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Never Waste a Fry Again: Exciting Recipes to Revive Your Leftover French Fries

Never Waste a Fry Again: Exciting Recipes to Revive Your Leftover French Fries

Last Updated on 4th April 2024 by Pauline

Just a quickie today kids. Ever find yourself with just a handful of fries leftover, either just a couple left in the bag of frozen ones or a few left after a meal? Well, keep them, there’s tons of stuff you can do with them. You could mix them up with some egg and make a fry patty. They’re also good in omelets (or scrambles). Or you could do this.

Crisp them up a bit in the oven, unless you like soggy fries.

Don’t scoff, I know people who do. Make a couple small piles, depending on how many you have. Top them with some stuff.

This is some chunks of chicken that were braised in Mexican spices, leftover from the green chili chicken and bean enchiladas I made a while ago, some red onion, some more of those roasted green chilies and some cheese. But really, anything would work. Sloppy joe meat, jalapenos and cheese or chunks of sausage, peppers and onions. And cheese. Chunks of hamburger, tomato, onion, bacon and bbq sauce. And cheese. Whatever you can think of and fit on top. Although I do suggest cheese, it kind of holds everything together.

Toss it in a hot oven until the cheese is melted and it’s all heated through (having the fries already hot speeds this up).

Hopefully you have a big spatula like this.

If not, you can just use two or cut the pile in half.

Then just roll it up in a tortilla and eat it.

There you go, two different chunks of leftovers gone, the fridge a little cleaner and an awesome meal made, all in less than a half an hour. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself. Heh.

So, what would you put in one of these?

10 French Fries Left Over Recipes

With a little creativity, you can transform your leftover French fries into delicious new dishes. Here are ten more leftover recipe suggestions to give your leftover fries a second life:

French Fry Breakfast Skillet

Chop up the fries and sauté them with onions, peppers, and your choice of meat (bacon, sausage, or ham work well). Once it’s all cooked, make wells in the mixture and crack eggs into them. Cover and cook until the eggs are set to your liking. Top with cheese, salsa, or hot sauce for extra flavor.

French Fry Nachos

Spread the fries on a baking sheet, then load them up with nacho toppings: beans, cheese, jalapeños, diced tomatoes, and olives. Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve with guacamole, sour cream, and salsa for dipping.

French Fry Poutine

Reheat the fries and then top them with cheese curds and brown gravy for a classic Canadian treat. For an added twist, add cooked bacon bits or pulled pork.

Loaded French Fry Salad

Chop the fries into bite-sized pieces and use them as a base for a salad. Top with chopped romaine, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and a hard-boiled egg. Drizzle with your favorite dressing and enjoy a satisfying meal.

French Fry Pizza

Use flatbread or pre-made pizza dough as a base, then spread a thin layer of tomato sauce on it. Chop the fries and scatter them over the top, add mozzarella cheese, and any other toppings you like. Bake until the cheese is melted and the crust is crispy.

French Fry Omelette

Beat eggs and pour them into a hot, buttered skillet. Before the eggs set, add a layer of fries and any other fillings you desire (cheese, ham, spinach, etc.). Fold the omelette over and finish cooking.

French Fry Waffles

Place a layer of fries in a preheated waffle iron, sprinkle with cheese and any other seasonings you like, then close the iron and cook until the fries are crispy and golden. Serve with ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce.

Buffalo French Fry Bake

Layer the fries in a baking dish and pour buffalo sauce over them. Top with shredded chicken, blue cheese, and ranch dressing. Bake until everything is heated through and the cheese is melted.

French Fry Tacos

Use the fries as a filling for tacos. Heat the fries and place them in warmed tortillas. Top with shredded lettuce, cheese, salsa, and sour cream. For a heartier meal, add seasoned ground beef or chicken.

French Fry Stir Fry

Cut the fries into small pieces and stir-fry them with vegetables like bell peppers, broccoli, and carrots, and your choice of protein (tofu, shrimp, or chicken work well). Season with soy sauce, garlic, and ginger for an Asian twist.

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I'm Pauline, a mother of four grown children, my passion for cooking stemmed from the joy i get cooking for my family. I love to try new dishes, especially when dining out but creating and sharing my own recipes is my favourite thing to do!