March 5, 2015

Loaded Cheesy Curly Fries

Around 4 months ago I decided that I was fed up with facebook. I was sick of seeing abandoned and abused puppy photos (which doesn't mean that I don't care). I was sick of the cheesy inspirational quotes, photos of babies of people that I barely know anymore. I tried to delete my account, but it turns out that my flourishing foodie page is tied with my personal page and unless I delete them both, it is impossible. Instead, I decided to unfollow everyone instead of deleting as a friend, because who knows, I may want to get back on the wagon sometime in the future. I've made the mistake of deleting people before, and regretted it afterwords. Now that I follow no-one, even if out-of-habit I log into my account, there is nothing to see. Except for last night. I had insomnia. I decided to log into my account (still a habit that will take a long time to break), and there it was, a single lonely post on my facebook wall. Someone who I had forgot to unfollow. An acquaintance from high school, many moons ago.

I went to highschool in a very small town. There were probably around 400 students. It was a very close knit community. I went through a mildly awkward stage in grade 8/9, teen angst, depression, hating the world. But then it seemed to pass, and I had a pretty good experience from there on. I made a lot of really great friends, had some really good times. By the time I went to university I had the whole partying thing out of my system, and I was able to focus, when it really mattered. Alot of my friends had the opposite experience. By the time they reached university, they had been so cooped up, some barely even taken a sip of alcohol, that by the end of first year half of them made it into the second, and just barely. I'm not sure which scenario is more advantageous: partying too much and doing worse in high school, or party too much and doing worse in university? Either way, all experiences build character.

Back to that facebook post. It was a picture of two kids eating ice cream on a beach, which is irrelevant, but what was more interesting were the people who commented below. After I started clicking on peoples pages, pandoras box opened, and the next thing I knew it was 2 am and I had learned more about the people that I went to high school with, than I ever wanted to know. Girls who I never thought would have kids, now have 4. People who still live in that tiny town, never left, still playing on the same baseball team, with the same people, drinking at the same local bar. People who got married to people I would not have expected. People who got married to their high school boyfriends. People who lost a lot of weight. People who became crazy educated PhD professors, traveling the world studying frogs. People who became teachers and started teaching at our same high school. You probably could have predicted the future path for a few people I knew, but for the majority of people, the path that they have taken in life is so unexpected and in such a good way. Thanks to my insomnia, and my late night stalk-fest, I later spent the whole night in a really crazy and bizarre dream involving a lot of people from high school.

Speaking of high school flash backs, curly fries anyone? I am a sucker for french fries, all shapes and sizes. Especially if you curl them and load them with spices, bake them until slightly crispy but still soft in the center, load them with tomatoes, avocado, cheese, sour cream, hot sauce, sssooo good.  I was inspired to make this recipe after an evening out with some friends, who in my opinion need to step it up because when a girl asks if you want to share some tatchos (tater tot nachos), you say yes, period, because a girl can't be alone in an endeavor like that. At the beginning of the week I had originally planned to recreate those denied tatchos, but then I saw the bag of frozen Arby's curly fries in the frozen aisle (what, you thought I made those fries from scratch?), I knew it was a done deal. I'm not going to lie. I did sit at the counter with a fork and eat 3/4 of these fries by myself once I had finished styling and photographing them, and it was probably one of the best decisions I made this week, except for that fancy expensive Scandinavian jam with raspberries and rhubarb I impulse bought. These loaded fries are everything: savory, crispy, melty, cheese, spicy, heaven. I'm still dreaming about them.




LOADED CHEESY CURLY FRIES 
serves 4

1 lb frozen curly fries
salt to taste
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 avocado, chopped
2 green onions, sliced
1 hot pepper, sliced (optional)
1/3 cup sour cream
hot sauce to taste

Spread the frozen curly fries onto a baking sheet, season with salt, and bake as per package instructions.

Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and bake until melted. A minute or two.

Remove from the oven and cover with chopped tomatoes, avocado, green onions, and hot peppers.

Scoop the sour cream onto the center. Use hot sauce as a garnish. Serve warm.

