I am always looking for a good way to work turmeric into a recipe that isn't a golden milk latte. Here the turmeric adds great color and boosts the flavor of the other spices. These heavily spiced Cheese Fries are crispy, cheesy, deliciousness!
While I really can't say that these are healthy or even healthy-ish, they are covered in cheese and bacon after all. You can enjoy them knowing they have an added health benefit of an inflammation reducer, among its many noted benefits.
Crisping the potatoes...
The biggest key to getting crisp potatoes is ensuring that every inch of the surface is coated in spices and oil. Fat helps them brown, and that is where the flavor and texture comes from.
The next key is a HOT oven. I usually cook my potatoes that I want a nice crispy crust on at 475˚F. Also baking them on the bottom rack of the oven will help too, this is where the heat comes from and will give then a nice golden brown color.
Be sure to flip them at least halfway through cooking or every 10 minutes or so to keep them oiled and exposing the surface to the hot sheet pan. I like to keep an eye on them and move the middle pieces to the outside edge as they begin to a crisp so I have a nice even browning on all the potatoes. Before cooking above, after cooking below.
I mean, just look at that crisp courtesy of the oil and spices working so harmoniously together. Also, if I am doing this in the summer I 100% do it in my toaster oven so that I don't have to heat up the entire house, cause in Texas that is a BIG no, no!
I don't own an air fryer, but I bet you could also crisp these potato wedges in there. If you give it a try be sure to let me know how it went in the comments below.
The cheese sauce...
This is a great basic cheese sauce that you can really throw together with any kind of cheese you like. I used white cheddar because that is what I had on hand, but feel free to break out your favorite flavor!
The steeping of the aromatics, in the beginning, helps bring some extra flavor, so if you do go with a mild cheese you will know it still has a lot of flavors. It is a simple little trick that gives it that little extra oomph. Whether you choose to coat, cover, or dunk, this cheese sauce is necessary for many things in life!
It makes a nice big batch, so you'll have it around when you need it.
Assembling your cheese fries...
I like to layer my fries out on a sheet pan for family-style sharing...if you think your gonna share. Because trust, you really won't want to!
Layer your first batch of wedges, top with shredded cheese, cheese sauce, and bacon, then add more wedges repeat and then make it pretty with the addition of some jalapeno pieces or any other wild topping you can dream up.
Some salsa could give them a southwestern flair, or some catsup, mustard, and pickles make them cheeseburger fries! As long as you have crispy fries the possibilities are endless.