These dirty fries will rock your world! They’re loaded with homemade gravy, bacon, banana peppers, green onions, tomatoes, parsley and drizzled with mayonnaise. They’re dirty alright, but your belly will thank you!
Dirty Fries, my friends! I came across dirty fries during our travels this summer, in Quebec city to be more specific. While we were in Quebec, I must say we were taken completely over by poutine. Poutine my dears, for my non-Canadian friends, are fries loaded with gravy and cheese curds. I know, heaven on a plate and totally Canadian, it was invented in Quebec in the 1950s if you want to be more exact! And yes, we had lots of poutine while we were there. When in Rome, do as the Romans, right?
However, these dirty fries aren’t really a poutine because the cheese curds are missing. We had dirty fries at a restaurant called Archibald Microbrasserie in Quebec city and fell in love with them immediately. What makes these dirty fries special, you ask? Well to me, it’s the banana peppers and the bacon. I would have never thought to put banana peppers on fries before, but trust me when I say that it works. It just works!
I just knew that when I was going to get home, I was going to have to make my own version of dirty fries, so here you have it my friends! We’re talking fries loaded with gravy, bacon, banana peppers, green onions, tomatoes, parsley and drizzled with mayo. That’s right, mayonnaise! I mean talk about amazing flavors.
Next time you crave fries, and FYI, I’ve always believed that if you really crave something, even after you’ve tried to trick your brain or belly into interrupting your thoughts and nothing works, then by all means, make these fries and get over your craving, they are so worth it! I used a bag of McCain fries this time because I wanted to speed up the process of making this plate of heavenly fries, but by all means peel, cut and fry your own potatoes. I did, however, make my own gravy from scratch, because it is so simple, people!
And finally, YES, you will want to fry your own bacon, none of that fake bacon bits, please. Besides, can you think of a better smell in your house other than frying said bacon? Didn’t think so!
- 1 lb bag potato fries I used McCain, about 1 1/2
- 6 slices bacon chopped and fried
- 1/2 cup banana peppers
- 3 green onions chopped
- 1 medium tomato chopped
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup beef broth low sodium
- salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 450 F degrees.
Place the potato fries in a single layer on a baking sheet, no need to grease the baking sheet. Bake the fries for 15 to 18 minutes or until golden and crispy.
In the meantime, prepare the gravy. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the flour and whisk until it becomes paste and it slightly turns brown. Add the beef broth a little bit at a time, whisking constantly until all the broth has been added. Continue to cook for a another minute or so until the gravy thickens. Season with salt and pepper.
To assemble the fries, place the fries in a plate, drizzle generously with gravy, top with bacon, banana peppers, green onions, tomatoes and parsley, then finish off with a drizzle of mayonnaise.
To thin out the mayonnaise so that you can drizzle it easier, whisk it with a couple tbsp of milk. You can also use the mayonnaise as a dip.
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.