Loaded Fries

French fries are one of life’s perfect foods. They come in a variety of textures, shapes and are all delicious in their starchy perfection. A couple stand outs from our recent trip to Disneyland were the sidewinder fries from Award Weiners and the Loaded Fries from Hungry Bear Restaurant.

The Loaded Fries were a secret menu item at Hungry Bear for a period but they were granted full menu status. Toppings include cheese sauce, bacon, scallions, and cilantro crema - another Disney eats with a perfect balance of flavors. Seriously, I would have gone back for 2nds and 3rds if we didn’t have other snacks on our list that day.

Hungry Bear also has a delightful watermelon lemonade freeze which paired well with my fries. Adorable whipped cream Mickey on top added a Disney touch but mine was missing the dusting of watermelon sugar.

I whipped up a generous plate of Loaded Fries and split them with my husband once we got home. Loaded Fries can definitely be as low or high maintenance as you have time to dedicate. I made a quick, lightly spiced queso and avocado cilantro crema but melted Velveeta and a store bought dressing like Bolthouse Cilantro Avocado Dressing will do the trick as well.

If you’ve never made a cheese sauce from scratch do not be intimated. Similar to the dipping sauce for my Mickey-shaped Pretzels the queso has a roux base. I used “nacho and taco” flavored shredded cheese as it already contains some spices for a lightly flavored cheese sauce but the recipe below is for regular cheddar cheese with individual spices. Adjust them to your preference! Add ins to this queso include green chilis, garlic, onion, and tomatoes.

The cilantro crema is similarly simple. Mix your preference of sour cream or Greek yogurt with quick dried or fresh cilantro, lime to taste, and avocado for added creaminess. Pulse in a food processor and thin with milk to desired consistency.

Loaded Fries

Yield: 1 large plate


3-4 cups of shoestring french fries, frozen
4 strips of thick cut bacon
2 scallions, diced thin
Cilantro Crema:
1/2 cup of low fat sour cream or Greek yogurt
1/2 ripe avocado, pitted and mashed
1 bunch of fresh cilantro (1/4 cup lightly dried cilantro, 2 tbs dried cilantro)
1 tsp lime juice
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbs butter
2 tbs flour
1 cup whole milk
1 cup shredded cheese
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

1. Bake french fries in oven per package directions or use air fryer.
2. Cook bacon in oven at 400 degrees until desired crispiness, allow to cool on paper towel and crumble.
3. For cilantro creama: add avocado, sour cream/Greek yogurt, cilantro and lime juice to food processor or blender and pulse until smooth. If sauce is too thick add water or milk, 1 tbs at a time until loose enough to drizzle with spoon. Season with salt to taste. Chill until ready to use.
4. For queso: melt butter on small sauce pan over medium-low heat, whisk in flour and cook for 2 min until golden. Slowly add milk, whisking continuously until smooth. Increase temperature until milk thicken slightly and starts to cling to sides of sauce pan. Add cheese 1/2 at a time and whisk until smooth. Add spices and salt to taste.
5. Season fries with salt, drizzle generously with warm queso, chilled cilantro crema, crumbled bacon, and scallions. Enjoy!

What type of fries do you love the most? Chili cheese fries or steak fries with ranch dressing? My hubby also loves parmesan truffle fries like the Pommes Frites served a Cafe Orleans in Liberty Square... Give these a try and let me know if you shared or not!

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