Grilled French Fries with Jalapeno Cheese Sauce

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This recipe came to me when I was

  1. Tired.
  2. Hungry.
  3. Looking to use some potatoes that were starting to sprout.  That grosses me out.
  4. Looking for another reason to grill because the weather is beautiful right now.

This is a little different than your regular cheese fries you get at restaurants – I always feel that they’re lacking something.   This cheese sauce is more creamy and the jalapeno gives it such a nice little kick.  Next time I will definitely use more because kick is my thing.

Grilled French Fries with Jalapeno Cheese Sauce

4 baking potatoes, washed

1 tbsp popcorn seasoning

1 tbsp bacon salt

1 tbsp garlic powder

4 tbsp olive oil, plus more for grilling

1 jalapeno, washed and diced

1/2 cup cream cheese

1/4 cup sour cream

3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Heat a grill to medium and coat the grates with olive oil.  Combine the popcorn seasoning, salt and garlic powder in a small bowl.  Add the olive oil and stir; set aside.

Cut the potatoes lengthwise into thick slices and put them in a large bowl filled about 3/4 full of hot water, and soak for about 20 minutes.  There’s something about the hot water that helps make them soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.  Not sure about the scientific part of that little tidbit, but its courtesy of my handy dandy Cooks Illustrated subscription.

Pour the water out and pat completely dry.  Pour the seasoning mixture over the fries and toss to coat.  When the grill is ready, lay them on the grates being careful not to let them slip through.

Or, you could do what makes most sense and use a grill basket; but I don’t have one and I really wanted to make these fries.

Grill the fries for about 10-15 minutes, turning halfway through.

While those are cooking, bring a swirl of olive oil over medium high heat and add the diced jalapeno.  Saute for about 3-4 minutes and turn down to medium-low.  Add the cream cheese, sour cream and cheddar.  Cook, stirring constantly, until the cheeses are completely melted and consistency is smooth, about 3 minutes or so.  Remove from heat.

Put some fries in a large serving bowl, then spoon some of the cheese sauce on top.

This cheese sauce is dangerous stuff.

These would be great with a big burger…..actually, the sauce would be great ON a burger!


~Dixie Chik~

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