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Let’s hear it for stress eating!

I’ve noticed that when I’m really stressed out, I get cravings for particular foods. It’s not always for “junk food” but, today, it just wasn’t for a nice, big, healthy salad (Yeah. I lied. It’s never for a nice, big, healthy salad…). What I wanted was blue cheese & garlic fries. The more I thought about them, the more determined I was to have them. So, when I was out doing my errands today, I also stopped at the grocery store to get the necessary supplies. I felt like I was on a mission. Or, at least, like I was shopping like my parents were gone for the weekend…

photo-70Blue Cheese & Garlic Fries

  • 1 pkg. Frozen French Fries (I like the Ore Ida “Simply.” They’re still french fries but they make me feel better about gorging on them because they’re “natural”). Of course you could make your own, if you’re into all the peeling and cutting. My craving couldn’t wait that long.
  • Garlic Sauce (see below)
  • 1-2 Tbs. Blue Cheese Crumbles
  • 1-2 Tbs. Bacon Bits (real or imitation, your choice).

      Garlic Sauce:

  • 1 Tbs. Butter
  • 1 Tbs. Minced Garlic (more or less to taste – just make sure everyone eats the fries if you use a lot…)
  • 8 oz. Whipping Cream
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)
  1. Over medium-high heat, melt the butter in a sauce pan.
  2. Add the garlic & sauté until lightly browned.
  3. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and add the whipping cream.
  4. Cook, stirring frequently (this can burn if left alone too long), until the sauce has thickened.
  5. Add salt & pepper to taste.

Assembly:

  1. Cook the bag of french fries according to the package directions (I use the oven-method).
  2. When they’re done, put 1/2 of them, in a single layer on a dinner-sized plate (Of course this is for more than one serving! Y’know, unless no one is there to witness help you eat it. Then it could be just one…)
  3. Pour 1/2 of the garlic sauce over the fries, distributing evenly; add 1/2 of the garlic crumbles; sprinkle on 1/2 of the bacon bits.
  4. Repeat the same steps with the remaining ingredients. (I topped this with a dash of parsley to make it look prettier but, I think, chives would’ve added another layer of flavor. I will do that next time).
  5. Eat (forks are optional, but recommended, if there are other people around besides those who know you really well – and still like you, anyway).
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