Bacon and Blue Cheese French Fries

Oh me. There are few things as dangerous as a plate of bacon and blue cheese French fries. If ever there was something that causes my self-control to go totally out the window, this is it. It all starts with perfectly crispy, delicious French fries. Homemade. Hot out of the deep-fryer. Then comes the blue cheese sauce. That wonderful funky cheese flavor. Creamy with hints of garlic and shallot. Delicious. And finally, bacon. Crispy, smoky, perfectly-cooked bacon. These are the fries dreams are made of.

Bacon and Blue Cheese French Fries

Crazy Good Fries Like No Other

If I’m cooking these bacon and blue cheese French fries for a crowd, I’ll break out my big deep fryer. But, if it’s just the two of us, I’ll fire up my Fry Daddy fryer. It’s the perfect size for both of us. It fries everything perfectly. And as an added bonus, it doesn’t use a lot of oil, which saves me money.

If you’d rather not make fries from scratch, you can use frozen ones instead. Just bake the fries per the package instructions, making sure you get them good and crispy While they’re baking, make the sauce and cook the bacon. Serve hot-out-of-the-oven.

These fries were the perfect side dish for my pub sauce smash burgers.

Bacon and Blue Cheese French Fries
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Bacon and Blue Cheese French Fries

There are few things as dangerous as a plate of bacon and blue cheese French fries.
Course Side Dish or Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword French fry
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 390kcal

Ingredients

For the fries

For the blue cheese fry sauce

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup shallot small diced
  • 2 cloves garlic diced
  • 1 cup blue cheese crumbled
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

For the blue cheese sauce (make first and keep warm while making the fries)

  • Add butter to a small skillet over medium heat.
  • Add shallot and garlic. Saute for 4-5 minutes or until just starting to soften.
  • Add the cheese, milk and pepper.
  • Stirring constantly, raise the heat to medium-high and let the mixture get to a simmer. The cheese should be melted and the sauce will start to thicken.
  • Remove from heat and cover until ready to use.

For the fries

  • Fill a large bowl with cold water.
  • Slice the potatoes into thin, 1/8″-1/4″ sticks. Try to keep them the same thickness.
  • Place fries into the water. Add more water if needed to keep them full submerged.
  • Add the oil to the fryer and plug it in according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Drain the fries. Refill with more cold water. Stir the potatoes. Repeat this step (draining, refilling) until the water is no longer cloudy. This usually just takes me two times.
  • Drain the potatoes well and transfer to a large kitchen towel. Pat dry. Make sure you get them dry or they will splatter when you add them to the hot oil.
  • Working in batches if needed, fry the potatoes until just starting to turn a light brown. You are not cooking them fully, you do not want them to be golden brown yet. Do not over-crowd the fryer.
  • Remove the fries from the fryer using the slotted spoon that comes with the unit. Place on a wire rack over a baking pan to drain. Spread them out evenly.
  • Let the fries cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes.
  • Working in batches if necessary, return the fries to the fryer and finish cooking them. You want them nice and lightly golden brown. I’ve found that you can actually crowd the fryer a little more than usual for this step. The fries are mostly cooked, you’re just crisping them up and giving them some color so a little extra potatoes in there isn’t going to hurt. Just don’t over-fill the fryer.
  • Remove the fries to the wire rack again to drain. Season well with salt and pepper. I prefer to transfer the fries from the rack to a large bowl, sprinkle them with the seasonings, and toss to season evenly.
  • Transfer the fries to a serving dish and top with the cheese sauce and sprinkle with the bacon.

Nutrition

Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 521mg | Potassium: 990mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 403IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 250mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Crispy Fries using a Fry Daddy Fryer

This is my go-to method for making a small batch of the best-tasting, crispiest French fries. Making delicious crispy fries using a Fry Daddy Fryer takes just a little bit of time and just a handful of ingredients. The end result is mouth-wateringly good and hard to resist. Most double-fried recipes require two different cooking temperatures. But, you can’t adjust the temperature on a Fry Daddy. Don’t let that worry you. These will be the best fries you’ve made. Or had.

