Texas Sized Chili Cheese Fries
4 v. lg Idaho potatoes, cut lenghtwise into 6 wedges
2 Tbs grill seasoning
2 Tbs plus 1/4 cup EVOO
2 lbs ground sirloin
1 lg onion
3-4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped, or grated
1 jalepeno pepper, seeded and chopped
2 Tbs chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
Salt and freshly ground pepper
3 Tbs tomato paste
1/8 cup hot sauce
2 Tbs worcestershire sauce
1.5 cup beef stock
3 Tbs butter
3 Tbs flour
1 cup milk
2 cups chicken stock
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat the oven to 450.
Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and sprinkle them with the grill seasoning and
a good drizzle of EVOO. Toss to coat, then transfer to the oven and roast until
crispy golden brown, about 40 minutes. Turn them once halfway through cooking time.
While the potatoes are roasting, place a large, heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high
heat with 2 Tbs EVOO, about 2 turns of the pan. Add the ground meat to the pan and
cook until brown, about 6-7 minutes, breaking it up into small pieces as it cooks.
Push the meat to one side of the pan and add the onion, garlic, jalepeno, chili powder
and the cumin to the pot. Cook until the veggies soften, 5-6 mins, and season with
salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Add the tomato paste to the pot and cook for about 1 minute, until it smells sweet
and has caramelized slightly. Add the hot sauce, worcestershire sauce and beef stock to the pot.
Bring everything up to a bubble, then reduce the heat and simmer until the chili is
thickened, at least 10 minutes.
While the chili is simmering, place a medium size pot over medium-high heat and
melt the butter. Sprinkle the flour over the melted butter and cook it for about a minute.
Whisk in the milk and stock. Continue whisking until it has thickened up. Then remove
the pot from the heat and stir in the cheese until melted. Season the cheese sauce with
salt and pepper and reserve.
To serve, divide the fries between four plates and top each one with some chili
You can't really see the fries, they're in the bottom. This was pretty good. It was more of a meat sauce and cheese sauce over potatoes.