Earlier this spring we made a long weekend trip to glenwood springs, co (you can read more about it here) with ryan’s family. We spent the weekend relaxing in one of colorado’s best mountain towns… eating, drinking, playing cards, going for a swim + getting in a lot of much needed r+r.
Well, one of the highlights from the trip was a pre-dinner visit to the co. ranch house. We sat at a table in the front of the restaurant with the late afternoon sun on our backs. As we sipped our drinks, we snacked on some siracha-ranch fries. Upon their arrival to the table, I knew we stumbled upon something great. A heaping pile of fresh-from-the-fryer crispy french fries were tossed in a spicy siracha/buffalo sauce, a drizzle of ranch and some crunchy herbs for freshness. To say we devoured these fries would be an understatement because in a matter of a few minutes, there was nothing to show for besides an empty plate.
Since this wonderful weekend getaway, I have not been able to get these fries out of my mind. So, last weekend I decided to recreate this delicious dish at home, adapting this recipe for inspiration. The end result was again, quickly consumed by ryan + I. We loved the slightly-smoky flavor from the smoked blue cheese crumbles along with the freshness that the chopped cilantro + green onions gave to the fries. This recipe is going to be in heavy rotation this fall during football sunday + for an indulgent weeknight treat.
Recipe: Buffalo Fries
– frozen french fries
– 1 ts cayenne powder
– 1/2 ts cajun seasoning
– 1/3 c franks redhot: buffalo wing sauce
– smoked blue cheese crumbles
– ranch dressing
– freshly chopped green onion + cilantro
– bake fries in a single layer on parchment paper according to package
– when fries are done, toss them with the cayenne, cajun seasoning + buffalo sauce in a large bowl
– make sure you do not add too much sauce at once or fries will get soggy
– place fries on large serving plate + drizzle with ranch
– finish off your fries with crumbled blue cheese, green onions + cilantro