Baked Spicy Fries with Garlic Cheese Sauce

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Hot, fresh, baked spicy fries are going to come out of your oven tonight. They just are. And I’m putting you under citizen’s arrest if you don’t cover your face in garlic cheese sauce.

Did I say face? I meant fries. Fries, face, maybe both.

As you can see from my extreme close-up photos, I’m having trouble keeping my face away from these little guys.

Baked Fries

Here’s the deal, you guys. I LOVE FRENCH FRIES. I would go so far as to say that French fries are currently my number one restaurant food. Which is saying a lot because I go to a lot (probably too many) restaurants and I eat a lot of (probably too much) delicious food.

When we go out to eat, there are three possible French fry scenarios.

  1. I order an innapropriately large platter of fries (waffle, please) and the waitress asks would I like some seasoned sour cream? And yes I would. YES. I. WOULD.
  2. I restrain myself from ordering fries which causes me to get the shakes and break out in a cold sweat, so I eat all of my husband’s fries instead.
  3. I don’t order fries, and my husband doesn’t order fries, and we have to stop at McDonald’s on the way home.  Regrettable.

When doing fries at home, I’ve always relied heavily on the frozen fries in a bag (Alexia Spicy Sweet Potato Fries, anyone?). Then I realized that those frozen fries in a bag are supposed to serve 8 people, not 2.  Thanks a lot, frozen fries in a bag.  Thanks a lot.

So for the last few weeks, I have been testing homemade French fry recipes like crazy. Sampling all those fries and all…. well, let’s be real. It was pretty strenuous. But all that sacrificial work has come to a close now that I’ve found my all-time best and favorite French fry recipe.

These fries are spicy, but not actually spicy, just loaded with salty flavor. They’re crispy, but not too crispy, just golden brown and soft on the inside.  They’re healthy, but not too healthy, just baked so you can eat a few extras. YUMYUMYUM!

And the garlic cheese sauce? Seriously. No explanation needed. YUM.

Baked Fries

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Baked Spicy Fries with Garlic Cheese Sauce
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Serves: 4
  • 7-8 medium Idaho baking potatoes
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon seasoning salt
  • 1½ teaspoons smoked sweet paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • coarse sea salt to taste
  • 2 ounces light cream cheese
  • a splash of milk
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • ½ teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 ounce good quality shredded cheese of choice (I used a sharp white French cheese... honestly I can't remember the name! woops.)
  1. Preheat the oven to 430.
  2. Wash and dry the potatoes. Cut them into french-fry sized strips - about ¾ inches wide. Pour egg whites over fries, pour seasonings over fries, and stir to combine.
  3. Place a large sheet of parchment paper over each baking sheet (I used 2 baking sheets). Scoop the potatoes onto the parchment paper. Do not dump the whole bowl out because there will be some leftover egg whites in the bottom of the bowl and you don't want that on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, take the baking sheets out and remove the parchment paper and slide the fries directly onto the baking sheet. They should slide off easily. Bake for another 5-8 minutes; remove from oven and stir, being careful to keep the shape of the fries. Continue this (bake, stir, bake, stir) until the fries have a puffy golden brown outside that is dry to the touch. They should be a little crispy but soft on the inside. Total bake time will be about 25-35 minutes.
  4. For the cheese sauce, melt the cream cheese in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Whisk in the milk, garlic, seasoning salt, and oil until smooth. When smooth, add the cheese. Melt for another 20-30 seconds and whisk again until totally smooth, adding more milk to thin out the sauce to your desired consistency. Pour over fries and enjoy!
I used a microwave for the sauce because I was short on time, but you could also use a regular saucepan on a stovetop.

Fries Nutrition

PS.  Remember when they were called Freedom fries?

PSS.  Garlic Cheese Sauce loves you.

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  1. Garlic cheese sauce?! I’m dying. Love your blog! :)

  2. Finally, a worthy reason to buy parchment paper…

  3. Lizabeth K. says:

    Wow! These would definitely count as a meal, right??

