A couple of weeks ago, my husband told me that he had a craving for loaded fries. Well wouldn’t you know it, the next day, I was craving them, too! So annoying when that happens, isn’t it? Don’t even mention spaghetti and meatballs, chocolate cake with chocolate icing, or homemade chicken noodle soup within earshot of me, or I won’t stop until I get them. Well, damn--now I’ve done it! Now I need all three! sigh.
Well. Nothing was stopping me, was it? Nope! Soon we both decided to make some, because you know, every once in a while, you’ve gotta have some junk food. Soon, Renee (@RJFlamingo) had joined in, too. I guess we all have to be extra good this week since indulging over the weekend, right? My lunch today? A big bowl of steamed broccoli. But, I just had three Oreos. Kind if cancels it out, doesn't it?
I was racking my brain trying to decide what to top my fries with. I mean, put some loaded fries in front of me? I’ll happily dive right in! But ask me what I’d really like on them? My mind was running in so many directions, and I couldn’t nail one idea down.
Finally, yesterday morning, I’d figured it out. Grilled chicken, bbq sauce, bacon, jalapenos, cheddar, sour cream and green onions. Yeah, baby! The final delicious loaded fries were:
- Crispy fries
- Shredded, grilled chicken tossed with bbq sauce
- Crumbled thick sliced Applewood Smoked Bacon
- Diced jalapenos
- Cabot Horseradish Cheddar
- Sour cream
- Green onions
My husband grilled the chicken in the afternoon, and we had the fries last night. Looking back, I wouldn’t try to make a meal out of them? But cravings make you do weird things.
Anyway! Super easy. Are you ready? This is so (not) complicated, so pay close attention:
Loaded Fries, Elle's Kitchen Style
Your favorite fries (don't have to homemade-I used frozen)
Chicken thighs, grilled w/ bbq sauce, then shredded and tossed with more bbq sauce
BBQ sauce (Trader Joe's Kansas City style)
Bacon (I used a thick cut Applewood Smoked Bacon)
Jalapenos, diced (I used 2)
Cheddar cheese, shredded (I used Cabot Horseradish Cheddar-yum!)
Green onions, sliced
Prepare your fries. Like I said, I used frozen. Get them as crispy as you can so they hold up well to the toppings.
When they're ready, transfer them to a parchment lined baking sheet.
Top with chicken, bacon, jalapenos and shredded cheddar.
Place under the broiler till they're done to your liking. Keep an eye on them-this step is only a couple minutes long!
Serve with sour cream and green onions.
See how easy? Again, this is one of those recipes where you’re only limited by your imagination. Want chili? Go for it! Spiced shrimp? Yeah! Thinly sliced or bite sized chunks of beef? Mmmm! Or go vegetarian!