Our cheese buddy, Crave Brothers, got some props for their awesome Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese Curds. They won First Place at the 2020 World Championship Cheese Contest.
Let’s celebrate with this recipe using those winning curds.
4 pounds russet potatoes (skin-on, washed and dried)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup flour
1 shallot (minced)
1 clove garlic (minced)
4 cups beef stock
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon green peppercorns (whole)
1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
ground black pepper
canola oil (for frying)
2 cups Crave Brothers Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese Curds
Cut potatoes into lengths of about 1⁄4" x 1⁄4" x 4". Place in a large bowl, cover with cold water, and refrigerate for about 2 hours.
Meanwhile, heat butter in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Add flour, and cook, stirring, until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add shallot and garlic, and cook, until soft, about 2 minutes. Add stock, ketchup, vinegar, peppercorns, Worcestershire, and salt and pepper, and bring to a boil; cook, stirring, until thickened, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat, and keep gravy warm.
Pour oil to a depth of 3" in a 6-qt. Dutch oven, and heat over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer reads 325°. Drain potatoes, and dry thoroughly with paper towels. Working in small batches, add potatoes and fry, tossing occasionally, until tender and slightly crisp, about 4 minutes.
Drain on paper towels, and let cool for 20 minutes. Increase temperature to medium-high, and heat oil until it reads 375°. Working in small batches, return potatoes to oil, and fry, tossing occasionally, until crisp and golden brown, about 2 minutes. Transfer fries to paper towels to drain briefly, and then divide among serving bowls. Pour gravy over each serving of fries, and top with jalapeno cheese curds; serve immediately.
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