Fries may be a summer favorite for many, but they can be equally enjoyed throughout the winter, too! A little crab seasoning and a lot of flavor make this crispy appetizer one you can’t beat.

The East Coast (specifically Pennsylvania and Maryland) may be more familiar with the crab seasoning that is a common pairing with this boardwalk treat, but others may be scratching their heads at this addition. Crab fries originated in 1977 at Chickie’s & Pete’s—a Philadelphia and New Jersey fan-favorite restaurant. This chain also made these fries a staple for sports game attendees, which makes our rendition perfect for a NFL championship party!

 

Ingredients: for the fries

Ingredients: for the cheese sauce

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 410°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Peel and cut the potatoes into equal size strips—thickness to your liking. Soak the strips in a bowl of water for a few hours, or overnight for best results. The longer you soak them, the crispier they will be once baked.
  3. Remove potatoes from water and dry them off with a paper towel until all the water is removed. Toss in a bowl with olive oil and old bay seasoning.
  4. Arrange fries on baking sheets, and bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until crispy.
  5. To make the cheese sauce, add the cheese, milk, and water to a saucepan on medium-high heat, and melt until mixture is smooth. Serve immediately.

Try out this yummy spin on a classic favorite and let us know what you think on social media using the hashtag #ALMbites.