I don’t know if I love or hate myself for this.

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What is the draw with the whole buffalo wing flavor? I have no idea, but I’m hooked. Have been for years. And the thing is that I don’t even care for actual chicken wings because seriously, who wants to do that much work for just a few pieces of food?

Not I.

But it is apparent that just like midnight Friends reruns, cadbury mini eggs and Ryan Gosling memes, I cannot get enough.

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Embarrassing stuff: I’ve microwaved tortilla chips with cheese and buffalo wing sauce. That’s pretty horrifying for a 30 year old that talks about things she cooks in her kitchen on a daily basis. A few steps up: microwaving flour tortillas with cheddar and buffalo wing sauce for a quesadilla. Uh huh. It’s straight up authentic tex-mex in this house, right down to the microwave. Right.

Slightly less terrifying: I’ve putting buffalo wing sauce in a grilled cheese. No, not with chicken. Just different cheeses and the sauce. Sometimes cheese, buffalo wing sauce, and creamy homemade blue cheese. Buttered bread and fried until golden and crisp. OMG, can’t you just feel the crunch of that toast? Want.

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Since we’re in the circle of trust here, I find it safe to tell you that it’s never really about the chicken for me. I could care less about the chicken when it comes to this flavor combo. That might just be because I’m annoyingly picky about my meat, which essentially means I need to cook it myself in order to enjoy it. See? Annoying. But for real, it’s all about the sauce, and over the last few years I have determined my go-to ingredients for the perfect buffalo wing flavor explosion. Yes, I said perfect. I’ve tried my darndest (ew) to slow down my over dramatized words such as “perfect” and “best ever” and “omg.” Just kidding on that last one. Anyhoo, I’ve mentioned it before – the mixture includes: buffalo wing sauce, cheddar cheese, gorgonzola cheese, scallions, chives and cilantro. Don’t gag, my cilantro loathers. Just leave it off.

See? Flavor explosion. It’s the only way I can describe it.

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These were so good that I ate them for two dinners. Like, two dinners in the same night. One around 5PM, another around 8PM. And I mean, it’s not like you’re deep frying your french fries so these are essentially healthy. Things could be so much worse. Like you could be super tempted to go to Five Guys in the afternoon by yourself for no reason at all other than the fact that you think you’re an entitled brat when the last thing that you need in your life is a bacon cheeseburger and fries. Those are the days when oven fries like this are the best decision ever. Even… a healthy decision.

The stories I tell myself to get through life. Ah. Whatever works, right?

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Apparently the key to getting super crispy oven fries is parboiling them before roasting. Sort of a pain but also sort of worth it. Trust me. They will be the crispiest things to ever crunch on that came out of your oven. Also make sure that you use a higher heat oil so it doesn’t look like a smoke bomb went off in your house. Then once the fries are done, you just dump cheese on top, broil and throw the remaining toppings on. My favorite kind of recipe! Throw and go.

Oh so good.

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Crispy Buffalo Oven Fries

Yield: serves 4 appropriately, 2 obnoxiously

Total Time: 1.5 hours


3 pounds unpeeled russet potatoes, cut into wedges
3 tablespoons vegetable, grapeseed or canola oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup buffalo wing sauce
2 tablespoons butter
4 ounces freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
4 ounces crumbled gorgonzola or your favorite blue
4 green onions, sliced
4 chives, chopped
1/4 cup freshly torn cilantro


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Place cut potatoes in a large stock pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and once bubbling, only boil for 5 minutes. You gotta keep an eye on it! After 5 minutes, drain potatoes. Place in a large bowl and drizzle with oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Gently toss with your hands or two spatulas to evenly coat. Spread on a baking sheet in one layer. Roast for 25-30 minutes, then flip and roast for 25-30 minutes more. You want the potatoes to be deeply golden and crunchy on the outsides!

While potatoes are cooking, heat buffalo wing sauce and butter in a small saucepan over low heat until combined.

Remove potatoes from the oven and switch on your broiler to the highest setting. I left my oven rack in the center of the oven. Drizzle a bit of wing sauce over the potatoes and sprinkle both cheeses evenly overtop. Place under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and golden. Remove immediately and sprinkle with scallions, chives and chopped cilantro. Dig in!

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I want more.

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169 Responses to “Crispy Buffalo Oven Fries.”

  1. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 28, 2013 @ 7:06 am

    I don’t eat wings but I love wing sauce! And with the cheese on these babies, oh boy, I can see why you’d want these for your dinner a couple nights in a row!


  2. #
    Dani — March 28, 2013 @ 7:09 am

    Ohhh, these look heavenly, now I know what to make for dinner, thanks Jess :)


  3. #
    Tammy — March 28, 2013 @ 7:10 am

    I do not know the wonders of buffalo sauce! Must scout some out soon. Looks like it is the key to happiness! I do love “buffalo wings” and so you probably can make your own sauce, if it comes down to it, but I also have been known to preach about grinding your own wheat berries for flour one day, and then prop a bag of Cape Cod Chips with Cabot French Onion dip on a chair the next for “dinner!”

