These cheese fries are easy to whip up at home! They’re crispy and smothered in a sumptuous homemade cheese sauce.
- 1 pound frozen french fries or 1 recipe Crispy Baked Fries
- 1 tablespoon flour*
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3/4 cup milk, plus more for thinning
- 6 ounces mild to medium** cheddar cheese, grated (1 1/2 cups)
- 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (or red or white wine vinegar)
- Optional: 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- Finely chopped parsley or chives, for the garnish
- Bake the fries according to the package instructions or the Baked Fries recipe. Once the fries are done, taste and add additional salt as necessary.
- In a small or medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the flour and whisk constantly for 1 minute, until bubbly and golden.
- Add a splash of milk and whisk it in: the sauce will instantly turn chunky. Constantly whisking, continue to add splashes of milk and whisk them in until the entire quantity is incorporated and the sauce is smooth. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, whisking frequently, until very thick and smooth.
- Turn off the heat and stir in the spices. Stir in the cheese 1 handful at a time, only adding more when it has melted. Once you need more temperature to melt the cheese, return heat to low to complete melting. Once fully smooth, it will be thick. Whisk in 2 more tablespoons of milk until it comes to a pourable consistency, then stir in the vinegar (and hot sauce, if using). If the sauce needs to sit until the fries are done, re-heat it on the stovetop and add a little more milk if necessary to make it pourable.
- Place the warm fries on a platter and pour over the warm cheese sauce. Garnish with chopped parsley or chives and serve immediately.
*Leftovers don’t reheat well after refrigeration. Consider making a half recipe if you don’t plan to use the entire 1 cup.
**Don’t use an aged cheddar: the flavor is much too strong.
- Category: Side dish or appetizer
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: Fries
- Diet: Vegetarian
Keywords: Cheese fries