Did you know that today is National French Fry Day!!! Well it is and to celebrate this most fabulous occasion…I decided to share my recipe for Vegetarian Disco Fries! Many of you might be scratching your head saying what are Disco Fries? Well if you are not a native of NJ and the NY area you might not have heard of them…but they are so delicious and they bring me back to my youth! Lots has changed since then and 18 years ago I became a Vegetarian…so no more Diner Disco Fries for me! So what’s a girl to do? Create a recipe for Vegetarians…YAY…you don’t need brown gravy any more…this Mushroom Gravy is even better! Oh…this is not just for Vegetarians…I think just about any one would scoop these up!
No more Diner Disco Fries for me…but there are still tons of things that I can order on that 100 page menu at 3:00 in the morning…so no big deal!
I always enjoyed the cheddar based Disco Fries so that is what I have made…you can use any cheese or cheeses that you would like! Bottom line…they are going to be GOOD!!! It’s a great treat!
Instead of Brown Gravy…I have made a delicious creamy Mushroom Gravy that is so good…you will use it on everything! Then you add a touch of sliced scallions and a bit of fresh parsley and you are good to go!
Let’s make some!
- 4 Portobello Mushrooms sliced and diced or 12 ounces of Cremini Mushrooms sliced and diced
- 1 cup of milk
- 3 cloves of finely grated or chopped garlic
- 6 scallions thinly sliced (reserve some for garnish) use white and green
- ¼ cup of heavy cream
- 1 vegetable bouillon cube
- 1 teaspoon of soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil (for the thickening)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 8 ounces of extra sharp cheddar cheese or any cheese or cheese combination you would like
- ¾ of a cup of milk
- 1 tablespoon of flour
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 4 large Russet Potatoes
- Oil for frying
- Cheese Sauce
- Melt the tablespoon of butter and add the milk.
- Bring the milk mixture to a slow boil...then lower to a simmer.
- Add your cheese and stir to melt completely.
- Mix the tablespoon of flour to the tablespoon of oil and then whisk into the cheese mixture till it thickens which should happen in 1-2 minutes.
- Keep warm and ready to add to your fries.
- Mushroom Gravy
- Heat up your olive oil and add your scallions.
- Saute the scallions for about 2 minutes add your minced garlic and then add your chopped mushrooms.
- Salt the mixture as this will draw the juices out of the mushrooms. Saute for about 5 minutes.
- Add the milk and bring it to a low boil.
- Add the bouillon cube and dissolve into the mixture
- Add the soy sauce
- Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes
- Add your heavy cream
- Then thicken with your flour mixture...the gravy will thicken quickly. If it is too thick...add a little bit of milk.
- Set aside and keep warm for the fries
- French Fries
- Scrub your potatoes (I leave the skin on...but scrub them with a dedicated potato scrubber...love having the little bit of skin on them.
- You are looking to cut them in approximately ¼"-1/3" thick slices and then cut each fry piece the size you would like...try to keep things uniform so they cook at the same rate.
- Once you have all of the fries cut...here's the secret...soak them in water for at least 2 hours and if you have more time...go for 6!
- Time to get them ready...place your potatoes on a baking sheet covered with paper towels and pat them dry. Cook them in smaller batches (for this it would be in three batches) Cook them for about 4 minutes at 350 degrees and then removed them to a paper towel surface...they should be real light in color...they need to sit for 10 minutes and get ready for their second fry which will make them nice and crunchy. Repeat this until all of your fries are ready.
- Now you will fry in batches once again for about 2 minutes each batch till they are nice and crispy.
- Drain each batch and finish them all!
- They are now ready to be assembled.
- Choose your serving bowl and add a little bit of the cheese and mushroom gravy to the bottom
- Then add some fries (about ½ of the batch)
- Add more cheese and mushroom sauce
- Add the rest of the fries and add the remaining cheese and gravy
- You can also do baked french fries
- You follow the general cutting and soaking process
- Then toss the potatoes which have been patted dry in approximately 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
- Spread them out on baking trays...salt and cook for approximately 25 minutes at 425 turning once.
- I know this sounds like a lot but it really goes quickly and you are going to love them...Hey...you can also just open up a bag of pre-made fries!
Sure hope you try these and ENJOY!