Crispy Fries using a Fry Daddy Fryer

There are two key steps to making sure these crispy fries using the Fry Daddy Fryer come out perfectly. First, make sure you rinse the raw potatoes in cold water and keep rinsing until the water is clear. You want all that starch gone, as if you’re making rice. Second, let the fries come to room temperature (or near it) before the second frying.

The fries will crisp up just a bit more after they come out of the fryer so it’s ok to remove them just before you think they’re like you want them. It’s not critical, but after doing these a time or too you’ll get the timing for what’s best for you. Don’t worry, they’ll be great no matter what!

You’ll want to dip your fries in my copycat Freddy’s fry sauce, for sure!

Crispy Fries using a Fry Daddy Fryer
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Crispy Fries using a Fry Daddy Fryer

This is my go-to method for making a small batch of the best-tasting, crispiest French fries.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Keyword deep-fried, fries
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 2148kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 medium Russet potatoes cleaned, peeled if desired
  • 4 cups vegetable oil for frying
  • kosher salt or your favorite fry seasoning, to taste

Instructions

  • Fill a large bowl with cold water.
  • Slice the potatoes into thin, 1/8"-1/4" sticks. Try to keep them the same thickness.
  • Place fries into the water. Add more water if needed to keep them full submerged.
  • Add the oil to the fryer and plug it in according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Drain the fries. Refill with more cold water. Stir the potatoes. Repeat this step (draining, refilling) until the water is no longer cloudy. This usually just takes me two times.
  • Drain the potatoes well and transfer to a large kitchen towel. Pat dry. Make sure you get them dry or they will splatter when you add them to the hot oil.
  • Working in batches if needed, fry the potatoes until just starting to turn a light brown. You are not cooking them fully, you do not want them to be golden brown yet. Do not over-crowd the fryer.
  • Remove the fries from the fryer using the slotted spoon that comes with the unit. Place on a wire rack over a baking pan to drain. Spread them out evenly.
  • Let the fries cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes.
  • Working in batches if necessary, return the fries to the fryer and finish cooking them. You want them nice and lightly golden brown. I've found that you can actually crowd the fryer a little more than usual for this step. The fries are mostly cooked, you're just crisping them up and giving them some color so a little extra potatoes in there isn't going to hurt. Just don't over-fill the fryer.
  • Remove the fries to the wire rack again to drain. Season well with salt. I prefer to transfer the fries from the rack to a large bowl, sprinkle them with the salt, and toss to season evenly.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 2148kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 224g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 63g | Monounsaturated Fat: 142g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 888mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Copycat McDonald’s Fries

I eat fast food about as often as there’s a total solar eclipse. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t think about it. And when I do, the first thing that comes to mind are McDonald’s French fries. In my younger years I gobbled up my share of Mickey D’s fries, that’s for sure, and I’ve wanted to recreate that taste and crunch at home for a while now. Finally, I have found the perfect recipe for a copycat of McDonald’s fries. The perfect flavor and texture. This is it.

Copycat McDonald's Fries

Make sure you re-freeze the brined fries before deep-frying them. You want the brine to set up. If it does not it will cause a lot of grease splatter when you lower them into the hot oil.

I served these copycat McDonald’s fries along with my copycat of the famous original McDonald’s hamburger or a McRib sandwich. Like Five Guy’s fries too? Check out my copycat of their great fries!

Copycat McDonald's Fries
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Copycat McDonald’s Fries

I have found the perfect recipe for a copycat of McDonald’s fries. The perfect flavor and texture. This is it.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Keyword copycat, fries
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 8kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat combined oils to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Combine ice, beef stock, soy milk and baking powder in a bowl, and mix until combined.
  • Place fries into the brine, and remove after a few seconds.
  • Put brined fries back into the freezer for five minutes.
  • Drop fries into oil, cook for 2 minutes, or until the reach your desired doneness.
  • Salt immediately and serve hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 8kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 81mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 39IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

French Fries on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Woo hoo! French fries on the Char-Broil Big Easy! Crispy, hot French fries! Perfection in a pan, and ready in only minutes. Don’t want to heat up the house with the oven making fries during the warmer months? Just toss some (frozen) fries into the Big Easy!

