Buddy Valastro’s Italian-Spiced Oven Fries with Homemade Ketchup

posted: 07/13/15
by: TLCme
Homemade Oven Baked French Fries

Italian through and through, Buddy can put his classic spin on anything -- even the all-American French fry as evidenced by our No. 1 Kitchen Boss recipe. Not only does he bring the flavor to this fried favorite with Italian spices like oregano, basil, garlic and a surprising dash of coriander, he even doctors up the ketchup. Heinz 57, step aside; the Kitchen Boss is in and shaking things up! Two different vinegars give the homemade ketchup just the right tang, while the brown sugar and allspice round it out with a little warming sweetness. Buddy says the recipe feeds four, but once these babies are out of the fryer and you take your first dip, you won't want to share.


For the fries:

  • 4 baking potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus extra for finishing
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander

For the ketchup:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • Pinch of ground allspice
  • 1-28 ounce can crushed tomatoes (San Marzano or Roma)


To make the ketchup:

Set a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat and add the olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the onions and garlic. Cook until softened, about 4 to 5 minutes. Pour the red wine and apple cider vinegar to the pan along with the brown sugar, salt, and mustard. Bring to a boil and add the tomatoes. Continue to cook until the liquid has reduced by half, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the heat, let cool 10-15 minutes, place in a food processor and puree until very smooth. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

To make the fries:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Peel the potatoes and cut into 1/4 inch batons. Drizzle 3 tablespoons of oil on the potatoes and add the salt, pepper, oregano, basil, garlic powder, and coriander. Toss to coat. Place the potatoes on the baking sheet in a single layer.

Bake potatoes until golden brown, about 30 minutes, then under the broiler for 10 minutes.

When the fries are done, serve immediately with the ketchup.