    Love the photos, love the prose – happy eating! (Cadbury Mini Eggs are the UNDOING of me!)


  4. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — March 28, 2013 @ 7:14 am

    Wholeheartedly agree on your comment about the wings – why so much work for so little meat?? The sauce really is the star, and even though I can’t say I share the same love for cheese that you have, I love wing sauce on every kind of meat, and even seafood! Have a great long weekend Jess!


  5. #
    Amanda R — March 28, 2013 @ 7:17 am

    Those looks fabulous! Just saw Katie Lee make these on the Rachael Ray show yesterday. Yum!


  6. #
    Laura — March 28, 2013 @ 7:23 am

    Who doesn’t love cilantro? Foolish.


  7. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — March 28, 2013 @ 7:27 am

    omgosh – i so want this for breakfast right now. i told myself i was going to eat a salad for lunch….and you might have changed my mind.


  8. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — March 28, 2013 @ 7:29 am

    Your funny! I love Buffalo Wing Sauce! The other night I had a condiment burrito! It was Trader Joe;s new Cowboy Salsa, jalapenos, salsa, greek yogurt, nacho cheese and buffalo wing sauce and oh man was that good! Quickest dinner ever! Dam you girl, now I”m thinking I need me some Buffalo Wig French Fries!


  9. #
    Michelle — March 28, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    Are you kidding me??? You’re gonna force me to start working out. Which wouldn’t be a bad thing. I can’t refuse buffalo sauce. Like, I could drink it. I cannot wait to make these. You’re good, girl….


  10. #
    Annie @ What's Annie Making? — March 28, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    I love this! When I first saw the picture they looked like sweet potato fries. Which wouldn’t be the worst thing either ;) What brand buffalo sauce do you normally use?


    • Jessica — March 28th, 2013 @ 9:28 am

      i use frank’s – but it has to be the buffalo wing sauce. i don’t really care for the traditional red hot.


  11. #
    Jeff — March 28, 2013 @ 7:45 am

    These need to get in my belly like NOW! AH-mazing! My life will never be the same now. ;-) Thanks Jessica!


  12. #
    Courtney — March 28, 2013 @ 7:48 am

    Totally agree about wings. Like, I’m going to make a mess of myself, struggling for half a bite of chicken. No thanks. I’d rather have a buffalo chicken wrap, or buffalo chicken pizza. Or these buffalo oven fries. That I’ll be making asap.


  13. #
    FashionEdible — March 28, 2013 @ 8:00 am

    I’m also going to agree about chicken wings. I’ll eat them once in a while (and actually am a big fan) but I refuse to make them. I actually went to the store once with the intent of making them but when I saw how expensive wings were (I mean, come on, there are two little bites in each wing they should be pennies, right?) and thinking of all the frying and subsequent cleanup I’d have to do, I left.

    So anyways, I’m loving this little treat. I think it just may feed any wing craving I have. As you said, it’s all about the sauce anyhow.
    FashionEdible Blog


  14. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — March 28, 2013 @ 8:07 am

    My brain just exploded.


  15. #
    Samantha @ Blissfully Bossy — March 28, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    this looks amazing! i love making fries at home…it’s such a treat! yummm


  16. #
    dessertfortwo — March 28, 2013 @ 8:17 am

    Well, I love you for this. No self-hate ;)

    I discovered a little melted butter on roasted potatoes in the oven goes so far! Almost french fry flavor! Hooray!


  17. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — March 28, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    Par-boiling the potatoes are definitely the way to go! Unfortunately…haha. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made regular oven fries and have them fall apart or stick on the sheet for me.

    Looks like great comfort food. I don’t know if I’ve ever had buffalo sauce (um..yeah), but I’ve never been a fan of chicken wings. Too much work for far too little reward! :)


  18. #
    Jenna @ www.sensationallyseasonal.com — March 28, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    Um, this is one my fave things ever for breakfast. I know weird. I make it with sweet potatoes instead because I can’t get enough of the slightly sweet, spicy combo, then I pile on scrambled eggs and peppers and cheese and more buffalo sauce. It’s the best.


    • Jessica — March 28th, 2013 @ 9:36 am

      that is amazing.


  19. #
    Celeste B. — March 28, 2013 @ 8:22 am

    Love buffalo sauce on anything and these sound delicious.


  20. #
    Vicki @ WITK — March 28, 2013 @ 8:26 am

    I’m a Buffalo-grown girl, so I grew up eating gallons of the sauce :). These fries are totally up my alley and I could see why you ate these twice in one night!!


  21. #
    Tieghan — March 28, 2013 @ 8:34 am

    90% of the time I just make buffalo sauce and slather is on anything. NO chicken! Pizza, pasta, burgers, seafood, nachos, pretzels anything! I think this is my families favorite sauce! I can not wait to make these fries!


