Cook This!

Lose Weight With Our Outrageous Cheese Fries

Going into a restaurant without knowing their nutritional info is like betting on a poker game without looking at your cards.

Cook This!

Lose Weight With Our Outrageous Cheese Fries

Going into a restaurant without knowing their nutritional info is like betting on a poker game without looking at your cards.

You might bluff your way through, but chances are, the pot you’re going home with will be the one in your belly. For example, let’s say you wandered into Outback and—oh my, those cheese fries look good. But do they look 1,930 calories good? That’s the hand you’re dealing yourself. But this easy homebaked cheesefries keeps the calories low by baking the potatoes until crisp, applying just the right amount of cheese, and using a few hunks of crumbled bacon and a handful of pickled jalapeños to give the impression of decadence without the damage. Make this instead of heading to the Outback just once a week, you'll save a staggering total of 84,760 calories and 6,344 grams of fat in a year. That’s enough to save you 24 pounds!

300 calories, 13 g fat (5 g saturated), 310 mg sodium

Ingredients


MAKES 4 SERVINGS

2 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4" fries
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp smoked paprika (optional)
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 cup shredded pepper Jack cheese
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
5 scallions, chopped
Pickled jalapeños or fresh jalapeños, thinly sliced

Cheese Fries

Calories

300

Fat

13 g

Saturated Fat

5 g

Sodium

310 mg

Outback Aussie Cheese Fries

Calories

1,743

Fat

122 g

Saturated Fat

55 g

Sodium

2,479 mg

You save 1,443 calories, 109 grams of fat and a whopping 2,169 mg sodium!

How To Make It


STEP 1

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Toss the potatoes with the olive oil, chili powder, smoked paprika (if using), and salt and pepper.

STEP 2

Spread out on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, until deep brown and crispy on the outside.

STEP 3

Top with the cheese, bacon, and scallions, and return to the oven. Bake until the cheese is fully melted and beginning to brown. Garnish with pickled jalapeños.

HINT

The cut of the fry is critical. Slice off the lengths of the potato to create flat surfaces, then cut the potato into 1/4-inch planks. Stack the planks and cut into 1/4-inch fries.