Thursday, January 31, 2013

Potato Mountain

We all have those foods from our childhood that we look back on and think "holy crap, that stuff was delicious!" (excuse the language)
For me, it was a snack/side dish my parents used to make where they would deep fry some curly fries, top them with cheese as soon as they came out of the fryer, and then we would dip them in ranch dressing. Supposedly the idea came from a dish called Potato Mountain at some restaurant in my hometown that closed down before I was even born.
I decided to take that incredibly delicious snack one step further and turn it into a whole meal! You've heard of Hawaiian Haystacks right? These are like Curly Fry Haystacks. And they are better than Hawaiian Haystacks. Yeah, I said it. BETTER.
The pictures are lacking because, well, this dish is incredibly easy to make!

Potato Mountain

Curly Fries
Optional toppings:
  • Bacon
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream
  • Chili
  • Ranch Dressing
  • More Cheese
  • Chives
  • BBQ Chicken/Pork/Beef
  • Taco Meat
  • Cream Cheese
  • Coleslaw
Seriously, the possibilities are endless.
Do you see this golden deliciousness?
So basically, you take some frozen curly fries and bake them per the bags instructions. I baked mine in a 400 degree oven for 25 minutes.  Once they are done, cover them with cheese and pop em back in the oven just for 2 or 3 minutes, until all the cheese is melted.
Move your fries over to a platter and you can see the mountain beginning to take shape. :D
Serve hot with whatever sides you like! We are a simple folk, so bacon, salsa, chili, sour cream, and Ranch were our toppings of choice. The Ranch didn't make it into the picture. It was on it's way home from the grocery store with my husband while this picture was being taken.

Extra notes: While i've healthified it a bit by avoiding the deep fryer, these are still fairly unhealthy. I mean, heaps of cheese and bacon and chili and ranch? Yeah. not so great. But sometimes you just have to splurge and let yourself go! Also, my husband doesn't talk much. That's just a fact. It can be hard for me to tell what he's really thinking sometimes. However, when he goes back for seconds and completely cleans his plate, that's when I know something is good. THIS is good. :)

1 comment:

  1. It was called Buffalo Ranch and they had bacon on them also. It was an attempt at Sizzler having a different style of restaurant. They had something like 8 or 10 of them only 2 made a profit the one in Las Vegas and the one in Cathedral City.


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