My husband and I really enjoy going to Bar Trivia, and used to go all the time before we had our son. Now that we have a little one at home, we try to go a few times a month. One place we love going, TJ's, has the best bar food ever. My husband loves their cheese fries, as do I, and we always order them. Served with delicious homemade ranch, they are so good, but so unhealthy. I wanted to find a recipe that was a little healthier (still not healthy), and just as tasty. I turned to one of my favorite food blogs, Budget Bytes, and she had a great looking recipe! I was super excited to try it because it was cheap, easy, and looked to be mouth watering.
I had my husband do most of the prep work while I was putting my son to bed, so I didn't get photos of the whole cooking process. I decided I wouldn't even take a final picture, but then once I tried the fries I had to document them! They are so good, I don't want anyone missing out! The spices are a really awesome combo and make the fries super delicious and the corn starch really helps them crisp up (and these are baked, not fried). From now on I will use this recipe while making any oven fries, even without the cheese. I bet the spice blend would be delicious on sweet potato fries as well. The original recipe calls for sour cream to be served with the fries, but I highly suggest homemade ranch. There is nothing better than ranch to go along with cheesy fries!
Also, if you are a fan of bacon on fries, you could easily throw on some cooked bacon on the top!
- 3-4 lbs Potatoes
- 2 Tbs. Olive Oil
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Tbs. Chili Powder
- ½ tsp. Paprika
- ¼ tsp. Garlic Powder
- ¼ tsp. Salt
- ¼ tsp. cracked pepper
- 1.5 Tbs. corn starch
- 1 cup low fat shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ bunch chives
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Wash the potatoes well. Cut the potatoes into strips or "fries", approximate ½ inch thick.
2. Place the fries in a bowl and add the olive oil and worcestershire sauce. Toss to coat. In a small bowl combine the chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and cornstarch. Stir to combine the spices, then add to the bowl with the fries. Toss to coat once more.
3. Line a baking sheet (or two) with foil and spray lightly with non-stick spray. Spread the fries out on the baking sheet so that they are in a single layer and not piling up on each other. Use two baking sheets if needed. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring once halfway through.
4. After 40 minutes, they should be slightly brown and crispy on the edges. If you cut your fries thicker, they may need more time in the oven. Transfer the fries to an oven safe casserole dish. Top with the shredded cheese and return to the oven for about 5 minutes more or until the cheese is fully melted. Chop the onions while the cheese is melting. Top the fries with the green onions and dollops of sour cream or ranch. Serve immediately!
Total Recipe cost: $5.81
Prep time: 15 min. Cook time: 45 min. Total: 1 hr.
Recipe adapted from Budget Bytes