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!