Indulge with these classic fakeaway Animal Style Fries - sweet sauteed onions, golden oven baked fries with melted American cheese and a classic special sauce what more could one want?
In-N-Out Animal Style fries
Ever visited a state in the USA that has the classic In-N-Out burger place, then you have possibly tried this delicious droolworth hidden menu dish.
It is hugely popular and a great dish for the whole family.
Normally served as a side dish to accompany one of the other great menu items, but so indulgent and delicious can easily be enjoyed just as it is.
This is my own inspired version.
What are Animal Style Fries?
So some of you may be wondering, what exactly are Animal Style Fries? It's kind of like a burger fries but without the burger (unless of course you are enjoying a classic cheeseburger on the side), but then all that is not going to be exactly healthy or calorie friendly.
If you order this from In-N-Out, you can expect their classic golden fries, secret special sauce, deep caramelized sweet onions and melted American cheese. Yes it is the processed sauce, but Animal fries just isn't animal fries without it.
Best Potatoes for Homemade Fries
So what's the best potatoes to use? A flour variety is definitely the option you want to go for. I use russets, which are our main variety here in Canada, it is a variety that makes the perfect chips or fries.
To make the chips you can either just use a sharp knife or one of these handy chip cutters which makes fries effortlessly. I use the smallest blade.
Normally I would parboil if making a chunkier chip, but as these are fries and are pretty thin it's not needed. I just soak them in cold water for 30 minutes instead.
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Making Animal Styles Fries Healthier
This was pretty easy for me. I just made my usual homemade oven fries using some spray oil and my chip cutter to make the fries perfectly formed.
For the sweet caramelized onions, I used my special trick of saute them down with some stock until they get that deep colour. It's a bit of a process, but can't be rushed, otherwise you will end up with burnt bitter onions that will ruin the whole dish.
Lastly was the cheese and then the special sauce which I just used my typical blend of ingredients for a tasty homemade burger sauce. The end result was heavenly.
Can I cook the fries in a air fryer?
Sure, I am sure that will be fine, but for the final result to serve, a big baking tray is best. It can be placed in the middle of the table for everyone to dig in and help themselves.
Cooking times etc may need to be adjusted if you are cooking in a airfryer.
American Cheese on Animal Fries
I know not everyone loves the processed cheese slices, they are certainly not something I eat often, I much prefer some real cheddar or red leicester. But for these it really does create that authentic taste.
However if you really really dislike it, I would swap for some grated red leicester, so you still get that bright orange colour.
Sides for Animal Style Fries
Want to add some veggies as a side to this recipe to get in one of your five-a-day? A big side salad would be a perfect option.
Serve it in the middle of the table along with the animal fries for the family to help themselves.
Crisp lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, peppers, julienned carrot are all great options.
More American Recipes
Love American inspired recipes? Check out some of these:
- BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Bake
- Sloppy Joes (Stove Top and Instant Pot)
- Lighter Big Mac and Fries Fakeaway
- Oven Baked Popcorn Chicken with Dipping Sauce
- Oven Baked KFC Style Chicken (Kentucky Fried Chicken)
- Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwich
- American Style Pancakes
- One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta
- Cheeseburger Quiche
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- 1kg of floury potatoes, (I used russets)
- 1 teaspoon of fine sea salt
- 1 teaspoon of paprika
- 150g of onion, finely diced
- 1 cup (240ml) of vegetable or chicken stock
- 1.5 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar (use a good quality)
- 6 cheese singles (processed cheese) slices -
- cooking oil spray
For the Special sauce
- 4 tablespoons of light mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons of yoghurt
- 1 tablespoon of tomato puree (paste)
- 1.5 tablespoons of very finely diced pickle (gherkin)
- 1 teaspoon of paprika
- pinch of garlic powder
- pinch of onion powder
- Peel potatoes, and then either slice into fries with a sharp knife of use a chip cutter.
- Add the fries to a large bowl and cover completely with cold water and allow to soak for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 220c, fan 200c, 425f or gas mark 7
- Once potatoes have soaked for 30 minutes, drain and completely pat dry with a clean kitchen towel or paper.
- Place back in the bowl, spray with a little cooking oil spray add the paprika and salt and toss to coat.
- Spread out on a large baking tray lined with parchment paper and spray over the top with the cooking oil spray making sure they are not all crammed next to each other or they will not get even goldeness and crispy.
- Bake for approx 45 minutes until golden. (rotate half way through and give another spray of the spray oil)
- While the fries are baking, combine the sauce ingredients and set aside.
- Then spray a frying pan with some cooking oil spray over a medium high heat , Add the finely diced onion and a little bit at a time start adding in some stock, keep doing this process slowly, reduce a little bit of the stock completely before adding some more until all the stock is gone and the onions are lovely and golden and softened. Then add in the balsamic vinegar and cook until it evaporates around the onions, (watch they don't burn). You should then have lovely deep caramelized onions.
- Once fries are ready reduce oven to 180c/ fan 160c, 350f or gas mark 4.
- Break up the processed cheese and scatter this evenly over the fries and then spoon dollops of the onion in between.
- Place back in the oven for just a couple of minutes so the cheese melts slightly around the fries.
- Then scatter dollops of the sauce over the top.
- Serve and enjoy!!
Please see below for recipe values:
This recipe is gluten free, vegetarian friendly (see notes)
- Slimming World: - 6.5 syns per serving
- WW Personal Points: 9+ per serving (add ingredients to your WW diary for points value - as this may vary depending on your personal points zero foods)
- Gluten Free - use gluten free stock
Swap - use some Red Leicester cheese instead of the processed cheese if you prefer as part of your Healthy Extra A and then you can count as 2 syns per serving for the mayonnaise.
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