Brown Butter Gorgonzola Fries

I had Gorgonzola Fries at Henry’s Tavern in Portland, Oregon and these are my version of those fries and recently talked about them in my five things post about Portland eats. And someone asked for the recipe so I thought I would try my hand at it. I wasn’t trying to make Henry’s fries exactly but I think I came pretty close.

And you know about my obsession with brown butter…right? So let’s go there.

It only takes a few minutes to get the brown butter gorgonzola sauce done…first brown the butter. Basically, melt it and allow it to brown just a little bit. You’ll smell the nutty flavor but be careful not to burn it!

I used heavy cream and 2% milk so that the sauce wouldn’t separate. With the gorgonzola and the addition of ground sage and cayenne, it’s the perfect blend. You’ll love these fries!

I’m excited to announce that I’m working with McCormick once again this season to share with you the Seasonal Seven Flavors, cinnamon, nutmeg, poultry seasoning, ginger, sage, vanilla, and peppermint, and most specifically I will be sharing recipes with sage in them.

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Brown Butter Gorgonzola Fries Recipe

I had Gorgonzola Fries at Henry's Tavern in Portland, Oregon and these are my version. The sauce is easy to make and once you have the fries baked or fried up, sit back and enjoy!


1 pound frozen fries or homemade, prepared according to directions

1 Tablespoon unsalted butter

1/4 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup 2% milk

salt & pepper

1.5-2 ounces gorgonzola cheese

1/8 teaspoon ground sage

pinch cayenne pepper


how to brown butter

Add butter to a saucepan and heat at medium. Don't let it burn. Continually stir with a wooden spoon and remove from heat when butter particles start to brown, about 5-8 minutes.

Add heavy cream and continually stir, it may bubble a little. Allow to reduce for about 2-3 minutes. Add milk and also stir continuously. Add salt and pepper and cook for about 1-3 minutes. Add cheese and stir. Allow cheese to melt. Then, add sage and cayenne. Mix thoroughly, add salt and pepper if necessary.

Pour over fries and serve immediately.

Note: I like to bake my fries for this recipe. I put a little bit of vegetable oil on the foil before adding the fries and make sure to start the fries before starting the brown butter gorgonzola cream sauce.

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by McCormick. I love working with them and as always opinions are my own!

38 Responses to “Brown Butter Gorgonzola Fries”

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    Marly — November 12, 2012 @ 11:20 am

    Hmm, I think I feel a vegan version of this coming on! Thanks for the inspiration!


    • Julie Deily replied: November 12th, 2012 @ 11:21 am

      I love it, Marly! :) I can’t wait to see those!!


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    Christine (Cook the Story) — November 12, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    I’m fascinated. I’ve never heard of such a thing. While I am totally aware that gorgonzola and cheese curds are nothing alike, I still find myself wondering if this tastes at all like poutine. Thanks for sharing. I’m inspired!


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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell — November 12, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    Those look absolutely scrumptious!!! I love the flavor of sage. It’s the key spice in my meatloaf recipe. :)


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    fabiola@notjustbaked — November 12, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

    I am obsessed with those and these fries. I love stinky cheese on anything!


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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — November 12, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

    I absolutely love sage in the fall. And with gorgonzola and brown butter…out of this world! These look amazing, must-try!


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    Cookbook Queen — November 12, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

    These seriously look like perfection!!!


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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 12, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

    Browned butter + cheese. Yes, I am down. For sure!


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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — November 12, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

    My eyeballs are having a PARTY right now.


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    Cat Davis - Food Family Finds — November 12, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

    Those sure do look good. What exactly does the gorgonzola cheese taste like (I’ve never had it before) ?


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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — November 12, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing! Like respectable adult cheese fries. 😀


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    Nancy/SpicieFoodie — November 12, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    As a fries lover I have (sadly) never eaten potatoes like this. Thanks so much for not only getting my mouthwatering, but for sharing the recipe. Yums!!

    My favorite recipe that includes sage is country sausage. Just isn’t the same without it.


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    Kathryn — November 12, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

    Woah…these sound incredible Julie. I’m not sure I could go back to regular fries after eating these!


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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — November 12, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

    AH! I went to Henry’s in August and had these fries!! Life changing, right?


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    Linda | The Urban Mrs — November 13, 2012 @ 12:12 am

    Perfect! I have extra waffle fries in the freezer and can’t wait to nibble on these. And sage must really add flavor to it. Yum!


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    Tasha @ ThatsSoYummy — November 13, 2012 @ 6:44 am

    That brown butter Gorgonzola looks divine, I think I could lick the pot clean :-)


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    Parsley Sage — November 13, 2012 @ 7:40 am

    Swoonable! Gorgonzola has such an ace flavor…I think its pretty genius to use it for fries. YUMMY!


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    Kerry | Yum and Yummer — November 13, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    Omg. My heart will probably stop pumping when I eat these, but I don’t even care. They look amazing!

    Also I wrote “pumpkin” when typing pumping. I think this season has done something to my brain.


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    katie — November 13, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    Yum! I had gorgonzola fries for the first time in San Fran last year–they were life changing. I bet these are just as good if not better!


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    Megan — November 13, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    OMG! These look incredibly amazing and oh so not good for my hips.


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    Kelly Senyei — November 13, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

    Oh my sweet (and savory) heavens! What an amazing dish for football season, Julie!


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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — November 13, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

    I am so glad you recreated this because this is to DIE FOR! Jason is a fry fanatic so he is going to be freaking thrilled when I make this for him.


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    addie | culicurious — November 13, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

    YUMMMMMM :) I love every ingredient in this recipe! Definitely making


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    Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs — November 13, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

    Oh, I’ve died and gone to gorgonzola heaven. This looks out of control amazing!


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    Carlas Confections — November 14, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

    Oh man I want these right now! I am going to have to make them soon. My craving needs to be filled!


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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert — November 15, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    This is so unique and creative – I want some! Fries and creativity! Ha – have a blessed Thanksgiving!


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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — November 15, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    Perfect fries, I think I mentioned before about the local place near me which is famous for gorgonzola fries, looking at yours is telling me to go get some this weekend! Maybe I’ll try and create a diffrerent kind of cheesy fry??


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    Robin @ Simply Southern Baking — November 16, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    Mmmm…these sound awesome!!!


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    Meghan — November 16, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

    These look incredible Julie! Brown butter plus gorgonzola sounds like pure bliss!


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    shelly (cookies and cups) — November 16, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    These sound phenomenal! I want to bathe in that sauce.


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    Jen @ Savory Simple — November 18, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    holy deliciousness!


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    Nessie @ bakingequalslove — November 19, 2012 @ 10:57 pm

    These are a whole new level of awesomeness. Would never have thought to do a creamy cheese sauce with fries. It is an american thing? Looks delicious!


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    Perfect Fries — March 7, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

    Gorgonzola sauce on fries seems like a unique take on a traditional snack. Great post.


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