Cheese fries are a guilty pleasure of Mandi and I but when I try to make them at home they never really stack up. The best cheese fries use that processed nacho cheese sauce that comes out of a pump at a baseball game or movie theater. I saw a recipe for this type of cheese sauce on Serious Eats recently and I put it on my to-cook list immediately. I thought it would be cool to use this sauce on a mac and cheese and top it with french fries, so that's what I did. This is a super indulgent dish of cheese on carbs on cheese on carbs, but hey you gotta splurge once in awhile and this is worth it.
The sauce is way different than my usual roux based mac and cheeses. First you mix some cornstarch into shredded cheese.
Then you pop it into a pot with the rest of the ingredients and cook slow and low until it is all melted and starts to simmer.
Creamy and delicious. You have to make sure to bring this to a simmer or there will be an odd grittiness to it. Once it starts to bubble it smooths out. You also have to stir it constantly so the bottom doesn't burn. Mix in the pasta when it is ready.
Pop it into some baking dishes and top with cooked french fries.
A little cheese on top and throw it under the broiler.
Oh yea, this is good stuff!
I thought I would eat more than one of these pots, but I actually couldn't even get through the whole thing. It's rich!
12 oz evaporated milk
1 pound sharp cheddar
8 oz jack cheese
2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons hot sauce
1 pound pasta
frozen french fries
The cheese sauce is adapted from the serious eats recipe. Grate the cheeses and mix them. Set a handful aside. Mix the cornstarch into the cheese. Put it into a pot with the evap milk, ketchup, and hot sauce. Put onto a medium-low heat and cook while stirring constantly until it comes to a simmer. This took me about 15 minutes. You can't really leave this alone or it will burn on the bottom. Taste and once the sort of sandy-grittiness of the cornstarch cooks out it's ready. Cook the pasta and mix it into the sauce. Cook your french fries. Finally, put your mac and cheese into some baking dishes and top with a handful of fries. Sprinkle on some of the cheese and broil to melt the cheese. Serve!