon each of sugar, salt and cinnamon with 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg. Set this mixture aside.

STEP 3. Toss the potato slices with olive oil and the remaining spices. Transfer them to a baking sheet in a single layer.

STEP 4. Bake for 45 minutes, turning with a spatula at regular intervals. Serve hot, sprinkled with the reserved spice blend!

For the bleu cheese dressing:

Stir together all the ingredients in a sauce pan. Bring to a simmer and heat until smooth and warm.

Drizzle the dressing over baked fries just before serving. Or, if you prefer, serve it in a separate bowl for dipping!

Blue cheese dressing drizzled on a plate of baked french fries.

Tips and Tricks

  • Not a fan of blue cheese? Baked French Fries are also delicious served up with a side of homemade ranch dressing, Tzatziki sauce or chimichurri sauce!
  • For perfectly golden, crispy fries turn the potatoes every 15 minutes as they bake!
  • Keep dressing warm until ready to serve. If it cools down while the potatoes are baking, reheat it in the microwave.

Recipe FAQs

How can I make this recipe in the air fryer?

If your air fryer has a “bake” setting, you can make these fries the same way you would in the oven. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to make the recipe in two batches to avoid overcrowding.

Can I use vegetable oil instead of olive oil?

Yes, canola or vegetable oil will work fine. Olive oil adds a bit of a stronger flavor and fragrance but the fries are delicious no matter what!

Do I need to peel the potatoes first?

That’s entirely up to you! I don’t bother peeling them because I actually like the taste of a bit of potato skin in my baked fries! If you prefer, you can use a potato peeler to remove the skin prior to slicing.

How do you reheat leftover baked french fries?

These are best served soon after baking. If you end up with leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheat in the oven until hot and crispy.

Baked french fries with bleu cheese dressing in a basket for serving.

More Potato Recipes

Yield: serves 6

Baked French Fries with Blue Cheese Dressing

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Looking for a snack idea, a shareable appetizer or a fun side dish? These Baked French Fries are calling your name. Crispy baked fries seasoned with a unique blend of sweet and salty mix and served with a creamy bleu cheese dressing. These fries are baked up crispy without the mess of deep frying.

Ingredients

For the potatoes:

  • 3-4 russet potatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 2 ½ teaspoons granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon, divided
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg, divided

For the dressing:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degree F. Scrub the potatoes clean and dry completely. Cut potatoes lengthwise into thin strips (about ¼ inch thick).
  2. In a small bowl, combine 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon nutmeg. Set aside, this will be used to sprinkle over potatoes after cooking.
  3. In a large bowl, combine cut potatoes with olive oil and remaining 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt, 1 ½ teaspoon sugar, ½ teaspoon cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon nutmeg. Mix gently.
  4. Pour potatoes onto a large baking sheet (in a single layer as much as possible). Bake for 45 minutes, using a spatula, turn the potatoes over on the baking sheet every 15 minutes.
  5. While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the dressing. Combine all the dressing ingredients into a small saucepan. Simmer over low heat until smooth and warm. Keep warm until ready to serve. This may also be heated in the microwave.
  6. Remove potatoes from oven and immediately sprinkle with reserved cinnamon mixture. Serve with blue cheese dressing.

Notes

  • Not a fan of blue cheese? Baked French Fries are also delicious served up with a side of homemade ranch dressing, Tzatziki sauce or chimichurri sauce!
  • For perfectly golden, crispy fries turn the potatoes every 15 minutes as they bake!
  • Keep dressing warm until ready to serve. If it cools down while the potatoes are baking, reheat it in the microwave.
  • Milk. I usually opt for whole milk, but buttermilk is wonderful too. Don't have any? Make my buttermilk substitute instead!
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    6

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 369Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 1330mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 7g

    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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    Posted on September 21, 2021

    Comments & Reviews

    1. How did you know that fries are my weakness?? As in, I can never stop eating until they’re all gone. Literally. And then I’m craving them as soon as I’ve finished. It’s the worst. I haven’t tried blue cheese sauce with them before — I’m sure it’s deadly! Pinned!

    2. Why is it that food truck food is so good?! It never fails. There was food stand outside of our Lowe’s when we live in TX. I mean, the guy literally parked his little truck right by the exit doors so that as you were checking out you would get a whiff each time the doors opened. I could not leave that place without buying a cheese steak. These fries though, I bet they are better than a food truck! They look incredible!

    3. Food truck food is seriously the best!!! Now I’m not a big blue cheese dressing fan either…so I’m going to trust you when you say I need this in my life. That cup of fries is definitely calling my name!! Sweet and salty is totally my jam!

    4. Honestly, if it came off a food truck, it had to be the best thing ever. You had me sold at the title, mind you, but wow. I am going to make these part of Friday night!

    5. food truck food is always the BEST! but man these fries are making my stomach growl, as in they need to happen at some point TODAY!!

    6. Never been to a food truck, but I’ve been to french fries and blue cheese! I’m all over this one!! Thanks for sharing!

    7. I love that these are baked and the blue cheese dipping sauce sounds so good. Such a great combination!

    8. Well any french fry I see after this will be totally lame! These are fantastic Aimee, and that sauce is incredible. I love potatoes and blue cheese; a winning combination.

    9. I would not be able to resist those fries with that divine blue cheese sauce! I bet it would be delish drizzled on steak too!

    10. These look so golden and crispy! I love homemade french fries, even better if they are baked! The blue cheese sauce…. LOVE. This is such a great snack!

    11. Wowza Aimee! I am one huge french fry fan, and like you I don’t need a special occasion to make them, anytime is a good time for french fries 🙂

    12. In case my family can’t find me, I’ll be hiding in the corner wolfing these fries down. Shhh!! 🙂

    13. Ohhhh man. My weakness….french fries. (Love that these are baked for guilt-free eating.) I usually eat mine with ranch, but now I definitely want to try this homemade blue cheese!

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