Last night as I bit into my first messy forkful of chili cheese fries I mentioned to my husband that "I really love chili cheese fries, they are my favorite!." He reminded me that he already knew this because I used to order them from Sonic often during our courtship. Oh yeah.
These last night though were exceptionally better. They also took nearly a whole days work to prepare.
Mostly because I started by convincing my husband to grind the beef for me while I started baking the buns for the accompanying burger. First though, I carefully peeled, sliced, blanched, fried, and froze the french fries. They spent the day in the deep freeze, an important step in the best french fry recipe ever.
That J. Kenji Lopez-Alt is a food genius. I have known it since I first started noticing his recipes over at Cooks Illustrated. He has sadly left there, but luckily for us he is still developing recipes and writing over at Serious Eats.
The fries once again turned out so perfect (better than McDonald's!!) that it was almost a shame to cover them in chili and cheese, but man it is a glorious combination.
Do you see that glossy, creamy, cheese sauce in my picture? Can you believe that is extra sharp cheddar and not melted velveeta? Love it.
Please go read all of the articles I linked in above, they are fascinating. Then make the recipes and enjoy the outcome.