I made you the crispest chili spiced fries ever. Like really.

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And they are baked not fried!

But then it gets better. Way better.

I drizzled them with the most amazing (and surprisingly light) garlic/ cheddar cheese/ spicy sauce ever and then I crumbled just a little bit of bacon over top. You know for good measure.

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I make these fries ALL THE TIME!

Ok well, not with the cheese sauce and bacon. That’s a new thing, but that’s only because I had not conjured up this recipe yet!

I have a feeling that these are going to be a regular around here. Although, with how much I have been cooking lately we never have the same thing twice. Unless it’s Buffalo Chicken, Taco’s or Steak, which we have way too much. Picky eaters that are obviously meat loving hungry boys are to blame for this.

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Man these pictures speak for themselves!

Look at these fries. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but seriously, don’t they just look perfect? I did a tex-mex like seasoning on them and it is insanely good. Like the fries on their own are just awesome, but then the cheese sauce puts them over the top. Like they’re freaking killer.

The sauce. Would you believe me if I told you it was actually like, not bad for you? No, butter, no cream, no flour. I used a combo of light cream cheese and plain fat-free greek yogurt to get a super creamy and light sauce. A little sharp cheddar cheese goes a long way! It’s creamy and has just a little kick from some chipotle hot sauce (everyone in my family is obsessed with this stuff). It’s totally finger dippin’ worthy!

Double-Baked Fries with Garlic Cheese Sauce and Bacon-4Alright, so here’s the deal.

I HATE deep frying foods. Like I loath it. Not only because, well it is obviously not very good for you, but mainly because it is a pain in my you know what! Really it is messy, greasy and hot. Every time I fry food my face ends up redder than a very red lobster because I have the most sensitive skin. It’s awful, not to mention rather embarrassing.

So I only fry foods that well, just have to be fried. Like donuts (No donut pan…. Yet.) and beginets and generally anything that I think will really taste better fried. Otherwise I just “oven” fry. Works like a charm.

Double-Baked Fries with Garlic Cheese Sauce and Bacon-5So the finishing touch?

Bacon. The potato’s best friend.

Now I only used just a little bacon because I think bacon can totally over power any dish if used too much. It’s such a strong and distinct flavor. Plus, my dad can only handle it in little doses, and like I said the flavors in the fries and cheese sauce are just so awesome that I did not want to over power them with a whole lot of bacon.

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Double-Baked Fries with Garlic Cheese Sauce and Bacon

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Serving Size: about 6

Ingredients

Fries
6 medium potatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1-2 large cloves garlic, grated
Spicy Cheddar Cheese Sauce
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 large or 2 small cloves garlic, minced
2 ounces light cream cheese
1/3 cup greek yogurt
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 cup milk, maybe more, maybe less
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons chipotle flavor hot sauce (I used Franks)
For Serving
4-6 pieces of cooked bacon, crumbled
4 green onions, sliced

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Cut each potato into very thin fries lengthwise no more than a quarter-inch thick. In a large bowl, toss the fries very lightly with olive oil. I think I used about a tablespoon. Season with salt and pepper and arrange the fries in single layer without crowding them (this is very important - I used two baking sheets).
  2. Place the fries in the oven and roast for 30 minutes. Remove the fries and increase the heat to 425°F. Very carefully toss the fries in a large bowl again with the chili powder, smoked paprika, cayenne and garlic. Before you place the fries back in the oven, place a wire rack inside the baking pan and spray with cooking spray. Spread the fries in a single across the rack. Return the fries to the oven and bake for another 15-20 minutes until very crisp and brown.
  3. During the last 10 minutes of baking heat about 1 teaspoon olive oil in a small sauce pan. Saute the garlic for 30 seconds and the add the cream cheese and greek yogurt. Whisk until the cream cheese has melted into the greek yogurt and you have a smooth sauce. Reduce the heat to low and add the cheddar cheese, whisking until melted. Add the season salt and pepper If the sauce is too thick add a tablespoon of milk at a time until you reach your desired consistency. Remove from the heat and stir in the chipotle hot sauce.
  4. Once the fries are done remove from the oven and serve with the cheese sauce drizzled over them, then crumble on the bacon!
  5. Note that you will probably not use all of the cheese sauce. *Inspired By Pinch Of Yum.
http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/double-baked-fries-with-garlic-cheese-sauce-and-bacon/

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Oh yeah.

 

 

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