Good morning from Phoenix!! Yesterday was a strange day. I was up at 3:30am, in Phoneix by 7am, at a hotel by 9:30am, and met about a hundred women by the end of the day. I’m at a BeautyCounter conference this weekend to learn more about the company and there are about 1500 other women attending. There is also spring training out here and a Michael Bublé concert so there are about 4 BILLION WOMEN HERE! There is a whole lot of estrogen and opinions in the air right now. So much estrogen in the air that my skin is breaking out. That’s a real thing, right?
Whenever I’m at an event or in a large group, I start to get social anxiety and want to leave immediately. So it’s pretty hard work to put on a smiling face and act like I’m not a totally awkward turtle. I’m hoping that working out this morning and working from a coffee shop gives me some ease and tranquility before the storm. Have YOU ever dealt with social anxiety? If you have, you should share how you deal with it because I think more people go through it than is talked about. And I could really use some advice before I walk into the conference on Friday and Saturday to high pitched voices. HELP ME!
But who cares about social anxiety and estrogen, let’s talk about these FRIES. I die. I love them so much. These fries are made with yukon gold potatoes because those are my favorite, but if you are sketched out by white potatoes and think only sweet potatoes are the answer, do you baby boo. These potatoes come out so crispy and perfect from the air fryer and they are topped with pizza sauce and Siete Foods Nacho Cheese (which is totally dairy-free)! But the thing about these pizza fries is that they are totally versatile. Top the fries with whatever YOU love on you pizza. I’m a pretty Basic Ass B*tch so all I wanted was Italian sausage and pepperoni, but you can do whatever you want! If you do dairy, you could even top these off with mozzarella cheese to make them extra cheesy and stringy. I think you’re going to LOVE this recipe!!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 2-3 1x
- 4 yukon gold potatoes (or whatever white or sweet potato you prefer), cut into fry slices
- 2–3 tablespoons avocado oil
- hefty pinch of salt
- 1/2 pound hot Italian sausage
- 10–15 pepperoni slices
- 1/4–1/3 cup pizza sauce
- 1/4–1/3 cup dairy-free cheese (I used Siete Foods Nacho Cheese Queso)
- parsley, for garnish
- red pepper flakes, for garnish
- Cut potatoes into fry slices, toss in avocado oil, and sprinkle with salt. Place in an air fryer without overcrowding the basket (I had to cook my potatoes in 2 batches) and cook at 390 degrees F for 15-18 minutes, tossing every 4-5 minutes, until potatoes are crispy.
- While the potatoes are cooking, add italian sausage to a large non-stick skillet and break into pieces, cooking until browned and no pink remains. Remove from pan and set aside. Add pepperoni to the pan and cook pepperoni 1-2 minutes per side.
- Heat up pizza sauce and dairy-free cheese in a saute pan or in the microwave until warm.
- Once the potatoes are done cooking, top with pizza sauce, italian sausage, dairy-fre cheese, pepperoni, parsley and red pepper flakes. Then all you have to do is chow down!
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20 thoughts on “Pizza Fries”
Social anxiety is tough! I have to do a lot of networking for my business and in the beginning I would sweat and hide and I was so so awkward…I’m sure I still am but it doesn’t bother me as much as it used too. I think you are smart to work our first and spend some time alone before you go to the conference. I hate when people say just be yourself but it is so true – just be real and don’t overthink it. Also go easy on the caffeine before the event – it always increases my anxiety and jitters. You got this!!!
This recipe looks amazing.
Yes to social anxiety. I recently read somewhere to approach these situations with curiosity and kindness and you can’t go wrong. Best of luck!
SO hear you on social anxiety, Juli! When I attend events, I remind myself that all I have to do is be present and be kind. Also, I scan the room and pick out ONE person I’d like to meet and have a conversation with. Takes the pressure and expectations out of it…and beautiful connections tend to emerge.
Dana Thank You!! Wonderful advice, be present and be kind. I have a 2 day workshop coming up that I’ve been dreading. LOL I came onto this site looking for new recipes and I get life coping skills. How awesome is that!?!
Thank you for sharing this delicious looking recipe all while you are traveling and dealing with stressful social situations. From what I can see, your charisma and light will attract the kind of person who you will want to meet and you will make some real connections. Have fun and enjoy the beautiful weather too!
I find that being honest about how overwhelming it is usually helps because like you said, SO MANY others are feeling it too! I don’t mean gushing about how freaked out you are, but a “wow! I’m so impressed by the size of this event, but it’s kind of overwhelming me with how many people there are!” totally diffuses the situation and more than likely, the other girls will agree with you! It usually also elicits a laugh or two (shared “misery” and all) and as someone who deals with all emotion/issues/situations with humor, that definitely helps put me at ease and open up a little more.
And also, I know someone above said it and said how stupid and cliché it is, but just be yourself. If it’s quirky jokes or obsessing over the hors d’oeuvres, talking about what we know and are comfortable with makes us radiate confidence and makes other people warm to us and view us as approachable.
If all else fails, talk about pizza fries, because these are freakin’ great and the best ice breaker I can think of is “I make pizza fries”.
I like to find something I have in common with someone and then understand we’re all just people and chances are I’m not the only one dealing with social anxiety. I also like to find an escape route in case I need to slowly back out. (I like to keep things realistic).
I want to try this recipe so badly! How do you recommend baking the fries if you don’t have an air fryer? (Tragic, I know. I’m working on it!)
i’m all about escape routes. and i did LOTS of escaping last week haha! here’s a recipe that includes how i bake fries – https://paleomg.com/crockpot-carne-asada-loaded-fries/
This recipe looks delicious and I was so excited to try when I printed the recipe. Just a heads up~ The advertisement in the recipe itself (right next to the ingredients), ends up cutting all the ingredients off when printed. I didn’t realize this when I printed the first time, until I went to make the recipe and couldn’t tell what was needed because of a big blank space due to the advertisement in the way.
Not sure if that’s something you can control on your site, but thought I would let you know.
thank you so much for bringing this to my attention, i’ll try to get that fixed ASAP!!
Absolutely loved this, and husband approved! My local grocery store sold me some questionable sausage and we ended up with mild food poisoning, but I will definitely make this again…..next time with grass fed beef instead lol.
noooooo that’s terrible!
Can’t wait to make these! Have you ate them left over? How are they?
i haven’t! but if you do, i would recommend heating them back up in the oven or air fryer!
Love this!! I’m having trouble finding a paleo-friendly pepperoni though. Any suggestions?
i love applegate pepperoni
A little late to the party . . . Great recipe idea. Thanks Juli. I subbed cilantro for parsley and loved the added flavor profile. Attempted to melt mozzarella cheese on top in the oven but it created a mushy mess of what was crispy fries from the air fryer. Note to self to grab queso next time to pour on top! 🤗
glad you liked the recipe, Julie!
Made this with sweet potatoes fries fried in olive oil, used ground turkey with hot Italian sausage seasoning (fennel seed, oregano, parsley, garlic salt, onion powder, smoked paprika, crushed red peppers, pepper), turkey pepperonis home made marinara sauce with canned diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and tomato sauce with Italian seasoning and topped it all with shredded mozzarella and mushrooms. It was heaven! Super fun to eat and make and I love the options to make it your own. Awesome recipe!
so love!! that sounds absolutely amazing!