One way to bribe your kids to do the washing up?
Offer them pizza fries.
I am not above using bribery where it's in my own interest every now and then. I even managed to get some greenery in there (doesn't it look pretty) and it all went. Who doesn't love pea shoots covered in pizza sauce!
I made these as part of a batch of recipes recently, and we had family round for what we call blogger buffet. It basically consists of everything that I've tested that day, and more often than not, those dishes do not go together.
Anyway, the last time I did it, these pizza fries were demolished before I could even get the other dishes on the table. Five minutes flat, gone.
How to make Pizza Fries:
Slice the potatoes (no need to peel) into 1 ½cm thick fries. I like to use my Crinkle Cutter (<--affiliate link) for this. Toss the fries in salt, pepper, paprika and oil, then place in the oven at 200C/400F for 20-25 minutes until golden.
Mix together the passata, tomato puree, oregano, thyme, garlic powder and onion powder, then drizzle the mixture over the cooked fries and sprinkle on an extra pinch of oregano.
Top with the cheddar, then arrange the peppers on top and place back into the oven for 5 minutes to melt the cheese.
Arrange the pepperoni and torn pieces of mozzarella on top and place back in the oven for a final 5 minutes to melt the mozzarella and lightly cook the pepperoni.
Remove from the oven and decorate the pizza fries with pea shoots. Sprinkle on a little parsley and serve immediately.
More Street Food Recipes:
- Sticky Pork belly Bao Buns (Gua Bao)
- Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce
- Crispy Fish Tacos with Pico De Gallo
- Pad Thai with king prawns
- Poutine with rich gravy
- Pork Gyros with homemade Tzatziki
- Asian Sticky Chicken Wings – or Cauliflower Wings for a vegetarian version
- Crispy Buttermilk Chicken Burger with Honey Mustard Coleslaw - or try this cheesy chickpea Veggie Burger for a vegetarian version
The Pizza Fries Recipe:
- Crinkle Cutter
- 5 medium-sized red-skinned potatoes - cut into 1 ½ cm thick chips/fries (no need to peel) - I use a crinkle cutter (<--affiliate link)
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp paprika
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- ½ cup (120ml) passata
- 2 tbsp tomato puree/paste
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp dried thyme
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ¾ cup (75g) cheddar cheese - ,grated
- ½ red bell pepper - chopped
- ½ green bell pepper - chopped
- 15 slices pepperoni
- 1 cup (100g) mozzarella cheese (the ball version, not the shredded stuff) - torn into chunks
- 1 cup (20g) pea shoots
- Small punch fresh parsley - finely chopped
- Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.
- Place the sliced potatoes onto two baking trays(*Note) and sprinkle on the salt, pepper and paprika. Drizzle on the oil and toss everything together with your hands.
- Place in the oven to cook for 20-25 minutes until lightly golden brown.
- Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix the passata, tomato puree, all but a pinch of the oregano, thyme, garlic powder and onion powder.
- Remove the fries from the oven and pile them all up onto one tray. Drizzle the sauce over the top and sprinkle on the reserved pinch of oregano. Top the sauce with the cheddar and the red and green peppers. Place back in the oven for five minutes to melt the cheese.
- Top with the pepperoni slices and scatter on the chunks of mozzarella and place back in the oven for another five minutes, until the pepperoni is lightly cooked and the mozzarella has melted
- Remove from the oven and sprinkle on the peashoots and chopped parsley before serving.
*NoteI use two trays to bake the fries initially - as having all the fries squashed together on one tray would mean they would brown and crisp up well. The can all be transferred onto one tray once they're browned to load with the toppings.
Can I make Pizza Fries ahead?These fries are best eaten straight away, so I wouldn't recommend making them ahead of time.
Best type of potatoes to use:I like to use Rooster potatoes - which are red-skinned floury potatoes. Any floury potato - such as Russet, Desiree, Maris Piper or Kind Edward will also work great.
Best type of pepperoni to use:I like to use a 4-5cm diameter, thinly sliced Italian pepperoni or salami. Ideally one that is pre-sliced, so the slices are consistent. I like a hot and spicy pepperoni, but you can use a milder one if you prefer.
Make it even simpler:
- Use store-bought oven fries
- Buy ready-made pizza sauce
- Use a ready grated/shredded cheese mix
Nutritional Information is per serving
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