RecipeOven-Roasted Cheese Fries

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 200
  • Protein: 14 g
  • Total Fat:6g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 3 g
    • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 20 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 23 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1 g
  • Total Sugar:8g
    • Natural Sugar: 8 g
    • Added Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 970 mg

French fried potatoes smothered in cheese sauce is not exactly classified as health food (ahem), but it’s certainly delicious. This new-and-improved version removes all of the guilt, while still maintaining the drool-worthy and cheesy goodness. 

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This recipe makes 4 servings

For the fries

  • •   2 large russet potatoes, cut into thin french-fry-like strips
  • •   1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • •   ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

For the cheese sauce (makes ~3/4 cup)

  • • 1 cup evaporated fat-free milk
  • • 1 tablespoon corn starch 
  • • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder 
  • • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • • ⅛ teaspoon smokey paprika  
  • • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard 
  • • 1 cup 2% reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • • Optional red pepper flakes

To prepare the fries: 

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Coat a large baking sheet with nonstick oil spray. Spread the fries out in a single layer on the baking sheet and mist the tops liberally with additional oil spray. Sprinkle the salt and pepper evenly over the fries. 

Bake the fries for 20 minutes, flipping them halfway through. To finish, set the oven to broil and broil for 5 more minutes (depending on how brown and crispy you like your fries—watch closely so they don’t burn). Season with additional salt and pepper, if desired. 

While the potatoes are roasting, prepare the cheese sauce: Combine the milk, cornstarch, garlic powder, salt, dry mustard, and paprika in a saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring until thickened. Reduce heat to low, then stir in the cheese, and mixture until is everything is thick, well combined, and cheesy!  

To serve transfer the fries to a platter, drizzle on the hot and melty cheese sauce, and garnish with an optional dash of paprika for color. 

Nutrition provided for 1 serving of fries with 3 tablespoons of cheese sauce.