  4. good gosh, gimmie some of this!! absolutely to die for. i’m obsessed with french fries lol

  5. These fries sound amazing!

  6. I think I love garlic cheese sauce!

  7. Why yes, yes I will make these for dinner tonight. To go with bacon wrapped meatloaf thankyouverymuch!

  8. Oh, geez. Just, oh geez. I need these.

    p.s Those Alexia bags only feed the two of us also! Glad to hear it’s not just my husband and I being gluttons.

  9. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to make the perfect fries at home (baked) and just fail miserably. The egg whites sound like the perfect trick! Trying this asap, like tonight.

  10. Oh, wow. Fries are my #1 pregnancy craving right now, and I just bought a fry cutter . . . so it looks like these are meant to happen.

    • I was JUST THINKING about buying a fry cutter. Do they have those for waffle fries?

      • I use a Mandolin to make waffle fries. Now I can’t wait to try these cheese fries. I totally agree that those bags of fries only should feed 2. I prefer to believe that was a misprint.

  11. I LOVE french fries–I could eat them with every meal. Seriously. I bake mine, too, but I’ve never heard of the egg white method. I’ll have to try that. And the garlic cheese sauce?! Wow. Just wow.

  12. I love garlic cheese sauce too, I already know it. I have a thing with french fries. These look so amazing!

  13. oh my! There’s cheese, garlic and french fries involved! I’m so in!

  14. We have a tried and true recipe for baked fries on our blog but they’re plain. Delicious, but plain. Garlic anything sounds amazing though. Can’t wait to try these!

    • Plain is good, though. Sometimes you need a little salty plain in your life. :) I’ll have to check it out! I’ve never been one to turn down a new French fry recipe!

  15. Um, YUM!!! I pinned them. :o)

  16. That sauce sounds unreal! Love it!

  17. My family is going to love you for this recipe.

  18. Oh my. I want to reach through the screen SO BAD right now! I didn’t think french fries had a serving size…thought you were just supposed to eat as much as possible. no?
    I am sharing this on my facebook page – it’s too delicious not to share!

  19. Just when you think fries couldn’t get any more perfect!

  20. These look ridiculous! Love the egg white method for getting these crispy – so much better (and easier!) than frying.

  21. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche says:

    That sauce sounds amazing! Garlic and cheese are pretty much my favourite things. Pinning this!

  22. I used to not be a huge fry fan, but I’ve really grown to appreciate a good french fry. And I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to resist these with that sauce!!

  23. wow. these hardly look baked. Just check out that crisp!

  24. Reading through your posts always puts a smile on my face. I too eat way too much and I totally understand about having to stop at McDonalds to get your fry fix. It’s bad but in the end, we all do it.

    These fries look great and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your sacrificial work so I can make this all the time, and then gain 10 pounds :)

  25. Oh boy you’re right. I might just have to make these for dinner. I was going to bake potato somehow anyway. This looks much better than boring cubes!

  26. 8 Servings in that tiny little bag?! Anyway, this is almost exactly how I make my baked fries only I never used the egg white. Does it make them crispier?

  27. Oh gosh, I could go for a huge batch of these all to myself! Yum!

  28. Wow do those look yummy. This is a make all for myself and not share recipe. Delicious.

  29. Oh yum! These look awesome, I’m a huge fan of cheese and potatoes so the combination is always a winner in my mind.

  30. I’m totally drooling over here with that cheese sauce! Making these for dinner tonight!

  31. These fries look awesome & I’m loving the garlic cheese sauce! Definitely happening in my kitchen soon!

  32. I am an avid french fries lover! ohhh I wanna live in a tub of these!!!

  33. made these tonight with dinner… they were awesome! I made extra garlic cheese sauce and used it in calzones, it was wonderful.

  34. AKAlicious says:

    This looked so delicious that I ran out to get potatoes the very next day! And it lived up to my expectations. I used a sharp white cheddar in the sauce and it was savory and delicious and perfect and my goodness, someone hide those potatoes from me!!! :)

  35. Mrs.Cichello says:

    OMG! Can’t wait to try these! We make our own baked fries all the time, but that sauce, mmm………………

  36. Me.ow.

    I’ve never heard of egg whites + fries. Does that help make them extra crispy?

