Loaded Cajun Spiced Fries

Put simply, these are absolutely delicious. I’ve always loved loaded fries, and who wouldn’t want the added heat of Cajun spices, crumbly sausage and bacon, and of course, a tonne of gooey melted cheese. I mean, this is trash food at it’s best and they are SO easy to make.

I use the same spice mix here as I do for my popcorn prawn recipe – in fact the two dishes together would make a truly excellent fakeaway meal! I’ve made homemade chips here and cooked them in the oven, but if you wanted a quicker route, you could easily just use frozen chips, it’s totally up to you. Cannot WAIT to see your creations of this one – remember to tag me in your photos @theglasgowdiet on Instagram!

Loaded Cajun Spiced Fries

Ingredients (serves two)
2 tbsp rapeseed oil
500g potatoes, peeled
2 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
1 tbsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp salt
3 sausages (I used ones from Donald Butcher)
2-3 rashers bacon, roughly chopped
50g extra mature cheddar, grated
50g Mexicana Original Hot Cheddar, grated (if you can’t find this, just use more cheddar instead)
A couple of spring onions, roughly chopped, to serve

1. Preheat your oven to 200c fan. Mix the paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, thyme, cayenne and salt together in a bowl and stir to combine. Cut your potatoes into fries and place on a baking tray with 2 teaspoons of the spice mix and a tablespoon of rapeseed oil. Toss to make sure all the fries are evenly coated, then bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden, turning them half-way through.
2. Meanwhile, heat the other tablespoon of oil in a large, non-stick pan over a medium-high heat. Remove the sausages from their casings and put the sausage meat into the pan, breaking it up with a spoon, along with 2 tsp of the spice mix. Cook until beginning to crisp, then add the chopped bacon and cook for a few minutes more.
3. Put the cooked chips into a serving bowl or plate, then top them with the sausage and bacon mix. Scatter over the grated cheeses, and return to the oven for a couple of minutes to allow the cheese to melt.
4. Serve with the spring onions scattered over, dig into the spicy, cheesy goodness and ENJOY!

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