Recipe: Vegan Cheddar Fry Pizza with Daiya Cheese

March 5th, 2012 10:51 am by Kelly

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French fry pizza, y’all! I can’t believe I haven’t tried this sooner! But when I spotted this New Year’s French Fry Pizza on the “vegan pizza” tag on tumblr, I knew I had to make it mine!

This is a really simple and straightforward recipe: basically just red sauce, vegan cheddar cheese, and french fries on your favorite pizza crust. The instructions below are meant for use with frozen fries, but I did a little experimenting with different prep methods, so jump to the notes at the end of the post for some variations. They’re all delicious (duh!), but I think I like my fries pre-baked. It’s a little extra work, but the fries are crisper that way! Crispy is good!

Anyway, try it out and let me know what you think!


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Vegan Cheddar Fry Pizza with Daiya Cheese


…for a Fluffy White Pizza Crust

1 cup warm water (110 degrees F / 45 degrees C) [Optional: sub in 1/2 cup of plain soy milk; this gave us a slightly thinner crust.]
1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/4 tablespoons active dry yeast
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

…for the pizza

Red sauce
Daiya cheddar cheese, or the vegan cheese of your choice (anywhere from 4 to 8 ounces will do it!)
About 4 to 6 cups of vegan crinkle cut french fries: frozen, half baked, or deep fried (* see below)
Seasonings to taste: salt, pepper, hot sauce, etc.

Cooking spray (e.g. Pam) or cornmeal


1. Stir the water, sugar and yeast together until dissolved. Add the olive oil and salt, as well as any extra spices or seasonings you desire. Stir in the flour until blended. Form the dough into a small ball and let rest in large bowl, covered loosely with a towel, anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours.

2. Once you’re ready to make the pizza, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

3. As the oven is heating, spread a dusting of cornmeal onto your pizza stone (or lightly coat your pizza pan with cooking spray). Using fingers dipped in olive oil (optional), pat the dough onto the stone, spreading it out evenly.

4. Add your toppings: red sauce first, followed by a generous layer of cheddar cheese. Next, arrange the french fries on the pizza, with as little overlap as possible. (You don’t want to go several layers deep!) Finally, sprinkle the fries with a little more cheddar cheese and add any extra toppings you like.

5. Bake at 425 degrees, for between 15 and 20 minutes for a single pizza, or 30 minutes for two pizzas.

6. Enjoy warm and melty!


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Can you tell these pizza slices apart?
Hint: One has pre-baked french fries, while the other’s potatoes are deep fried.


* A note on using frozen vs. half-baked vs. deep fried french fries

The first time around, we used frozen french fries. We reasoned that since the cook time on the fries is so similar to that of the pizza, they should bake rather well on the pizza. And they did! On the downside, the extra moisture from the cheese resulted in slightly soggy fries. (Unless you like soggy fries, then this is a bonus!) Reheating the leftovers in the oven resulted in crispier fries, so it was a bit of a trade off.

For our second and third experiments, we tried half-baking and deep frying the french fries to see how this might affect the finished product. About twenty minutes prior to making the pizzas (we baked two french fry pizzas in one night, huzzah! talk about couch potatoes!), we baked one batch of fries in the oven, at the recommended temp but for only half the recommended time (or until they were light brown in color). We fried a second batch in the deep fryer until they were light brown in color – almost done but not quite. Then we layered them on the pizza, the same as with the frozen fries.

The result? Well, Shane couldn’t detect a difference, but I thought that the extra prep paid off: in my opinion, the fries were a bit crisper. Still a little soggy – after all, they’re covered in cheese – but not as much. While the baked and fried potatoes were about equally crispy, I was able to tell them apart because the deep fried fries had a hint of that deep fryer oil flavor. You know, that unique taste that says “It’s time to maybe change the oil!”? That.

All in all, I think my favorite method is pre-baking: the fries are crispier, but not quite as unhealthy as if I’d fried ’em. Of course, this was all done with medium-thickness crinkle cut fries. I’d imagine that thick steak fries would be better pre-baked, and thin shoestring fries should go right on the pizza.

Hmmm. Upon further consideration, I think I’d better confirm these hypotheses with another round of testing! I’ll get back to you, mkay?

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