The best of both worlds: pizza fries | budget-proof challenge

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Today I’m going to make you happy. Oh, so happy. I don’t know if you eat either fries or pizza regularly but let me tell you: this dish is so damn delicious. I mean come on, how great do pizza fries sound?! Any dish with melted cheese on top is a good dish if you ask me. And you get to choose the topping!

We love pizza fries: you can make so many different ones and it’s so incredibly easy. The flavour is great: it’s that of pizza and fries combined! You can make it as healthy as you like, or turn it into a real guilty pleasure with loads of cheese. Today I’ll share with you the easiest version as well as my own version which is a bit extended: this one includes all home-made ingredients. 

Not only is this dish tasty, easy and versatile: it’s very affordable too. The recipe I created cost us €1,25 per person: as basic as possible (fries – tomato sauce – cheese) it would only cost you €0,90 each!

It’s still budget-proof month on Stay Alive and Cooking and I’ve already provided you with many tasty but affordable dishes in the past days. By simply paying attention to how much I actually spent on food I’ve already found out that some of the healthiest dishes are often the cheapest. I was always under the impression that affordable cooking could only mean junk food or other unhealthy dishes. Well, was I wrong! Take my zucchini burgers for example: only 30 cents per burger!

How have you liked it so far? Let me know!

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Introduction blabla

I actually disappointed myself by making this dish with all home-made ingredients. I can almost hear you think: “why the hell… What’s wrong this time Viv? *sigh*” Well, I decided to prepare this gorgeous dish on Friday (I seriously couldn’t stop thinking about pizza, and this is one of the best recipes I know!) because it’s supposed to be really quick and easy.

I had a very busy day you see, as it was the day before my boyfriends birthday and I still had to prepare his birthday cakes and breakfast and I wanted to do so many other things. So dinner had to be an easy one, hence the pizza fries. And then, at the end of that long and hectic day I found myself preparing everything from scratch. Which takes a lot more time! (duhh)

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Now you might be wondering why this is a bad thing. except for the fact that I took on too much work while I already had a busy day. Well you see, the problem is that I sort of do that every day. I set the bar high because I feel like I have to: after all I had a break from school so everything else has to be perfect, right? I need to cook extensive meals, I need to go to the gym very often. My house needs to be tidy. I need to have a “high quality” life to compensate for currently not studying.

Yes, that sounds ridiculous and yes, I am fully aware of that! Stupid brain. I wish I could just be happy with doing something the normal way instead of feeling like I’m an underachiever. I’m getting there, that’s for sure. I learn so much about this and myself every week! Yay for mindfulness!

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Trying to achieve a lot is not a bad thing as long as you allow yourself to breathe and as long as you can be proud of yourself afterwards, and not set the bar even higher.

Life lessons from Vivian! All included in your membership. Just kidding. I love having readers over on my blog πŸ˜‰

Let’s cook some pizza fries!

After all that wisdom it is time for what you came here to read: pizza fries! As I said before I made them from scratch but it’s perfectly fine to buy some components instead.

I for example made the fries myself by cutting up and boiling potatoes, while it’s fine to use store-bought (oven) fries instead. Or just use pieces or slices of boiled potato!
Also: I made the pizza/pasta sauce from scratch. If you’d like to save time you can buy this as well. However, I would really recommend making the sauce yourself as it tends to be way more delicious!

I wrote the recipe from my chunky tomato sauce in the previous post, check it out here!

Pizza fries
Serves 2
This dish basically combines the best of both worlds: pizza and fries. It's easy, delicious and has loads of melted cheese on top!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Base recipe:
  1. Fries, 4 handfuls*
  2. Tomato sauce**, 250 ml (1 cup)
  3. Grated cheese, 70g
The toppings we added:
  1. Bell pepper, 1 piece
  2. Shallot, 1 piece
  3. Salami, 6 slices
  4. One oven tray
Instructions
  1. Prepare the fries* as indicated on the package.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  3. Place the fries on the bottom of the oven tray.
  4. Add the tomato sauce and toppings of choice.
  5. Top with grated cheese, and place in the oven for 15 minutes.
  6. And you are already done! How easy was that?!
Notes
  1. *: I boiled potatoes and cut these into fries, but if you like you can use regular or oven fries instead.
  2. **: you can use store bought tomato sauce or use my recipe for "Super simple chunky tomato sauce" instead.
Variations:
  1. You can make any type of "pizza" you like! How about...
  2. - tomato, mozzarella and pesto
  3. - different cheeses
  4. - different vegetables (zucchini, mushroom, spinach, broccoli...)
  5. - fish and spinach
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Woohoo, another great budget proof recipe done! I’m really happy with this one: we don’t have pizza fries often but every time we do it’s a big success. Let me know when you try them!
Love, Vivian

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11 thoughts on “The best of both worlds: pizza fries | budget-proof challenge

  1. Viv!!!!! You are seriously killing me with these pizza fries. O-kaaaay, you’re not. But I’ve suddenly become ridiculously hungry. I LOVE this recipe!! Pizza + Fries = Everything.

    Btw, I am right there with you: you have a HUGE day ahead of you (bf’s birthday plans, work stuff, etc.), you honestly plan on making something quick and easy… then SUDDENLY, you’re in the kitchen, making this whole dish from scratch. That’s cooking love, my friend. That’s the life of a food blogger. Haha.

    LOVE this recipe! Big hugs. xo demeter πŸ™‚

    1. Haha! I’m so sorry! I’m thinking of creating a new challenge: “Healthier recipes” and then my website won’t be as tempting anymore. I promise.

      I know, I guess it’s a food blogger problem. Love the support I’m getting here πŸ˜‰ Maybe we didn’t start our blogs to share love for food, but more to share the struggles of our food-indulged lives! I’m kidding. It’s a good addiction I suppose!

      Thank you so much! You are too kind. xx Vivian

  2. Ummm pizza AND fries… together?! All day YAAHHHSS! Loving this combo, girlfriend! I’m assuming that entire pan is one serving… yes? Because no way in hellz am I sharing! πŸ˜‰ I hear ya on the whole over achiever thing… I totally think it’s a food blogger problem! Cheers to a wonderful weekend… with hopefully a bit of R & R!

    1. It’s almost as tempting as chocolate!
      Ohh yes, it’s a guilty pleasure so you’re not supposed to share it anyways. That’s how it works, right?

      Thanks for your reply, it is sort of reassuring to know it’s a foodie problem. Maybe there are support groups for those kind of things?! Haha! We can share experiences and help each other cope.

      You too Cheyanne; make the most of it!

  3. This looks insane in the best possible way! Absolutely genius! Combining two of the very best foods in the world – such a great idea! Can’t wait to try it

    xx, Caitlin

  4. You are a genius. You combined pizza + fries, everyone’s favorite comfort foods, to create the ULTIMATE comfort dish! I love it! I will for sure be veganizing this recipe so I can enjoy it πŸ™‚
    Also, I am a perfectionist that feels like I have to do everything and like I don’t have enough time in the day too. You’re not alone, if that helps! And hey, you got everything you had to do done AND then made this fabulous dish!

    1. Thank you so much for all your kindness Ellie! I really like having you over at my blog πŸ™‚
      I can tell you that pizza fries are the best in terms of comfort food! And it’s so quick and easy, too… You do that, and don’t forget to tag me in your recipe because I’d LOVE to see how you give your own spin to it! Or if you’re not posting it be sure to tell me how it went anyways πŸ™‚

      I know right, it seems that there are always new ways to “improve”. I’m trying to have some more me-time now, but this blogging is a bit addictive!

      Thanks so much for stopping by! xx

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