Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Roasted Red Potato Fries With Po'dunk Sauce


It's usually used as a term for a small, backwoods, in the middle of nowhere place.  So when Alexis suggested I name the dipping sauce for these oven roasted fries "Podunk Sauce" I looked at her like she was crazy. 

But she clarified, "You know, you 'dunk' your 'po'-tatoes in the sauce."

Okay, she was right, cute name.  But don't tell her that, she'll be impossible to live with. 

As far as the potatoes, this is a basic way we do our roasted potatoes.  Sometime we quarter them, sometimes we do them as fries like this.  The herb mix I used tonight was half fresh thyme and half fresh oregano. 

Roasted red potato fries with po'dunk sauce

Roasted Red Potato Fries with Po'dunk Sauce
Servings:  4 

  • 2 lbs red bliss potatoes cut into sixths
  • 1 Tbsp fresh herbs, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp oil
For the sauce
  1. Mix the sauce ingredients together and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450f.
  3. Bring a pot of water to a boil.  Add the potatoes and then when it returns to a boil, cook for 1 minute.  (This step may seem unnecessary but it gets you the tender inside and crispy outside.)
  4. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet flesh side down or use a preheated cast iron pan for extra crispy crusts.  Roast for 12 minutes.
  5. Flip the potatoes and roast another 12 minutes.
  6. Turn onto the skin side and roast 5 more minutes.  
  7. Remove and serve with the Po'dunk sauce
Cut your potatoes in half, then each half into three wedges.
fire roasted red potato fries with po'dunk sauce

[Standard Disclaimer]  I received a variety 4 pack of hot sauces from Cholula for free.


  1. Both sound delicious and I appreciate the roasted potato process.

  2. My dad loaded me up with homegrown red potatoes on my last visit and I got kinda sick of them....

  3. Hi Chris! I'm trying to be "back" and it looks like it's just in time! This sounds so delicious I can just taste them. And Alexis' sauce name is hilarious. I happen to have a big bag of garden potatoes that need to be cooked . . .

  4. Nice, nice work. And the photos - marvelous. I swear my desert island food might well be the potato.

  5. Looks good. I'm going to try that sauce. You know the potatoes would have been better had you finished roasting them on the Egg. ;)

  6. What I love about your blog is that you are not afraid to post recipes not just from the grill but from the oven as well. Your mission is to give us great recipes and I appreciate it.

  7. Wow, both the sauce and the taters sound super tasty. Thanks for sharing this one.

  8. These look delish and the dunkin sauce looks to die for!!!

  9. LOL... that is a great name... very witty Alexis!!
    I love the fries, but honestly, I think you know by now, I would eat that sauce with a spoon... the fries would just take up space in my belly!!

  10. Around our house, mayo with a little pureed chipotle in adobo is the gold standard. I can't imagine a sandwich without it.

  11. Loving the potatoes and the po'dunk sauce - yum!

  12. Alexis is right, cute name :) I love me some potatoes, and sauce. Yay, now I've got a new sauce to make. I never get tired to sauce recipes. Oh and thanks for the lesson on how to cut potatoes into wedges... it seems like the simplest thing but why do I always mess them up somehow?! lol

  13. I so have to make me some po'dunk sauce!

  14. haha! po'dunk, love it! love the fries too, YUM.

  15. How about Ain't No Po'dunk Po'dunk Sauce? GREG

  16. I've come to the conclusion that cholula hot sauce makes just about everything mind-blowingly delicious. I'm also fairly certain I could drink that sauce with a straw. I'll be trying it with sweet potato fries, hear you me.

  17. Tell Alexis that I like the way she thinks! Potato wedges are a good thing, but it's the sauce on the side that keeps you going back for more, and more, and more.

    Happy Halloween to you guys!

  18. Roasted fries are pretty much the only way we do fries anymore. We make so many different sauces depending on what else we're serving but I can't wait to surpise your little friends with your Podunk sauce. Alexis picked a fantastic name!

  19. I'm just passing by and thought id say hello. We will be receiving some snow this weekend in Pennsylvania, and the leaves are just about at their peek colors. I hope everyone has a very nice weekend. Richard from Amish Stories.

  20. I love dipping sauces and this one looks fantastic!! Thanks for sharing!

  21. you had me at "po dunk" lol. Looks great. Anything with chipotle and I"m in!