Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Chilli Cheese Fries

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CUT ABOVE THE REST

Who doesn't love French fries? FairPrice Crinkle or Straight Cut Fries always hit the spot


ANNETTE TAN, food@newstoday.com.sg


I've never met a person who doesn't like French fries.

And to be quite honest, it is not difficult to see why. After all, French fries are the epitome of happy food - crispy, crunchy, soft on the inside, slightly salty and divine when enjoyed hot. How joyful and simple could food possibly get?

Granted, French fries aren't exactly artery- or waistline-friendly. But the occasional indulgence doesn't hurt, surely.

FairPrice's 1kg bags of Crinkle or Straight Cut French Fries are the perfect family treat. Made in New Zealand from premium grade potatoes, they are certified Halal and trans fat-free, with no colourings or preservatives, flavourings or salt added.

Because of their excellent quality, they taste good and fry to a lovely crisp.

I'm often happy to simply give my French fries a sprinkling of good sea salt and a side of mayonnaise. But this recipe for chilli cheese fries is always a winner. Whenever I serve it, it gets polished off in no time.

Try it at your next party and watch the compliments come rolling in.





FairPrice Crinkle or Straight Cut Fries ($3.45 per 1kg packet) are available from all FairPrice supermarkets.







Chilli Cheese Fries

Serves 4


  • 250g FairPrice Crinkle or Straight Cut Fries

  • FairPrice vegetable oil for deep-frying

  • 3 tbsp FairPrice olive oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 200g minced beef

  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 1/2 cans chopped tomatoes

  • 2 tbsp chilli powder

  • 1/3 cup kidney beans

  • 1 tbsp paprika

  • 1 tsp FairPrice fine salt

  • 1 tsp FairPrice fine or coarse sugar

  • 1/3 cup Salsa Con Quesos (Mexican cheese dip, available bottled)


  1. Heat oil in a deep-fryer. Test for the right temperature with a small piece of bread. Once it hits the oil, it should bubble and float to the top immediately, indicating that the oil is hot enough. Put the fries in and fry till golden, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. To make the chilli, heat olive oil in a pan and fry garlic until fragrant but not browned.
  3. Add beef and stir-fry for 3 minutes, then add Worcestershire sauce and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  4. Add chopped tomatoes, chilli powder, kidney beans, paprika, salt and sugar. Stir to mix well.
  5. Cook over a medium heat for 20 minutes until the sauce thickens and dries up slightly.
  6. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  7. Place fries on a plate and top with the chilli. Then pour over the salsa con quesos and serve immediately.


From TODAY, Makan – Thursday, 09-Jul-2009


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