Baked Cajun Fries with Cheese Sauce

Jan 23, 2020
Cheese fries are one of the most popular American appetizers. Leave it to Joyous Apron to find a way to kick this popular dish up a notch, making it a must-have and absolutely addictive!
Prep time: 5 Minutes   Cooking time: 25 Minutes   Serves: 8  

INGREDIENTS:

For Baked Cajun Fries:
2 Lbs. Frozen Fries
2 Tsp. Tony's No Salt Seasoning Blend
6 Strips Bacon or Bacon Bits
2 Spring Green Onions, Chopped
 
For Cheese Sauce:
2 Tbsp. Butter
2 Tbsp. All-Purpose Flour
1 Cup Whole Milk (More if Needed)
6 Slices Deluxe American Cheese
1 Cup Medium Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
1 Tsp. Tony's No Salt Seasoning Blend

DIRECTIONS:

For Baked Cajun Fries:
1: Preheat oven to bake fries (temperature based on frozen fries package instructions).
2: Put frozen fries in a large bowl and add 2 tsp. Tony's No Salt Seasoning Blend. Toss the fries so they are evenly coated with seasoning.
3: Spread fries onto baking sheet lined with aluminum foil (for easier clean up). Use two baking sheets if needed so fries don't overlap or overcrowd.
4: Bake according to package instructions. Remove fries from oven once they are crispy (see Note).
 
For Bacon:
1: When fries are baking in the oven, cut bacon into smaller pieces and pan fry until bacon pieces are crispy. Once done, remove from skillet, soak up excess grease with paper towel and set bacon aside. If you are in a hurry, feel free to use bacon bits instead.
 
For Cheese Sauce:
1: When fries are in the oven, heat a small pot on medium heat. Melt butter and add all-purpose flour. Whisk the mixture, then almost immediately add whole milk.
2: Bring mixture to a boil while continuing to whisk it until there are no lumps. Add American cheese, shredded medium cheddar cheese and 1 tsp. of Tony's No Salt Seasoning Blend.
3: Stir to combine until cheese melts and the sauce is smooth. If sauce is too thick, add 1-2 tsp. of whole milk to thin it. Remove from heat promptly.
 
Combine and Serve:
1: Place baked fries on a serving plate and drizzle with cheese sauce.
2: Add chopped green onions and bacon. Serve and enjoy!
 
Note:
Many frozen fries take longer to crisp than the suggested bake time on the package. Check fries for crispness at the suggested bake time and bake longer if needed.

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