We grew potatoes in our garden for the first time this summer and it was so fun to harvest them! Our daughter got the biggest kick out of digging through the dirt of our garden beds and finding each new potato – it was like a treasure hunt for her!
So with a bowl full of freshly-harvested, home-grown potatoes, we couldn’t wait to give them a try! We had a few days of cool and rainy weather last week, so comfort food was on the menu – and these decadent and delicious, Loaded Pub Fries really hit the spot!
To make our loaded pub fries, we start by frying up some slices of bacon for crumbling on top of the finished fries. But we save the rendered bacon fat and use that, along with some melted butter, to coat the potato wedges before baking. The bacon fat adds a ton of flavor, but what really elevates these loaded pub fries to a whole new level is that they are also seasoned with a touch of smoked paprika – giving the finished fries a gentle hint of smoky flavor that is just perfect with the bacon and cheese topping on the potatoes!
We also use a combination of sharp cheddar cheese as well as Manchego, a wonderful sheep’s milk cheese with a distinctive sweet and mellow flavor. Although using Manchego is not mandatory for these loaded pub fries –try to use it if you can because the flavor combination with the bacon and smoked paprika is really out of this world! Enjoy!