July 13 was National French Fry Day. A holiday I certainly enjoy celebrating. It’s a great day to eat French fries and not feel guilty. It is reported that Americans on average consume from 16-20 pounds of French fries per year. GASP!! Really not that much considering a side of fries is around 1/2 lb, well at least from my favorite place, www.jazzdaddys.com (side note, if you have never tried their Jazz Daddy Special, worth the drive from anywhere!) So for all the French fries consumed, think about how many are left behind or wasted. Cold French fries aren’t any good…or are they?
To kick off National French Fry day I presented 4 Ways to Use Cold Leftover French Fries on my monthly morning news segment. When it comes to using cold French fries, your two best allies are a mini food processor and an old-fashioned box grater.
1. Coating for chicken, fish, or pork chops: Put fries into mini food processor to make crumbs and use as you would bread crumbs. (I made chicken tenders in the above picture-Bake 375 for 15 minutes) Remember Taters To Go Please? I used the potato crumbs on fish. It was one of my first few blog posts where I confessed my true love?!
2. German Style Potato Pancake: Make a meal for yourself! Grate leftover French fries using the large holes of a box grater. Add 1 beaten egg to 1 cup potatoes & 1 TBSP (or two) of shredded cheese, 1 tsp favorite seasoning, and/or a little minced onion. Press mixture into hot iron skillet coated with olive oil. Cook until crispy around edges. Use plate to invert. Put other side down & cook until brown. Top with choice of toppings: Sunny side up eggs for breakfast. Sour cream & chives for a quick lunch. Chili & cheese for dinner! Get creative!
3. Crispy bits: The crispy bits are my favorite part of eating French fries-those crispy, crunchy bits usually found at the bottom of an order of fries.
Use the mini food processor to process fries into crumbs. Spread crumbs onto a parchment lined sheet pan. Spray with non-stick spray or olive oil. Bake 350* for 15 minutes. Use crispy bits to add crunch to steamed vegetables, like green beans and broccoli or use crispy bits as a substitute topping on your favorite casserole.
4. Cheese Fry Wafers: This recipe came out of my admiration for cheese fries (and my cheese fry craving). Yes, I could have just added cheese to cold French fries and broiled into a dreamy cheesy combination, but then I would have eaten the whole thing in one sitting. Making cheese fry wafers allows me to satisfy my cheese fry craving a few times and share them with my hubby, for he would never eat a cheese fry, but loves these. They are just like a cheese straws only made with French fry crumbs from the processor along with butter, flour, and cheese for the dough.Put your TO COOK IS TO CREATE thinking cap on: What other toppings would be good on the German style potato pancake? Applesauce is a traditional choice. How about a hamburger steak? Think about what toppings you enjoy on potatoes. How could different spices change each Makeover My Leftover potato dish. For instance, how about making pancake into an Italian dish-add Italian seasonings or basil, mozzarella and parmesan cheese, sun-dried tomatoes? Bacon lover? Cooked crumbled bacon can be added to the German style potato pancakes AND the cheese fry wafers! Think about using cold French fries in any of your favorite potato recipes. FOOD FUN: To honor the French fry and have a little fun, enjoy this kids song, a French fry love song and sing-along! Two minutes sure to bring a smile or two-just like French fries! “I Love French Fries” written and sung by Chuck, Katelyn and Billy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA4vZBtuxPQ