French Fries, I have a real big crush on you. I love you straight. I love you crinkled. I love you curly. I love you covered in cheese. And chili. And beans.
Are you like me and stock up on certain items but don’t notice until you open your freezer and multiple bags of frozen french fries are staring at you? I’m that way for a few things. When Goya is on sale I think I need 8 cans of hominy or pinto beans (just in case). Pasta, yes, let’s buy 10 boxes. Ketchup, well maybe I will have a cookout, better buy a few bottles. That 20 pound bag of rice is super cheap, what a deal, better buy it. Whenever French Fries are on sale, usually 2 bags for $5, I fall in that category.
A few nights ago I was going through the process of “What to make for dinner”. There were a few rules:
-I wanted french fries.
-I wanted to use up heavy creamy which was close to it’s end date.
-I needed to use some type of garden vegetable.
-I wanted to prepare it quickly. This means frozen french fries.
-I wanted it to be delicious.
So French Fry Casserole was born!
When I took this out of the oven, I pulled back the foil and I wish I had a video to document Matthew’s reaction. It was pure innocent excitement for this casserole. If you like cheese fries (where my cheese fry fans at? holla at me) then you’re going to love this casserole because it’s basically glorified chili cheese fries that we can call dinner and everyone will be ok with it because we added the word casserole to the end. The chili comes from chili beans which I could eat out of the can with a spoon. On top is also a green pepper chopped up, this gives the casserole a great crunch and it just makes me happy to use anything we grow in the garden with french fries.
We ate this casserole as a main dish and it was extra filling. There is no meat in this, but you could add chicken, ground beef, or bacon bits to the top if you choose to.
- 1 bag frozen french fries (use enough to cover the bottom of your pan)
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 can chili beans
- 1 bell pepper - chopped
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Cover the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish with frozen french fries.
- Pour your heavy cream on top.
- Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top.
- Put chili beans and bell peppers on top.
- Cover with foil and poke a fork or knife through the foil 3 times - this helps the steam escape.
- Bake for 1 hour.
- Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes.