Lions’ Plate: Old Bay French Fries

By Shannon Deady
Columnist

The first time I ate at Campus Town’s Landmark Americana Tap & Grill, I fell in love with its Old Bay Seasoning french fries and American cheese dipping sauce. I had been making a lot of different variations of homemade french fries for years, but I had never tried them with this much added flavor and wanted to see if I could make the fries and dipping sauce myself.

Dip your fries in a creamy cheese sauce for added flavor (Instagram).

When I cook at home, I try to keep things on the healthier side for every meal. For this recipe, I bake my french fries instead of frying them and use a mix of heart-healthy oils like canola and olive oil. I’ve also found that the cheese sauce can be used as a dipping sauce for bread and vegetables.

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients:

French fries

-4 large Russet potatoes or sweet potatoes

-2 tsp old bay hot seasoning

-1 tsp salt

-1 tsp pepper

-1 tbsp canola or olive oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Cut washed potatoes into long strips, taking care to leave off ends.
  3. Mix  oil with salt, pepper and Old Bay Seasoning.
  4. Distribute mixture evenly on fries before placing on a baking sheet and into the oven.
  5. Cook for 35 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  6. Let cool and enjoy.

Cheese sauce (optional)

-2/3cup whole milk

-1 tbsp all purpose flour

-1/2 tsp garlic powder

-1/2 tsp onion powder

-1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, whisk the whole milk, flour, garlic powder and onion powder constantly on medium to high heat until mixture becomes thick.
  2. Turn heat to a simmer and mix in shredded cheese, stirring until melted.
  3. Let cool and enjoy for dipping.

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