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
- Preheat oven to 410°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- 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.
- 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.
- Arrange fries on baking sheets, and bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until crispy.
- 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.
*Or, if using an air fryer, heat to 400°F, and bake for 15–20 minutes—or until crispy—turning the fries every 5 minutes.
Try out this yummy spin on a classic favorite and let us know what you think on social media using the hashtag #ALMbites.