Buffalo Beer Cheese Fries
I am unashamed to admit that my obsession as-of late is French Fries. Any kind, any form, any way, I want them.
I think it all started when Lauren posted some out-of-this-world Chili-Cheese Parsnip Fries. This girl. I’m telling you, she knows how to bring a craving out in me. Her mouth-watering fries and tots posts prompted a Fries & Tots board on Pinterest. Obsessed, much?
One of our favorite KC restaurants served the most amazingly savory truffle fries and I have thought about those fries no-less than 20 times in the last two weeks. So I finally caved and bought a bag of frozen fries at the store. Yes, I could have made them homemade but frozen makes these so simple!
I had fully intended on tossing them in truffle oil but I glanced back at my recipe idea list and saw the line that said “buffalo beer cheese nachos” and thought to myself, “why not make that Buffalo Beer Cheese Fries?” And it was 100% the right move. I mean, what goes better together than buffalo sauce and beer? And with football season right around the corner? Perfection!
Buffalo Beer Cheese Fries
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Total Time: 25 min
A crowd-pleasing snack - crispy French fries covered in a spicy homemade beer-cheese sauce and topped with blue cheese, cilantro and green onions.
for the beer cheese sauce:
3 Tbs. butter
3 Tbs. flour
1 cup beer (I used a pilsner)
1/2 cup milk
6 ounces monterey jack cheese, finely shredded
4 ounces cup pepper jack cheese, finely shredded
1/4 cup Frank's red hot sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
for the fries:
1 (16-ounce) bag frozen french fries
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Cook the french fries according to package directions. Try to get them as crispy as possible to avoid them getting too soggy!
While the fries cook, make the beer cheese sauce:
Over medium heat, melt the butter in a medium sauce pan. Whisk in the flour and continue to whisk for 2-3 minutes until the flour is fully incorporated, the mixture is smooth and slightly golden brown. Add in the beer and milk and whisk until the mixture begins to thicken. Reduce the heat to the lowest possible setting. Add the hot sauce, stir in the cheese, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir occasionally while assembling the fries.
Layer the fries on a plate or platter.
Drizzle about half of the beer cheese sauce over the cooked fries Add a layer of green onion, blue cheese, cilantro. Serve with additional beer-cheese sauce for dipping.
This recipe is easily doubled to serve a large crowd.
Try adding some cooked, shredded chicken to the top of the sauce as well.