Disclaimer – this recipe and the process of making it are a lot of fun. Set aside an hour, put on your favourite music, fix yourself a drink. Enjoy the process of cooking and eating and I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did.
We were driving away for the weekend and myself and Jodi discussed what to cook, on what has become known as “Treat Saturday”.
The premise being to eat relatively healthy all week and then on Saturday, throw caution to wind and have some fun. In fact, the fun food aspect was the inspiration behind this blog. Cook with your heart, enjoy the process and all of its delights and then revel in the end product.
Needless to say, Jodi had a glint in her eye before she uttered the magic words “dirty fries”. I nodded with a smile, as a child would when a parent suggests ice cream.
It then dawned on me that this is something I had never cooked before, and after some careful thought; settled on a tantalising recipe; working out how to make dirty fries. Then settling on the basis of using three different types of cheese.
I love the concept of multiple cheeses, purely because it’s devilish and sits superbly with a treat Saturday. Then I thought of how well nachos are smothered and the rest of the recipe practically wrote itself:
Dirty Fries Ingredients
✓ Chips or Fries (300g)
✓ Garlic and Herb Seasoning (1 tablespoon)
✓ Monterey Jack Cheese (125g)
✓ Medium Cheddar Cheese (125g)
✓ Buffalo mozzarella (1 ball)
✓ Jalapeños (handful)
✓ Bacon (4 rashers)
✓ BBQ sauce (4 tablespoons)
✓ 3 x Spring onions
✓ Sour cream to serve (1 Tablespoon)
✓ Sirloin Steak
✓ 2 x Free Range Eggs
✓ Garlic and Herb Seasoning
✓ Olive Oil (good glug)
✓ Salt and Pepper
The above recipe includes a sirloin steak and a fried egg. A simple and superb combination to sit next to our dirty fries.
Buffalo Mozzarella has caught me out over the years, leaking water into recipes, acting as a kind of a saboteur of sorts. So beforehand, drain of fluid, wrap in a couple of layers of paper towel and place in a colander – on a plate or bowl. Place something heavy on the top and leave for half an hour or so.
Then it’s time to start chopping. Finely slice the spring onions and chives. Cut the Monterey Jack into cubes and grate the cheddar.
Put the chips in the oven to cook and slice the bacon into thick chunks so it retains its form in the mix.
Once the chips are two thirds cooked take them out and add the bacon and throw back in the over for 10 mins. Then take out and add the seasoning and toss it all together. Then add half the BBQ Sauce. It’s then time for the cheeses – ripping the Mozzarella into smaller chunks and spreading over the chips and bacon; followed by the Cheddar and then the Jack – spread evenly.
Then drizzle the remaining BBQ Sauce, add the Jalapeños, spring onions and chives and put back in the oven on a low heat until the steaks are done.
Season the steak well on both sides with salt and pepper, put a dry pan on the heat and get it smoking hot. Add the oil to the pan and then the steaks frying for approximately 2.5 minutes on each side and then turn on each side for a minute more and rest. This is to get Sirloin steaks medium rare, to caramelise the fats and leave you with a juicy pink middle.
I used to have all of my steak rare, but now tweak this based on the cut of meat. For sirloin, it has to be medium rare. It works so well with the cut.
Turn the heat off the pan and crack two eggs in and let them cook while you get your Dirty fries out of the oven.
Place them on the table and let your guests help themselves, add the egg(s) to the plate with the steak. Table the sour cream to add as required.
After The Meal
I really loved cooking this dish, I think that the blend of the three cheeses worked beautifully together. The cool creamy mozzarella blends beautifully with the middle of the road taste and texture of the Jack and then the richness of the cheddar. It’s nice to get all of the ingredients together and then throw them on the chips.
Make dirty fries as something a little different for a bbq. Or just to treat yourself as required.
Watch On You Tube
To watch a video of this dish being made, please check out our vlog