Game On: Seasoned Curly Fries with Beer Cheese

Whether you are snacking while watching the big game or need a fun appetizer, these Seasoned Curly Fries with Beer Cheese fit the bill.

Seasoned Curly Fries with Beer Cheese Dip by FamilySpice.com

I like football. I really do. When I was a kid, I enjoyed watching the Houston Oilers play with my dad. The Pittsburgh Steelers always crushed our Super Bowl dreams, and we always rallied against the pesky Dallas Cowboys. Today, my boys are also avid football fans, but this year was a little different. We weren’t glued to the tube on Sundays watching all the games. My beloved San Diego Chargers ripped our hearts out and stomped all over them with a season full of threats of leaving San Diego. And it wasn’t like we were losing a stellar team either, with another pathetic season, losing 9 out of 12 games.

Yes, we were one of many families who refused to wear a Charger jersey or t-shirt this past fall. Honestly, it wasn’t the players we were angry at, but the obnoxious owner, Dean Spanos. He jerked the fans’ chain for years, and then to add salt to the wounds he announced that the Chargers AND Raiders will move to Los Angeles to share a stadium? Surprise, surprise when San Diegans replied, “We’ll help ya pack!”

Seasoned Curly Fries with Beer Cheese Dip by FamilySpice.com

And the latest news? Spanos announced this weekend that the Chargers will stay in San Diego… for the 2016 season. So very non-committal. Apparently, he had received a big fat reality check from fellow NFL owners. Like I have any sympathy listening to millionaires bicker about their “problems.”

This season, we have had Charger players tweeting and lecturing fans to fill up the stadium and support the team. We have had fans tweeting back to the players to win a game for a change. Luckily, our QB, Phillip Rivers, is a class act. My boys wear his jersey proudly.

Seasoned Curly Fries with Beer Cheese Dip by FamilySpice.com

Seasoned Curly Fries with Beer Cheese Dip – shot on iPhone 6 plus, edited with Snapseed

Will I be watching the Super Bowl next week? Heck yeah! I’ve missed watching football this year, but I especially miss the munchies. So, I’m returning to the game with these seasoned curly fries.

Awhile back I made some zucchini noodles with my little spiralizer. It did the job well-enough. But I quickly found the small device to be limiting. I finally broke down and bought this big spiralizer.

I must admit, it’s super easy to use and clean. There are even more cutting options, like making this tight curling potatoes. It’s actually easier to clean the big spiralizer than the little one – the veggie pieces would get lodged in small blades of the small spiralizer and because of the cone shape, it was difficult to clean out without cutting yourself. The big spiralizer is super easy to disassemble and wash – all done in a few short minutes.

Seasoned Curly Fries with Beer Cheese Dip by FamilySpice.com

So, I made curly fries. And beer cheese. Curly fries need the beer cheese dipping sauce. You can use non-alcoholic beer if you don’t drink, or just milk and cream for the cheddar dip.

Seasoned Curly Fries with Beer Cheese

Whether you are snacking while watching the big game or need a fun appetizer, these curly fries fit the bill. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice

Ingredients:

  • 1 qt extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 lb russet potatoes
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 TBS butter, unsalted
  • 2 TBS all-purpose flour
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 cup milk, whole
  • 1 cup beer
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg, ground

Directions:

  1. Heat in a 5-quart Dutch oven until it reaches 320ºF:
    • 1 qt extra virgin olive oil
  2. Peel and rinse clean:
    • 2 lb russet potatoes
  3. Using a sprializer of your choice, follow the manufacturer's directions and spiral cut the potatoes. cut the strings to desired length and set aside.
  4. Use a paper towels to remove excess water from potatoes and being frying them in batches.
  5. Drain on a cooling rack set over a baking sheet and season with:
    • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
    • 1/2 tsp paprika
    • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp onion powder
    • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  6. Keep fries warm in oven set at 200ºF and begin making the beer cheese dip.
  7. In a nonstick saucepan, on medium-high heat melt:
    • 1 TBS butter, unsalted
  8. Stir in:
    • 2 TBS all-purpose flour
    • 1 garlic clove , crushed
  9. Cook for a minute without burning the garlic, then slowly whisk in:
    • 1 cup milk, whole
  10. Continue whisking until flour mixture is incorporated in the milk and the sauce starts to thicken and stir in:
    • 1 cup beer
  11. Once beer is incorporated, slowly whisk in batches:
    • 8 oz cheddar cheese , shredded
  12. Continue whisking until cheese is melted, then add:
    • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
    • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
    • 1/8 tsp nutmeg, ground
  13. Serve curly fries with the beer dip and enjoy!

Prep Time:

Yield: Serves 6

Cook Time:

And, why not, Go Chargers! At least for one more year…

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Special thanks to Cabot Creamery for sending me yummy cheese samples. I used their Farmhouse Reserve White Cheddar Cheese for the dip. I was not compensated to write this post.

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8 Responses to Game On: Seasoned Curly Fries with Beer Cheese

  1. Ty at #

    Am I missing something here…..? Beer is not listed in the ingredients…….so how much beer
    Is used? Recipe looks awesome!

    • Thanks for the catch. Somehow it was left off. It’s back in. Add 1 cup of beer after you add the milk.

  2. Ahu at #

    I can’t say I like football but I definitely like this recipe! Looks great 🙂

  3. I’m the only one in the universe without a spiralizer! WAAAAAH!

  4. I LOVE curly fries! The best way ever to eat a potato. I guess I’m with Dorothy, I must be the only one in the world without a spiralizer!

  5. These look impressive! I love any kind of fries, so I’m in!

  6. Curly fries are my absolute favourite, but I’ve never made them myself! These look awesome!! I neeeeed to make them ASAP! 🙂

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