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baked fries w. cheese sauce

baked fries w. cheese sauce

There is no simpler recipe than this one for amazing baked fries. Not only are you making something that is supposed to be fried much healthier for you by baking them, you lose absolutely no flavor. I went out of my way recently to fry some fries (sounds funny but I just can't find a word to substitute here) and I say out of my way because it really is a pain to fry french fries. They didn't taste as good. It took longer. They were greasy. The grease made them soggy. The list goes on. So my friends, lose the skillet and all the oil and opt for this easy way to get your french fry fix. To be honest, I clearly am going for simplicity rather than caloric intake seeing that this recipe includes a fat induced cheese sauce...it's all about balance.

Baked Fries with Cheese Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2-3 Russet potatoes thinly sliced and placed in a bowl filled with water
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon cajun/creole seasoning (I use Tony Chachere's)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup prepared pimento cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • sliced green onions

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375.

2. Grease a rimmed cookie sheet with cooking spray. Drain the potatoes and lay them on the sheet. Pat dry with paper towels. Drizzle the 2 tablespoons of oil and the 1 tablespoon creole seasoning on the potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Toss the potatoes around on the sheet to coat evenly with all of the seasonings.

3. Place in preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown.

4. While the potatoes are cooking, add the cornstarch to the milk and stir. Pour the cornstarch/milk mixture in a small sauce pan and heat to a simmer. When the liquid has thickened, slowly add in the cheese, about a tablespoon at a time. Remove from the heat and cover until serving.

Until next time, the only time you should eat fried fries is at the golden arches...bake at home.

*All photos included in this post are by Anna Howard of Anna Howard Studios.

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