Grilled French Fries
Nothing beats a good cheese sauce. Most cheese sauces start with a roux and involve some pretty decent timing and technique. I stumbled across this cheese recipe that uses evaporated milk to create a nice creamy cheese sauce that is absolutely simple to make. This is close to the kind of cheese sauce you get at stadiums with an order of nachos. To make it a little more interesting I thought it would be cool to grill the sauce and pair it with grilled French fries. Oh, did I mention that this cheese sauce is made with habanero cheddar cheese!?!? It’s spicy!
The first thing you want to do is prepare the grilled French fries. Simply cut a potato in half and then lay it flat side down. Then slice the potato very thinly as shown in the photo below.
Using some peanut oil lightly brush the potato slices.
Shred 4 oz of habanero cheddar cheese, or any spicy cheddar cheese you can find. If you can’t find habanero cheddar cheese you can always cut up a jalapeno or habanero pepper and mix it in with some cheddar cheese. Toss the cheese in a half tablespoon of corn starch.
Measure 6 oz of evaporated milk and splash in some hot sauce for good measure (a few tablespoons is good).
Prepare your grill for medium heat. You should be able to hold your hand about 1 inch over the grates for 5-6 seconds. Place a saucepan over direct heat and stir.
Carefully lay the French fries directly over the coals. Grab some tongs and stand close because you’ll need to move any fries that start to burn. The thinner you cut the potato the easier it is to burn. However, if you cut a thin potato slice you will have a grilled French fry that tastes more like a French fry rather than a grilled potato wedge. I grilled all of this with the lid mostly open. Stir the cheese, check the fries and turn then as needed. Repeat. I tossed some brats on the grill as well.
Once the fries are crispy and the sauce is smooth you are done!
I had a lot of fun making this. This is a grilling recipe that really lets you tinker with the grill. As long as your heat isn’t too high you can casually turn the fries and stir the sauce and everything will finish at about the same time. This sauce has the consistency of the stadium style nacho cheese but when you use a spicy cheese it goes to a whole new level. Top those grilled French fries with some kosher salt and you are ready to dip those fries right in!
Note: If you follow this recipe as written you will have enough cheese sauce to fill a small bowl. If you are serving more than 2-3 people I suggest doubling this recipe. This recipe is modified from a cheese sauce recipe I found on Pinterest by Serious Eats.