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Bacon and Blue Cheese French Fries

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A great savory dish that is perfect for any game day gathering. I mean, come on, bacon and blue cheese? I’m there.

Ingredients

  • 2 whole Potatoes, Cleaned, And Peeled
  • 3 cups Canola Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • ¼ cups Shallot, Minced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 cup Blue Cheese, Crumbled
  • ½ cups Milk
  • 1-½ teaspoon Cracked Black Pepper, Divided
  • 1-¼ teaspoon Salt, Or To Taste
  • 3 slices Nueskes Bacon (or Your Favorite), Cooked, And Chopped

Preparation

Start by cutting your potatoes in half lengthwise. Then cut them into about 1/2-inch slices lengthwise. Place them on their side, and slice in 1/2-inch slices again until you have a french fry cut.

Place your cut french fries into a large bowl of cold water as this will help remove some of the starch as well as prevent the potatoes from turning brown.

To a medium size pot, add the canola oil and bring it up to 325ºF. While the oil preheats, drain the potatoes and lay them out on a towel. Gently pat them to dry as you do not want wet potatoes to go into the hot oil.

When the oil has reached temperature, add a small handful of potatoes to the oil, and cook them for about 4 minutes. After 4 minutes, remove them with your kitchen spider or slotted spoon and set them on a paper-lined baking sheet to drain any excess oil.

Repeat with remaining potatoes, making sure you bring the oil temperature up to 325ºF after every batch.

During this time, let’s go ahead and make the blue cheese sauce. To make the sauce, add the butter to a skillet and let it melt over medium heat. Toss in the shallots and garlic, and give that a good mix. Let this sweat down for about 4 minutes.

Add in the blue cheese, milk, and 1 teaspoon black pepper. Raise the heat a bit and let this begin to melt down and become nice and bubbly. Stir along the way. Once the sauce thickens, reduce the heat to low, or remove from the heat and set aside.

Once all of your potatoes have cooked, raise the temperature of your oil to 375ºF.

Again, in small batches, add the precooked potatoes back into the oil, and cooked until golden brown, roughly 4 minutes. Again, remove with your spider, but this time toss in a paper-lined bowl. Season with salt and remaining pepper. Repeat with remaining potatoes.

After the french fries are complete, it is then time to assemble. Preheat your oven broiler to 450ºF.

Add a bundle of french fries to a baking dish. I used my good ol’ cast iron fajita skillet, spoon a bunch of the blue cheese sauce all over the fries, and top with the chopped bacon. Place under the broiler until the cheese is nice and bubbly, roughly 4-5 minutes.

Your end result is an awesome flavor combination of smoky bacon and blue cheese. Pair that with these amazing homemade french fries, and, in baseball terms, you just hit a homerun. Perfect for any side dish, and heck, pair these up with a classic burger, and you’ve just impressed not only yourself but those around you. Hope you enjoy.

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