• Saturday, October 24, 2020

cheese fries recipe

The Bandit's Disco Fries
By , Founder
July 22, 2020

Some people are all about the Wiener’s Circle. Others the famed deep-dish pizza. But any true Chicagoan knows that, indisputably, there is no place in the world that does cheese fries like the Windy City. This is our “healthy” version of what inevitably becomes a late-night eat when in Chicago.  We were inspired by a recent visit to The Bandit, a farm to bar concept in the West Loop, the hottest neighborhood to eat, work (hello Google), live and play.  The West Loop has been gentrifying for the past 25 years but this neighborhood has officially boomed with the building of luxury apartments and the arrival of the Nobu hotel.  The food is pretty posh nowadays, but Bandit keeps it real with their elevated bar food.  In normal, non-pandemic times, they top tater tots with caviar.  Enough said.  

This recipe is unique to others on Galavante as this is the case where buying components pre-made yields the same return on investment as making it from scratch.  So for this recipe, we’re encouraging  you to buy it, not build it.  Of course if you want to handcut your own waffle fries, go for it, but brands like Alexia have organic versions that will save you a ton of time and deep frying in your kitchen.  

Serves 6 as an appetizer 

Chicago Disco Fries


1 bag frozen waffle fries, preferably an organic brand like Alexia
1 jar Siete Queso
8 ounces organic shredded cheddar cheese
3 scallions thinly sliced
Sour cream that is runny, versus thick
Optional:  Shreds of pulled pork 


Bake the waffle fries as instructed, about 20-25 minutes for the full bag until golden brown and crispy.  Reduce heat to 350 degrees farenheit.  

Meanwhile, melt the Siete Queso in a sauce pan and keep warm.  When fries are ready, spread a layer of the Siete queso, about 2 tablespoons of the scallions and a thin layer of the organic cheese on an oven safe serving platter.  Add a single layer of the waffle fries, then repeat layering the queso, scallions and organic shredded cheddar cheese until all your ingredients are all used upm  Make sure you end with a layer of the Siete queso, scallions and shredded cheese.  Pop the platter in the oven on 350 degrees farenheit for about 6 minutes, just until the shredded cheese is barely melted.  Remove from oven and drizzle the sour cream in a ribbon design on top.  Top with the shredded pulled pork and serve immediately.   


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