Loaded Fries is pretty much the American name for a hair salon. It starts with fries, on top is meat, a cheese sauce and vegetables on top. In this Caribbean version we use pulled chicken, pineapple, plantain and a tasty spicy cheese sauce.
Of course we also think of the vitamins and there is delicious pickled red cabbage and pointed cabbage on top. What a rainbow of colors! It may not be a healthy dish, but we have kept it a bit 'simpler' than the Americans. And then it might be best…
the deep fryer
You may know: every time someone on social media asked how he / she Johnny Cakes of Pastechi could make without a deep fryer, I said that should never be a problem… after all, we didn't have a deep fryer at home either! Do you believe it yourself? We have been married for 16 years and we have never had one. We always fried all snacks in a small pan with oil. Without exception.
Until... a while ago we bought a nice deep fryer from Maxima Kitchen Equipment got to test out. That made things a lot easier! This deep fryer fits 8 liters of oil and it is equipped with a handy tap with which you can easily empty it. They also have a smaller version that fits 6 liters.
Continue with the loaded fries…
Of course you can vary endlessly with the toppings of these loaded fries. Add minced meat, or vegetarian: scrambled tofu! You can't think of it so crazy, as long as a big spoonful of the cheese sauce goes over it.
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Do you prefer to watch a video instead of reading a recipe? That is allowed! In about 8 minutes we will show you how to make the tastiest Caribbean loaded fries yourself:
This recipe is for 4-6 people.
- 750 gr fries (we used Flemish fries from the freezer)
- oil for frying
- 3 chicken breasts
- 3 bell peppers, preferably in different colors
- 1 onion
- 2 tbsp grill herbs *
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
For the cheese sauce
- 30 gr flour
- 30 gr butter
- 250 ml milk
- 100 g grated mozzarella
- 100 g grated aged cheese
- 2 tl tomato puree
- 1 tsp chili flakes
- salt, pepper and grill herbs * to taste
- 1/4 fresh pineapple
- 1 plantain
- a knob of butter
- 1/3 white cabbage
- 1/3 red cabbage
- 100 ml of vinegar
- 200 ml water
- 2 tsp salt
- 4 tbsp sugar
* The grill herbs are a mixture of 1 tbsp cayenne pepper, 1 tbsp smoked paprika, 1/2 tbsp black pepper, 1 tbsp salt, 2 tsp coriander, 1 tsp cumin and 1 tsp thyme. We keep this in a jar and we always use some of it.
Preparation Caribbean Loaded Fries
We start by making the pulled chicken. To do this, cut the peppers and onion into strips and place them in a large bowl. Cut the chicken breast in half once. Add the olive oil, grill spices* and salt & pepper to taste and mix well.
Then preheat the oven to 160 degrees and line a baking tray with baking paper. Then place the chicken and vegetables in one layer and bake everything for about 45 minutes. After the 45 minutes you can fluff the chicken pieces into threads with the help of 2 forks.
Caramelizing the fruit
When the chicken is in the oven, we continue baking the plantain and pineapple. You can slice both fruits and fry briefly in the butter. Just long enough until they turn a little brown on the outside.
The red cabbage & pointed cabbage
Now you can proceed to pickle the cabbage. Cut the pointed cabbage and red cabbage into gossamer strips and put them both in a separate bowl. Add 50 ml vinegar, 100 ml water, 1 tsp salt and 2 tbsp sugar to each bowl. Stir well afterwards and let the cabbage stand until you serve. You can drain the water just before serving.
Make the spicy cheese sauce
Then we continue to make the spicy cheese sauce. To do this, place a frying pan over medium heat and melt the butter in it. Then add the flour and stir well until the flour is completely dissolved and the mixture is boiling.
Then pour in 250 milk and stir well, until there are no lumps in the sauce. Now add extra grill spices *, chili flakes and possibly some salt to the sauce and stir well. Then the cheese can be added. Stir well again until the cheese has melted and finally add some tomato paste to give the sauce a nice color.
Bake the fries according to the directions on the package. We fried them for about 5 minutes at 180 degrees in the deep-fat fryer. Of course you can also make your own fries and bake them… even better!
Composing the loaded frieze
Now it's finally time to put the dish together! For this you take a large bowl and put the fries on it. Then (a large part of) the chicken and bell pepper can be placed on top and the cheese sauce is added on top. You can add extra grated cheese and put it under the grill for a minute or two. We also did this in the video.
Finish the Caribbean loaded fries with the pieces of pineapple, plantain and the different types of cabbage. - Enjoy your meal!
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