Happy Black Friday! I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving. We had yet another great Thanksgiving with tons of food and time with family. My husband had to work today so no Black Friday shopping for me yet but I might venture out this evening. 🙂
And then…. these Loaded Cheese Fries happened! No mystery Kraft Cheeze Whiz, no bagged fries with tots of extra ingredients including GMO’s, just real ingredients put together to create a real food version of an all time favorite. Say something Kraft, I dare you! And please, if a word contains a Z instead of an S, that might be an indication you have a processed food disaster on your hands!
I must admit, I grew up eating Cheeze Whiz, because again my parents just didn’t understand. Almost every single day I would come home from school and eat a microwaved soft pretzel with Cheeze Whiz (cringe!). I always had to spoon the cold Whiz onto my plate without even looking at it because it actually disgusted me that bad.
So what is Cheeze Whiz anywho? Basically a mix of dairy, canola oil, modified food starch, and preservatives. You know, some processed concoction only Kraft would be able to come up with. What do you really expect from the company who created Cool Whip? I surely don’t expect anything real from them so I made my own cheese sauce that is super easy, uses only 4 ingredients + seasoning and viola! Cheese fries with a real cheese sauce that taste 1,000 times better then that canned crap!
Now that we’ve called out Kraft, let’s talk bacon! We always try to purchase bacon that contain natural nitrates. I know some people don’t think it matter either way, so do what works for you. FYI our natural bacon comes from Aldi, and is a bit cheaper then most mainstream grocery stores. 🙂 Love me some Aldi!
Last but not least, these Loaded Cheese Fries are perfect for tailgating, football parties, Holidays, or any other gathering you can possibly think of. I don’t think I’ve ever met a person who doesn’t love fries so these are the perfect crowd pleaser!
Please excuse this ridiculously huge picture! 🙂
Loaded Cheese Fries
By November 28, 2014Published:
- Yield: 4 Servings
- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 35 mins
- Ready In: 50 mins
Happy Black Friday! I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving. We had yet another great Thanksgiving with tons of food and time …
- 4 large russet potatoes
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp mustard powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 2 Tbsp salted butter
- 2 Tbsp whole wheat white flour
- 1 cup whole milk
- 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
- 2-3 slices bacon for topping
- sour cream for topping
- fresh chives for topping
- For bacon: Lay bacon out flat on a sheet tray and bake in the oven until crispy. Break into small pieces and set aside for assembly.
For the fries: Wash and thinly slice potatoes. Drizzle with olive oil, then season with salt, garlic powder, mustard powder, and paprika. Bake in the oven at 375 for about 35 minutes or until golden and crispy.
- For the cheese sauce: Melt butter in a small sauté pan. When butter is melted add flour to create a roux, allow it to cook for a second, then slowly add milk little by little, allowing it to thicken each time. Add cheese and additional salt and pepper to taste.
- To assemble: Scatter fries in serving dish. Pour hot cheese sauce over fries. Top with bacon, sour cream, and chives.