This recipe is from Simplecomfortfood.com. Blogger Dax Phillips specializes in recipes that are easy to prepare and delicious. If you’ve never made homemade French fries from scratch, this is the recipe to try it for the first time! Nothing compares to homemade fries. Once you try these, you’ll never go back to frozen! Now, we understand that people either love or hate blue cheese, but for those who are fans, these blue cheese sauce is to die for! Creamy, rich, tangy and delicious. If you don’t like blue cheese, you should be able to substitute another cheese like gorgonzola or sharp white cheddar. This comfort food can be enjoyed any time of year and is ideal for a football game party or Super Bowl Sunday event. Check out his site for more amazing comfort food dishes.
Start by cutting your potatoes in half, lengthwise. Then cut them into about 1/2 inch slices, lengthwise. Place them on their side, and slice in 1/2 slices again until you have a french fry cut.
Place your cut french fries into a large bowl of cold water as this will help remove some of the starch as well as prevent the potatoes from turning brown.
To medium size pot, add the canola oil and bring it up to 325 degrees. While the oil preheats, drain the potatoes and lay them out on a towel. Gently pat them to dry as you do not want wet potatoes to go into the hot oil.
When the oil has reached temperature, add a small handful of potatoes to the oil, and cook them for about 4 minutes. After 4 minutes, remove them with a slotted spoon and set them on a paper lined baking sheet to drain any excess oil.
Repeat with remaining potatoes, making sure you bring the oil temperature up to 325 degrees after every batch.
To make the sauce, add the butter to a skillet and let it melt over medium heat. Toss in the shallots and garlic, and give that a good mix. Let this sweat down for about 4 minutes.
Add in the blue cheese, milk, and black pepper. Raise the heat a bit and let this begin to melt down and become nice and bubbly. Stir along the way. Once the sauce thickens, reduce the heat to low, or remove from the heat and set aside.
Once all of your potatoes have cooked, raise the temperature of your oil to 375 degrees.
Again, in small batches, add the precooked potatoes back into the oil, and cooked until golden brown, roughly 4 minutes. Again, remove with your spider, however toss in a paper lined bowl.
Season with salt and pepper. Repeat with remaining potatoes.
After the french fries are complete, it is then time to assemble.
Preheat your oven broiler to 450 degrees.
Add a bundle of french fries to a baking dish. I used my good ‚Äòol cast iron fajita skillet, spoon a bunch of the blue cheese sauce all over the fries, and top with the chopped bacon.
Place under the broiler until the cheese is nice and bubbly, roughly 4-5 minutes.