  37. This recipe sounds so good!! I can’t wait to try it… as a matter of fact…. I might just make them tonight!! 😀

  38. Oh hi,

    I think we’re soul sisters! I love fries as much as you do. I admit I’ve done (over and over) all 3 scenarios as well. Although I prefer fries with extra salt AND tomato ketchup. (Sometimes I dip it in vanilla ice cream sans the salt and ketchup, that would be very silly, hehe).

    These fries you made looks so good. I will definitely make them at home too.

  39. I made these last night to go with dinner and I think my Fiance died and went to heaven. Two of his favorite things are garlic and cheese. I’m not a huge garlic fan but these were amazing! I will definitely be making this too many times in the future.

  40. love your commentary on the fries; though I’m not completely sure, I take from it you may like fries a little :)
    our household is a big potato consuming group….baked, fried, mashed, most commonly with cheese of some sort or other…and I’m always looking for new recipes and ideas. The cayenne and chili powder is going to be a huge hit, we will definitely be trying these!
    ps garlic cheese sauce DOES love me

  41. Love this post! When no one is looking I make frozen french fries, cover them in salt and dip them in chunky blue cheese salad dressing. Thanks for a better alternative! Maybe I won’t have to eat them in secret!

  42. I keep coming back to your blog through foodgawker! I have to try this out soon, but alas, I must wait for my mom to get the groceries! Anyways, that cheese sauce sounds/looks AMAZING!

  43. Hi! I just found your blog during my craft tutorial search on Pinterest and I’m happy I found this!! I’m currently on a weight loss journey. So, when I saw this I realized that I can have fries if I make them myself! I have been suffering through those withdrawal shakes for close to a year now lol. Thanks!!!!

  44. What could be better than this….a fry with good spice, that is baked not fried and then you add cheese and garlic. I’m sorry this is a food group not a side item!

  45. making this for my hubby for our friday night ‘date’ night. love this website!

  46. You are hilarious first of all! Secondly…this looks amazing! I want this sauce on my nachos. Question…where do you get the nutritional info graph?

  47. Hey y name is Ty and I am looking for the perfect French fries but
    I have no idea what to do. I would like to make different flavor type
    Fries with the different sauces. Do you know of any company or yourself
    That can help me develop these different flavor fries and sauces.

  48. Were the potatoes peeled? Doesn’t look like it says anything about that in the recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  49. Whoah. Mind blown. My sister in law was bragging that she was stopping at Portillo’s in Chicago, which gave me a mega pregnancy craving for French fries. Then, she made it even worse by bragging about cheese sauce. So, off to Pinterest I went to find something to keep me from driving three hours for French fries.
    I will admit, I was losing faith as my fries just weren’t puffing and looking very good, but I kept flipping and baking like you said. Then, it happened! I made the cheese sauce minus garlic, and now I am in French fry with cheese sauce perfection!
    Who needs a stinkin’ drive thru when you can make your own French fries?! Oh happy day!

  50. Yum I always think about baking fries. That’s as far as I have gotten. thinking LOL so I think I am going to take the plunge with these. hubby will love the sauce. I like the humor you add to your blog

  51. I’m lazy….if I come to Minnesota, will you make some for me? lol But seriously, I just found this on Pinterest and I’m definitely going to try it very soon. My husband will love the fries but he won’t be crazy about the cheese sauce, which means more for me! I just have one question….how much do you beat the egg whites? I assume just enough to break them up, but I’m not much of a cook so I wanted to make sure just in case. Thanks a bunch!!

  52. Hi Lindsay,

    These sound great, and would love to try them. Unless I have missed reading something, can you tell me what the purpose of the egg whites is?


  53. Not that they’re would ever be leftovers… But any tips for reheating? Thanks!

    • Hi Anna Lisa! My suggestions would be to reheat these in the oven. Preheat to 400 degrees, and put them in for about 7-10 minutes. I think this would be the best way to get them crispy and fresh-tasting again. :)

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