Indulgent, delectable chunky oven baked fries topped with succulent pulled pork and creamy cheese is the loaded fries recipe from your dreams.
Look, I’m going to be honest with you from the get-go today. This is the kind of food you’re not meant to want to eat. It’s the kind of stuff you see on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and think “Oh my gosh, how ridiculous” but secretly want to shove your face right into that plate. It’s filthy food and man, is it good.
I few weeks ago I had some pulled pork left over after a shoot and instead of going the usual pulled pork and coleslaw sandwiches route, I decided to amp it up a little. Friday nights are synonymous with me not wanting to cook but definitely wanting to eat delicious food. So to compromise, I have a little arsenal of recipes up my sleeve that delivers big on flavour but required minimum effort from me.
Things like nachos, quesadillas, sandwiches, you get the drift. Another one of our favorites is saucy fries. Saucy fries is pretty much just oven baked fries drowned in creamy mushroom sauce. On this particular night, I had already started prepping the fries to make saucy fries when I thought the addition of pulled pork would be delicious. Things took a turn for the delicious when I decided to omit the creamy sauce and add copious amounts of cheese (obviously) and sliced chillies.
The result was this delicious mess (and I say that with the utmost love and respect). This is the kind of food you want over a weekend. Shared between friends with plenty of ice cold beer and lots of laughter. What more could you ask for?
How to make loaded fries
The great thing about loaded fries is that you can top it with pretty much anything. Cooked chicken or taco meat (seasoned ground beef/mince) are great meaty additions. Want to take a vegetarian route? Top it with charred corn and beans and make nacho-inspired fries.
To make this pulled pork version, slice large potatoes into chunky fries then drizzle with olive oil and season generously with salt. Place the potatoes onto a large sheet pan in a single layer to ensure they crisp up. Place in a hot oven and allow to cook for 30-45 minutes until golden brown and crisp. Remove the fries from the oven then top with pulled pork, grated or shredded cheese (Cheddar, mozzarella and Fontina work well) and chillies. Fresh chillies are perfect but pickled jalapeños will be delicious too. Place back in the oven and allow to cook until the cheese has melted, approximately 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and serve immediately.
What to make with French fries
- 6 large potatoes cut into chunky chips/fries
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
- salt to taste
- 2 cups left-over pulled pork
- 2 cups grated cheese of your choice I used mozzarella and cheddar
- sliced fresh chili optional
- Pre-heat the oven to 200°c.
- Place the chips in a large bowl and toss with the oil and salt.
- Spread onto a large baking sheet in a single layer and place in the oven.
- Allow the chips to bake for 50-60 minutes until they are golden brown and crisp (turn the chips approximately halfway through cooking).
- Remove the chips from the oven then top with the pulled pork, cheese and chillies.
- Place back in the oven and allow the pork to heat through and the cheese to melt (between 5-10 minutes).
- Remove and serve.