Vegetarian Loaded Fries

IMG_6270.JPGI don’t know if I should take this as a compliment or not, but Erin always said I would make a great Top Chef contestant.  He claims I can take anything out of the fridge and make a meal with it.

I don’t usually store sea urchins or prickly-pear cacti in my fridge, but I do usually have on hand some basics.

Here I sort of did just that with these “Sweep the Kitchen Nachos” using what I had.  I am not going to lie.  I was planning to have only a few bites of these, but looked down and had scarfed down the whole pan!!!

These would be great for a crowd!  Just double the recipe and serve directly from the pan!

Here’s what I did!

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I preheated my oven to 425 degrees and placed frozen fries closely together on a sheet pan.  I always use my silicone liner for easy cleanup.  I baked according to the directions on package.  I used 2 cups of the fries here.IMG_6236.JPGI chopped 2 cups fresh spinach. I placed in a microwave safe bowl.  I put 1 teaspoon of water and a pinch of salt over it and microwaved for 1 minute.IMG_6241.JPGIMG_6242.JPG

I then sliced and a zucchini and a yellow squash.  I did the same thing as the spinach but microwaved a little longer, until they were soft.IMG_6245.JPGIMG_6247.JPGI then grated 1/2 cup of cheese.  Here I used Fontina.  You can use any cheese you have on hand.IMG_6248.JPGI then “pickled” some jalapeño slices by add apple cider vinegar to them and microwaving until soft.IMG_6250.JPGI then placed the spinach, squashes, and cheese all over the fries.  I returned them to the oven and baked until everything was all “melty.”IMG_6254.JPGIMG_6255.JPGIMG_6258.JPGIMG_6261.JPGI garnished with jalapeños, sour cream and chopped chives.IMG_6262.JPGIMG_6264.JPGIMG_6266.JPGSoooo good!!!

Recipe:

2 cups frozen French fries

2 cups chopped, fresh spinach

1 zucchini, halved and sliced

1 yellow squash, halved and sliced

1/2 cup grated cheese of your choice

salt and pepper to taste

For garnish:

pickled jalapenos

chopped chives

sour cream

Bake fries according to package directions.  In a microwave-safe bowl, add a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of water and cook for 1 minute.  Drain water from spinach when cool.  In another microwave-safe bowl, add the squash and zucchini along with a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of water.  Cook for 2-3 minutes, until the vegetables are soft.  Drain when cool.

When fries are done and crispy, salt and pepper to taste.  Layer spinach, squash, zucchini and cheese.  Return to the oven to melt the cheese.

Garnish with sour cream, jalapeños and chives.

Enjoy!IMG_6268.JPG

Bon appetit!

Toodle-oo,

Melanie

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