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Crispy Baked Shoestring French Fries with Turmeric Queso

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 4 -6

Ingredients

Turmeric Queso

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 jalapeno pepper finely minced
  • 1 shallot finely minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 8 ounces Kraft Natural Shreds - Cheddar cheese or Kraft Natural Chunk - Cheddar, shredded
  • 8 ounces Kraft Natural Shreds - Monterey Jack cheese or Kraft Natural Chunk - Monterey Jack, shredded
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • salt and black pepper

Crispy Baked Shoestring French Fries

  • 2 large peeled russet potatoes cut into long thin strips
  • nonstick canola oil spray plenty of it
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 pound sweet peppers sliced I used a variety of orange and red
  • 4 ounces Kraft Natural Shreds - Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 green onions sliced (white and green parts)

Instructions

Turmeric Queso

  • In a large saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the pepper and shallot and cook for about 3 minutes. Whisk in the flour, and cook for an additional minute or until the flour is golden.
  • Whisk in the milk in a steady stream. Continue cooking for an additional 5 minutes until thickened.
  • Reduce the heat to low, and add the cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses in small increments until melted and all of the cheese has been added.
  • Whisk in the cream cheese until smooth. Season with the turmeric and a dash of salt and black pepper. Leave the queso over low heat, stirring occasionally until you are ready to serve. Alternatively, you can store the queso in the refrigerator for about 3 days and reheat when you are ready to serve.

Crispy Baked Shoestrong French Fries

  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with foil. Spray the foil heavily with nonstick canola oil spray. Plcae the sliced potatoes on top and season heavily with sea salt and black pepper. Toss. Spray the fries with additional nonstick canola oil spray.
  • Bake the potatoes for about 25 minutes, tossing them halfway through or until crispy and golden. Remove from heat and change the oven setting to a high broil.
  • Top the french fries with sweet pepper, and sprinkle with the Monterey jack cheese. Place the fries back in the oven to let the cheese melt, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and garnish with fresh cilantro and green onions.
  • Serve the crispy baked shoestring french fries with turmeric queso and enjoy!