25 comments:

  1. Ummmm YES. I love these photos. And, after seeing this ... I'm betting I could make curly fries thanks to my spiralizer?!?!?!!? Need to try that one ASAP. Facebook can be such a wormhole. I definitely stick more to Instagram for my mindless internet browsing, but Facebook can be good sometimes for what you mentioned - learning a crap ton about people you kind of forgot about. Ha!

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  2. I was a wild child in high school, too. And looking back, I'm thankful for that. All of my friends were partying what seemed like every night while they were away at college and I was like.. cool guys. REAL COOL. As for french fries, I'm a sucker for them, too. Especially those of the curly variety and I just realized how long it's been since I've had them.. so I'm going to have to change that. Soon. And top them with guac and peppers and tomatoes. And maybe a good drizzle of vinegar.

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  3. OMG, Yes! This is my kind of snack!

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  4. Ooh I love curly fries. Totally love this recipe and with 3 teenagers (well ones only a few months off) living in our house this will go down a storm. It would have never occurred to me so thank you for being creative! Am ordering curly fries with my shopping after I post this comment!!! Sammie http://www.feastingisfun.com

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  5. Sometimes I think frozen fries really do taste better than fresh. Especially after trying In N Out fries. Hope they don't take away my Californian card for saying that O_O

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  6. hi,

    I am a French culinary blogger ( so excuse my English a little awkward ) and I came to see What did our friends across the Atlantic .

    I am delighted by your blog , beautiful pictures and beautiful recipes.

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  7. These photos are amazing, and I'm dying for some of these right now!

    I also get sick of facebook. But it is interesting to be able to palpably see where people end up!

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  8. Curly fries are so dang delicious...but LOADED!?! I love you.

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  9. Curly fries do remind me of high school! Yum...

    And yeah, Facebook, the worst. I deleted mine about six months ago and I'm so glad I did! I didn't have a blog page, though.

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  10. These fries look delicious, Heather! Stunning photos... as always. :D

    And I loved reading about how so many of the people you went to high school with ended up surprising you with their career choices & endeavors. I wonder where my friends will be a decade from now...

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  11. I have done the same thing with my facebook! Its kinda a bummer that you have to keep your personal page, but unfollowing people is for sure the way to go. These pictures are fab, makes me want to reach out and snatch a fry. Yum!

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  12. Yummy! I Iove curly fries!
    Kari
    www.sweetteasweetie.com

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  13. I unfollow all of my family member (and my husband's) on Facebook. Now, its pretty peaceful. :)

    I feel like I should have these fries for my birthday... but only for my birthday. I could stick some candles in them.

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  14. they sure look good!!
    http://bloglairdutemps.blogspot.pt/

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  15. Delicious! I want to eat this right now!

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  16. May I just take a moment to admit my ignorance....Why didn't I know that there were frozen Arby's fries for sale in this world?! Mind. Blown. This weekend, I will find them and I will make these nachos and I will eat them all. (I've had my fair share of tatchos, but I think you may have created something far better!)

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  17. Wow, the memories I have in my brain right now evoked solely by curly fries! Hours spent at bowling alleys and the like. It is funny how a food can create so many fond memories! These look absolutely amazing and the idea of tachos sounds like something I can definitely get on board with!

    Lauren

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  18. These fries look so delicious! I wish I could get my hands on a bag of frozen curly fries soon. I would love to make these!

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  19. You are so smart to unfollow and simplify. I totally hear you. I am obsessed with curly fries and cheese- so this combination looks scrumptious and ideal!

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  20. Yum! I made some home made potato wedges tonight and we topped them with all the delicious stuff you mention here! What a good Saturday night dinner! thank you

    www.honeybourneline.co.uk

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  21. I did something similar with a bag of tater tots and a whole lot of frustration, but when it was over, the mind was clear and my lungs felt capable of drawing breath again. Sometimes these indulgences are the ticket out of swirling rumination and back to the reality of our current 24 hours.

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  22. How can curly fries get any better?!
    Kari
    www.sweetteasweetie.com

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  23. Yes to how you feel about Facebook, half of the people from high school are strangers we once shared the same hallways with and it has been interesting to see how their lives have all unfolded. Anyway, these fries look ah-mazing!!! Perfect toppings too which make me want to go and create these right now.

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  24. This looks amazing!!!
    I really wonder where my classmates will be 10 years from now... :D

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