Frankenfries: Bringing dead french fries to life


Leftover french fries from a restaurant are pretty much horrific from the fridge the next day, and a blitz in the microwave does little to restore them to their former glory. Because of this, I usually never take fries in my to-go package if I have leftovers when I'm out to eat.

That has changed. 

While I would never go to the trouble of crisping up leftover fries in a pan on the stove top as a side to a meal, I will use them as a potato element in an omelet or frittata. I try to only use thicker cut fries though, so that the inside doesn't dryout and harden during the crisping process that gives them a culinary after-life.

A second fry in a little oil, as well as adding other flavor elements, helps to mask the leftover flavors that inevitably permeate the once decadent crispy spuds after a night in the tundra of the fridge. The heavy seasoning on the majority of restaurant fries is also a bonus when added to the mix. 

For this recipe, I surround day-old french fries with the elements commonly found on loaded potatoes - onion, bacon and cheese - and bind them all together with eggs. The result is a tasty treat that will have you feeling like Victor Frankenstein after just bringing new life to the dead and cold leftovers of yesterday's french fries.

Eat well, cook often


Serves 4; 30 minutes 

4 strips Bacon diced
1 C Leftover French Fries diced
8 Eggs whisked
1 Green Onion sliced
1/2 C Cheddar Cheese shredded

Saute Bacon; Crisp Fries
Preheat broiler.
In an oven-safe skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove to a bowl. Add french fries and cook until crisp and golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes.

Add Eggs; Finish
Pour eggs into pan, sprinkle in cheese, green onion and reserved bacon. Cook until bottom is set, 4 minutes. Place skillet under broiler and cook until top is set and frittata is cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from broiler, slice and serve.                                    

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