Loaded Fries Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30-40 minutes

Ingredients:

Fries:

  • 2 lbs russet potatoes, cut into fries (or use frozen fries)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

Cheese Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Toppings:

  • ½ cup cooked and crumbled bacon
  • ¼ cup sliced green onions
  • Sour cream (for serving)
  • Ranch dressing (for serving, optional)
  • Diced tomatoes (optional)
  • Sliced jalapeños (optional)

Instructions

Make the Fries:

  • Preheat: Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Prepare Potatoes (if using fresh): Wash and peel the potatoes, then cut them into even-sized fries.
  • Season: In a large bowl, toss the fries (fresh or frozen) with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Bake: Spread fries in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 25-35 minutes, flipping halfway through, until fries are golden brown and crispy.

Make the Cheese Sauce:

  • Melt butter: In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  • Make a roux: Add the flour and stir continuously for 1 minute until lightly browned.
  • Whisk in milk: Gradually whisk in the milk, stirring constantly until the sauce thickens.
  • Add cheese: Reduce heat to low. Add the cheese, salt, and pepper, and stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.

Assemble the Loaded Fries:

  • Layer fries: Place the baked fries onto a large serving platter or baking sheet.
  • Drizzle the cheese sauce: Pour the warm cheese sauce over the fries.
  • Add Toppings: Sprinkle with the crumbled bacon and sliced green onions (add any other desired toppings).
  • Serve: Serve immediately with a side of sour cream and ranch dressing (optional) for dipping.

Tips:

  • Experiment with toppings: Add your favorites like chili, pulled pork, diced grilled chicken, or even steak.
  • Cheese variety: Use different cheeses like Monterey Jack, pepper jack, or a Mexican blend.
  • Make it vegetarian: Substitute the bacon for sauteed mushrooms or black beans for a meatless option.

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