  22. #
    Jessica — March 28, 2013 @ 8:40 am

    1. These = amazing.
    2. I’m making a grilled cheese for dinner just so I can add buffalo sauce.
    3. Loveyoumeanit.


  23. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — March 28, 2013 @ 8:42 am

    Holy crap… give me a beer and a plate of these and I will GO TO TOWN! Hot damn!


  24. #
    Kacy — March 28, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    These are just, beyond. I mix buffalo sauce with sour cream and dip chips in it. Not sure it gets worse(better) than that.


    • Jessica — March 28th, 2013 @ 9:36 am

      holy crap. doing that.


  25. #
    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — March 28, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    We have been going a little crazy with everything Buffalo and these are a must try!


  26. #
    Prairie Princess — March 28, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    I think we are twin souls. That is all. :)


  27. #
    Ashley — March 28, 2013 @ 9:19 am

    You should come hang out with Chris. He has a major buffalo AND fry addiction. Interesting about boiling the potatoes first. I’ll have to try that, seeing as I make baked fries about 3 nights a week for him.


    • Jessica — March 28th, 2013 @ 9:36 am

      oh yes you must!


  28. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — March 28, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    Never have I so badly wanted something drenched in buffalo sauce before 9am…


  29. #
    Abby Flynt — March 28, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    I am from Buffalo, so I do not say “buffalo wing sauce”, just hot sauce. Franks is what gets used in Buffalo. Mix it with some melted butter, chili pepper and cayenne pepper, and it is perfect. Also, I have always lovingly called nachos with melted cheddar and hot sauce “Shiznit.”


  30. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — March 28, 2013 @ 9:32 am

    My face just fell off my head.


    • Jessica — March 28th, 2013 @ 9:36 am

      that’s how i feel about your grilled cheese.


  31. #
    JessOfRVA — March 28, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    You’re a cruel woman and I love you. Buying potatoes tomorrow night and making these.


  32. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — March 28, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    I can’t feel my face anymore…


  33. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — March 28, 2013 @ 9:43 am

    Jess I melt fat-free cheddar cheese on wheat thins and drizzle with buffalo sauce as a snack on the REGULAR! You are not alone girrrrl!

    what’s your preferred brand of buffalo sauce? I switch btw classic Frank’s Red and Texas Pete’s :)


  34. #
    Lauren — March 28, 2013 @ 9:49 am

    Seriously, though?! I want to shovel these into my mouth. I LOVE STINKY CHEESE.


  35. #
    Erica — March 28, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    I think the only thing that would make this better is a tiny amount of bacon bits. I do wanna make these potatoes and shovel them into my mouth though!! YUM!


  36. #
    Jess — March 28, 2013 @ 10:42 am

    Is it bad that on top of everything, I would probably still add ketchup to these?! Lol

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  37. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 28, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    Hells yes! This looks so freaking good. I’ve microwaved tortilla chips with cheese and buffalo sauce before too…it’s only natural.


  38. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — March 28, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    You just completed my life.


  39. #
    April @BarbellsandBellinis — March 28, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    For me, its not about the chicken either, or even the sauce for that matter… just give me the BLUE CHEESE!! Looks amazing!


  40. #
    Samantha @FerraroKitchen — March 28, 2013 @ 11:22 am

    Addiction to wing sauce? Hmmm never thought about it. Good thing I dont have a microwave at home haha In love with this? yes!


  41. #
    Marisa — March 28, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    As a fellow buffalo sauce-obsessed person, and also a 9 months pregnant woman whose obsession has reach all new heights, I am in love with you.


  42. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — March 28, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    Oh. My. Goodness. These photos are amazing, I feel like I can reach through my screen and grab them :) I love making fries at home and the toppings on these look so perfect!


  43. #
    vidya — March 28, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    hubba hubba !!!


  44. #
    Michelle — March 28, 2013 @ 11:38 am

    This is my kind of circle of trust. There is just something so awesome about the tang of buffalo sauce + the tang of bleu cheese. So. Dang. Good.


  45. #
    Jaime [5 to 9 Foodies] — March 28, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

    Saw this in my reader and my first words (out loud) were “Oh Myyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Gaaaawd.” Looks like heaven.


  46. #
    Honey,What's Cooking — March 28, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

    this looks absolutely amazing. wowwwwwwwwwww! love how you added cheese and all the veggies on top.


  47. #
    Larry — March 28, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

    I don’t know if I’ve ever hated and loved someone so much at the same time as I do right now. I love you for bringing this glorious thing into my life, that I want to devour magically through my computer screen. But since I’m at work drooling all over my keyboard, I must also express my hate (deep-rooted in love) for you.


  48. #
    Eileen — March 28, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

    The only answer is love. :) This combination sounds so good! I can’t say I ever both parboiling my fries before baking them, though…maybe I should give it a try.


  49. #
    lisag — March 28, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

    I love you for this!! Incredible.


  50. #
    Mansee — March 28, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

    “serves 4 appropriately, 2 obnoxiously”

    You’re amazing.



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