Loaded Pub Fries - A Family Feast

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!

Loaded Pub Fries - A Family Feast

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!

Loaded Pub Fries - A Family Feast

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!

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Loaded Pub Fries - A Family Feast

Loaded Pub Fries

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 slices bacon, cooked crisp (reserve 1 tablespoon bacon fat)
  • 2 pounds all-purpose potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces Manchego cheese, shredded
  • 2 medium scallions diced
  • Sour cream for garnish

Instructions

  1. Cook bacon crisp and rough chop. Set aside. Reserve one tablespoon of the bacon fat.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  3. Cut potatoes into wedges. Since all-purpose potatoes vary in size, try to keep the wedges uniform. You may get 8 wedges from one but 16 from another. Place potatoes in large bowl and add bacon fat, melted butter, salt, garlic powder and smoked paprika. Toss well to coat.
  4. Pour out potatoes onto a sheet pan in a single layer and roast for 15 minutes. Flip and roast for another 10-15 minutes or until browned and cooked through.
  5. Mound the potatoes into four piles. Cover each pile with the Machego cheese, then bacon then the cheddar cheese. Place the pan back in the over for 2-3 minutes to melt the cheese. Alternatively, keep the fries in a single layer and cover with both cheese types and bacon and again place back in oven for 2-3 minutes to melt cheese.
  6. If serving individual servings, place each portion on a small plate, sprinkle with scallions and place a dollop of sour cream on top. If serving family style, slide fries onto platter, sprinkle with scallions and place several dollops of sour cream on top.

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  • Shana Norris wrote:

    These look sinfully delicious. My dad will be giving us potatoes from his garden soon. Putting this at the top of the list of things to make with them. *Pinning now.*

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Shana! Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  • Jenn wrote:

    Wow. These look incredible. I can’t wait to try them!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Jenn!

  • Sam Piper wrote:

    This reminds me of my favorite recipe Loaded Potato wedges on Po’ Man Meals. This recipe is very similar. Anyway, looks good!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Sam! I’ll have to check that recipe out too!

  • Shari wrote:

    Oh my, these look soooo good! I LOVE cheese fries of any variety and these look beyond yummy.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Shari!

  • Christie Daruwalla wrote:

    Oh my gosh! These look amazing. We love loaded fries of any kind.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Christie!

  • Heather @ French Press wrote:

    fries are my weakness! these looks absolutely delicious

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Heather!

  • julieseatsandtreats wrote:

    These look completely delicious and totally unhealthy which always guarantees I’d love them! 🙂

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Julie!

  • [email protected] Cooking with Curls wrote:

    Those look absolutely amazing! I love the idea of baking them instead of frying them, which is why I never make them 🙂 We will need to try these!!!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Lisa!

  • Deepika dahlen wrote:

    Omg looks delicious m hungry can’t wait to try

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you!

  • Maria wrote:

    These look absolutely amazing!!! I’d want to eat the WHOLE entire thing!!! They look so delicious with all the bacon and cheese!!! YUM!!!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Maria!!

  • Carol wrote:

    What is Machego cheese?

    • Martha Pesa wrote:

      It’s a sheeps milk cheese with a very unique taste. Many grocery stores sell it in the specialty cheese section!

  • Janice M. Snyder wrote:

    This would be even better if salsa was sprinkled all over the top.. I never heard of Manchego cheese. If I can’t find it at Walmart grocery store , what can I substitute for it.? Thank you.

    • Martha Pesa wrote:

      Hi Janice! An extra sharp white cheddar would work or asiago if you can find it! Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  • Kathy wrote:

    OUT OF THIS WORLD GOOD!!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Kathy!!

  • Victoria wrote:

    These look absolutely delicious!! Going to have to try them!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you!!

  • Mila wrote:

    Omg these look amazing!!! I will def have to try these out for game day!!! And I love the bacon 🙂 pork fat is king!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Mila!

  • Barbara McCoart wrote:

    These look so good, going to try these tomorrow. Think the Grillin Wedges by Oreida would work? You and your hubby look so cute in your pic. Bet ya’ll have fun coming up with new dishes.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Barbara! We do have a lot of fun!! We haven’t tried this recipe with the frozen potato wedges ourself – we are worried you might not get the same crispness as we did using the fresh potatoes, but it will still taste delicious we think! Please let us know how it works out for you!

  • Jane wrote:

    I just made these. Delicious! Better than a loaded baked potato any day…each bite crisp with a soft center. I used cheddar and Monteray Jack. Definitely a keeper. Thank you!

    • Martha wrote:

      We’re so glad you liked the recipe Jane! Thanks for letting us know!

  • Roxi wrote:

    I had to make two batches of these and still barely got some because of the males in my house wolfed them down. I loved that even my picky eaters could not get enough!

    • Martha wrote:

      We’re glad you all enjoyed the recipe Roxi! Thanks for writing to us!!

  • Tina T. wrote:

    Have these in the oven right now & it smells HEAVENLY!!! I opted to do a well rounded 1/4 tsp of the smoked paprika & added 1/4 tsp onion powder for an added boost of flavor <3

    • Martha wrote:

      Sounds great Tina! Hope you enjoy them as much as we did! (One of my favorite recipes on our site!)

      • Tina T. wrote:

        They came out amazing! We have done then a couple more time with the kids since that night and my boys have actually requested them for lunch twice now lol

        • Martha wrote:

          Thanks for letting us know Tina! (Now you have me craving some….) 🙂

  • Valerie Clark wrote:

    Is the Manchego cheese the Viejo or the Curado?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Valerie – Either will taste delicious – but we used Curado in the photos you see in our post!

      • Valerie Clark wrote:

        Thanks. The dish looks delicious!

  • Leo Sigh wrote:

    These do look amazing, although incredibly unhealthy what with all the bacon, cheese and sour cream so, for me, they’d have to be a special treat 🙂 Gorgeous photos too, btw.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Leo! And yes – you are absolutely correct – this definitely isn’t a recipe for when you are watching what you eat!

  • stephanie wrote:

    oh man…i’ve had these bookmarked for awhile and last night finally got around to making them. they were so good! i used a mix of young gruyere & monterey jack cheese as that’s what i had. even my partner who likes potatoes well enough but isn’t really over the moon about them kept going back for more. (but how could you not like potatoes cooked in bacon fat and topped with more bacon, and cheese…) we had them with some steak tips and a green salad…you know, for balance 😉

    anyway, i’ll definitely be making these again. thanks for the recipe!

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome Stephanie! (I agree – how can you go wrong with potatoes, bacon and cheese!) 🙂 So glad you both enjoyed the recipe!

  • Yumvilla wrote:

    YUM!!! They look so delicious with all the bacon and cheese!!!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you!

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