Sunday, January 5, 2014

Vegan Chili Cheese Fries


Please just take a look at those fries and appreciate their golden beauty.
Homemade fries are like no other!! I thought frozen store bought fries were just as good but wow was I wrong! I crave homemade fries daily now. We've made our own fries before but this time we got it right....
so right.


This dish was inspired by a local vegan restaurant Hogtown Vegan as well as by our Vegan Fries Supreme. When we shared a basket of chili cheese fries at Hogtown are minds were blown. It was so flavourful. And the fries? Amazing!! 
We knew this time we had to try our hand at making our own fries.


Vegan Chili Cheeze Fries
Ingredients 
4 golden flesh potatoes 
3 green onions
4tbsp + 1 tbsp olive oil 
sea salt and pepper 
1 can black beans
1/4 cup salsa
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp smoky paprika 
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp chili powder 
1/4 tsp chipotle powder
1/2 cup Daiya Pepper Jack cheese shreds
1/4 cup Tofutti Sour Cream (non-hydrogenated variety) 
2 tbsp Valentina sauce
1/2 lime worth of juice
Guacamole - store bought is okay or mash an avocado with a little bit of onion, salt, and pepper 

Directions
Preheat oven to 475 F. Scrub potatoes clean, we're keeping that skin on folks! Use the thick julienne option on a mandolin or cut into matchsticks manually. Put potatoes in a large pot and fill with water so that the potatoes are covered. Place over high heat and watch carefully because once the water starts boiling you'll want to remove them from the heat. Strain the potatoes and pat dry with a clean towel. When the potatoes are dry (or as good as they're going to get) put them in a large bowl or back in the pot (as long as it's dry) and coat with 4 tbsp of olive oil plus sea salt and pepper, to taste. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay the potatoes in a thin layer - no overlapping allowed. Bake until golden and delicious looking, roughly 20-25 mins. 

While the potatoes are becoming fries, strain and rinse the black beans. Add 1 tbsp olive oil to a pan over med-low heat, once it's hot add the beans. Add the salsa and spices and mash everything together.

Slice the green onion thinly. Mix the sour cream, Valentina sauce, and lime juice together in a small bowl. 

When the fries are done place them in an oven safe dish and sprinkle the cheeze over top. Place in the oven on broil until the cheese gets a bit melty - not too long so keep an eye on them.

Then build your chili cheeze fries with beans, guac, the sour cream sauce, and garnish with green onions. Add a squirt of lime juice as a finishing touch if you'd like :)

Dig in and enjoy!!!!

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