By Shannon Deady
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.
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
-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
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Cut washed potatoes into long strips, taking care to leave off ends.
- Mix oil with salt, pepper and Old Bay Seasoning.
- Distribute mixture evenly on fries before placing on a baking sheet and into the oven.
- Cook for 35 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
- 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
- In a saucepan, whisk the whole milk, flour, garlic powder and onion powder constantly on medium to high heat until mixture becomes thick.
- Turn heat to a simmer and mix in shredded cheese, stirring until melted.
- Let cool and enjoy for dipping.