Leftover French fries make encore appearance
The folks who do research and tracking of such details advise that the average North American will annually eat up to 30 pounds of French fries.
Those fries may come from fast food restaurants, food trucks, country cafes and from the frozen food sections of most grocery stores.
Fries are the popular side dish eaten with hamburgers, chicken fingers, under gravy and cheese curds, even with steak and eggs — fries are welcome anywhere and with almost any food.
But what does one do with the fries that are often left over? Too often they are sent back to the restaurant’s kitchen for disposal or are thrown into the family’s garbage bag.
There’s no need to waste them. They may be re-energized in a variety of ways, with examples provided in this week’s recipes.
Microwaved Extra French Fries
1/2 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 cups left over French fries 1/4 cup diced onion
Chop fries in half and place in a large bowl. Add onions and vegetable oil and toss to coat evenly. Place fries on microwave safe plates that are covered with paper towels.
Heat for 10 minutes in microwave. Spread fries onto a platter and cool 2-3 minutes before serving. Note: heating times may vary depending on microwave. Check frequently to ensure fries do not burn.
Any amount of left over French fries vegetable oil for drizzling salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder to taste
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Cover a baking tray with foil. Spread fries on the tray and drizzle with vegetable oil and season to taste.
Heat for 5-10 minutes. Shake tray occasionally to prevent burning. Serve when fries are crisp.
Hash-Brown Style Skillet Fries
2-3 cups left over fries, diced
1/4 cup diced onions
1/4 cup green pepper, chopped salt, pepper and seasonings to taste shredded cheddar cheese diced bacon pieces olive oil to drizzle
Chop fries into hash brown size. Saute onions and peppers until softened in a non-stick skillet in a drizzle of olive oil. Add diced fries and seasonings. Drizzle with more olive oil. Heat on medium heat, stirring constantly until fries begin to appear crisp. Reduce heat and add bacon pieces and continue heating and stirring. If fries appear dry, drizzle another portion of olive oil. Just before serving, add cheese and stir until cheese melts. Serve while hot.
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