Note: This recipe was developed using the Char-Broil Big Easy Oil-Less Fryer. If you are cooking using the Char-Broil Smoker-Roaster Grill you should cook with the lid open and the temperature set to High. You might also need to adjust the cooking time.

French Fries on the Char-Broil Big Easy

How long does it take to bake French fries on the Char-Broil Big Easy? I found the cook time on the fries to pretty much match the times on the package, so it’s about as no-brainer as you can get.

These fries would not have been possible without Char-Broil’s Big Easy Cooking Rack. It adds a ton of cooking area to the fryer. And best, you can add 9″ pie pans, giving you the ability to cook a whole bunch of things, like fries! Check out my post on the rack for tips and tricks.

Here lately, the rack has been hard to find. Next best thing? The bunk bed basket. An absolute-got-to-have for the Big Easy.

You can also cook potato skins and hash brown patties on the Big Easy.

Love your Big Easy as much I love mine? Check out my Big Easy Add-Ons page and my free Big Easy eCookbook!

French Fries on the Char-Broil Big Easy
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French Fries on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Woo hoo! French fries on the Char-Broil Big Easy! Crispy, hot French fries! Perfection in a pan, and ready in only minutes. Don’t want to heat up the house with the oven making fries during the warmer months? Just toss some (frozen) fries into the Big Easy!
Course Side
Cuisine American
Keyword Big Easy, Char-Broil, fries
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 295kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 pound frozen fries such as Ore-Ida
  • Your favorite toppings and condiments

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Divide fries between 9″ pie pans. Do not overcrowd.
  • Lower rack into the Big Easy and cook until fries are crispy, 20 minutes or so.
  • Remove and top and garnish.

Notes

You’ll need the Big Easy Cooking Rack and some 9″ pie pans to make these French Fries.

Nutrition

Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 556mg | Potassium: 488mg | Fiber: 5g | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Italian Herb Fries on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Note: This recipe was developed using the Char-Broil Big Easy Oil-Less Fryer. If you are cooking using the Char-Broil Smoker-Roaster Grill you should cook with the lid open and the temperature set to High. You might also need to adjust the cooking time.

We love French fries. But we don’t like heating up the house on a hot day just to enjoy some fries. That’s where my Char-Broil Big Easy comes in. I can cook (reheat, technically) frozen fries in it just like I would indoors. I like to kick-up my fries, and these Italian herb fries on the Char-Broil Big Easy are definitely kicked-up. A little butter and a few tasty herbs and it’s time to devour some mighty tasty fries!

Italian Ranch BBQ Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

To make these Italian herb fries on the Char-Broil Big Easy I used a bunk bed basket. It lets me double or even triple the amount of cooking space I have. I originally used a similar basket that Char-Broil has since discontinued. The bunk bed is at least as good as it was if not better!

Love your Big Easy as much I love mine? Check out my Big Easy Add-Ons page and my free Big Easy eCookbook!

Italian Herb Fries on the Char-Broil Big Easy
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Italian Herb Fries on the Char-Broil Big Easy

 I like to kick-up my fries, and these Italian herb fries are definitely kicked-up. A little butter and a few tasty herbs and it’s time to devour some mighty tasty fries!
Course Side
Cuisine American
Keyword Big Easy, Char-Broil, freis
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 8kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Add the fries to the cooking rack, or as I do, place them in 9″ non-stick pie pans. Place into the Big Easy and cook until golden brown, 20-30 minutes. Fries towards the bottom of the rack might get done sooner, so start checking them after 20 minutes.
  • Pour the fries into a large bowl.
  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan.
  • Stir in the spices.
  • Pour butter mixture over the fries and toss to coat. Note: It’s completely optional, but you can also return the fries to the Big Easy, after coating them, for about 5 minutes to get a little extra crunch on them and kind of ‘set’ the spices and butter.
  • Serve.

Notes

You’ll need a Big Easy cooking rack or a Bunk Bed basket to cook these fries.

Nutrition

Calories: 8kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 56IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.