French fries are frequently cooked twice.

McDonald’s, the world’s largest supplier of French fries, prepares them in a plant where they are parcooked in very hot oil, frozen, and then shipped to McDonald’s locations worldwide.

They’ve been cooked again again.

The number of times a French fry is cooked is one of the many secrets of the flawlessly fried French fry.

The crispy texture on the exterior and tenderness on the inside of a fry can be kept by frying it at least twice. Freezing fries also affects the structure of the potato, producing a fry that is arguably superior to one produced from fresh potatoes.

Frozen supermarket fries are also cooked twice…

First by the company before freezing and again at home by the backyard chef, combining the best of two qualities of good French fries: cooking twice and freezing the product.

To prepare simple grilled cheese fries, get a bag of frozen fries from the freezer area of your grocery store.

This is the beginning of what makes these fries so simple to create.

How to make grilled cheese fries

Preparation

  • For the BBQ, use a mesh grilling pan or a veggie pan.
  • Then, into a bowl, place a dish of fries.
  • Toss with a little vegetable or olive oil. The greater the smoke point of the oil, the better.
  • Allow the fries to sit for a few minutes to allow the oil to seep into the frozen fries.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the condiments and cut the toppings.
  • Preheat the grill to low-medium heat, 350-400 degrees.

Ingredients for One Serving

Increase amounts to prepare larger servings.

  • About 15 – 20 frozen fries (don’t count, just estimate) per person
  • Cooking oil (recommend canola or olive oil)
  • Seasoning salt
  • ¼ cup of grated cheddar or Monterey jack cheese

Optional:

  • Sour cream
  • Ketchup or barbecue sauce
  • Chopped green onions
  • Sliced Anaheim peppers
  • Sliced tomatoes

Procedure

  • Grill the mesh pan or vegetable pan.
  • Remove the fries from the bowl and lay them on the pan using a slotted spoon.
  • Allow any extra oil to drain before adding the fries to the grill. Excess oil from the fries will stream into the grill, causing flare-ups and burning the fries.
  • Allow the fries to cook for around ten minutes over a low burner. While the fries are grilling, use a spatula or a slotted spoon to turn them once or twice.

The cooking time will vary according to the thickness of the fries. The baking or broiling instructions on the package will give the cook an indication of how long to leave the fries on the grill. If there are flare-ups, transfer the pan to another portion of the grill.

Serving

  • To check the doneness of one of the fries, use tongs or a fork.
  • Pour the fries into an oven-safe baking dish. The fries will mash or break off if the chef is too rough with them.
  • Because frozen fries are not always consistent in size, some thinner fries may have burned. Simply toss these away.
  • Season with salt and top with approximately 14 cup shredded cheese.
  • Turn off all except one of the grill burners, which should be set to low.
  • Place the dish with the fries on the opposite side of the flame for two to three minutes to allow the cheese to melt.
  • Keep the lid shut.
  • Remove the dish once the cheese has melted (it will be hot, so take precautions).

Before serving, top the fries with sauces and fresh vegetables.

These simple cheddar fries go well with a meal or as an appetizer.