French Fries are perfection. A plate of crispy, golden brown goodness and the perfect comfort food vehicle on which to build upon to your heart's delight. Top those fries with lobster, bacon, and cheese sauce and you've just entered another stratosphere of deliciousness.
Super Cheesy Bacon and Lobster Fries
Makes 4 to 6 servings
- 2 pounds medium russet potatoes, rinsed and scrubbed
- Canola oil, for frying
- 1 pound cooked lobster, claws and tails
- 6 rashers of thick-cut smoked bacon
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 green onions, finely sliced
For Cheese Sauce
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 4 ounces aged cheddar cheese, grated
- 4 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Cut the potatoes into matchsticks and place them in a large bowl. Cover the fries with cold water, and leave them to soak for 1 hour. Drain and dry completely.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and add the bacon in a single layer. Baste the tops of the bacon with maple syrup. Bake, turning halfway through, for 25 to 30 minutes, until crispy and golden brown. When the bacon is cool enough, cut into half-inch bacon bits and set aside.
Heat 3-inches of canola oil in a heavy bottomed pot (or Dutch oven) to 325 degrees. Working in batches, fry the potatoes for 5 minutes, until they just start to turn brown and crisp. Remove and carry on with the remaining fries. Drain excess grease on paper towel.
Heat a 3-quart saucepan over medium-heat, and melt the butter. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, keeping watch so it doesn’t burn. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the milk. While constantly whisking, bring the milk to a simmer and let thicken, 6 to 8 minutes. Turn the heat down to low and add the cheese, a handful at a time, until melted and creamy. Whisk in the cayenne pepper, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
Increase the oil temperature to 375 degrees F. Again working in batches, fry the fries a second time until they are crispy, golden brown perfection (about 2 to 3 minutes per batch). Season with salt to taste.
Build the cheesy fries with a layer of crispy French fries, a layer of cheese sauce, some lobster, a little more cheese sauce, bacon, and green onions.