Friday, October 1, 2010

The Squirrel Can Cook - Italian Cheese Oven-fries

It’s fall, and, for me anyway, that means football. And football, more than any other sport, has, I think, a diet all its own. These are the things you find on the menus at sports bars and Super Bowl parties. High up on that list is cheese fries.

This is a flexible recipe that allows you to easily adjust to the size of crowd you are serving. I figure one and a half potatoes per person, as a general rule.

Our ingredients are:
Red potatoes, washed
¼ cup of mozzarella cheese per potato
Garlic powder (Garlic powder not garlic salt!)
Italian seasoning blend
Olive oil

Preheat your oven to 425°F and liberally coat a baking sheet with olive oil. I use a Misto sprayer to evenly coat the baking sheet, but a paper towel dipped in olive oil works just as good.

Slice your potatoes into slices of about 1/8th of an inch…

And spread them evenly on the baking sheet. Spray them lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder and Italian seasoning (I recommend Basik’s Italian Table blend, but I was out, and so this is your average store-bought stuff… hey, it works in a pinch…) Bake for 20 minutes at 425°F, then flip the potato slices over, sprinkle the other side with garlic powder and Italian seasoning, and bake another 15 to 20 minutes.

Arrange or potatoes on a plate, sprinkle with mozzarella, and microwave on high for 20 to 30 seconds to melt the cheese. A little bit of fresh ground black pepper on top and you’re ready to serve.

These cheese fries that will go great with burgers, hot dogs, or just by themselves. Enjoy!

The Squirrel shall not live by bread NUTS alone!

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