Simple Kid-Friendly Recipes for Leftover French Fries
What to Do with Leftover French Fries
Have you ever tried to reheat soggy fries or rehabilitate ones that became tough as nails from their overnight stay in the fridge? Then you know that it is really an impossible task. However, I cannot stand waste and, so, I keep insisting my family bring home a doggie bag if we have leftovers when we eat out - yes, even french fries - and that (plus, being a single mom trying to feed finicky kids quickly and nutritiously) has done nothing less than inspire me in the kitchen. Here I offer two very quick, simple (and kid-tested!) recipes to serve as a base for your own inspiration.
Leftover French Fry Frittata
A frittata is an Italian omelette, although it is really much more like a scrambled egg cake or pie. You need to have a plate - roughly the same size as your frying pan - ready to flip the frittata in order to cook the underside. Frittate are excellent for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. In fact, in both France and Italy these egg dishes are more likely to be eaten at lunch or as a light supper.
- 2 eggs, beaten till foamy
- about 20 or more leftover french fries
- 2 slices deli meat (ham, roast beef, etc.), thinly sliced and diced
- salt, pepper, ketchup, mustard, to taste
- cooking spray
- Beat the two eggs with a fork (or whip with a whisk) until foamy.
- Coat bottom of frying pan evenly with cooking spray.
- Heat frying pan over medium-low heat.
- Pour beaten eggs into frying pan.
- Set heat to low.
- When eggs begin to set (but are still wet-looking), add sliced ham or deli meat.
- Add the fries.
- When the frittata is a little more set, take a plate that is the same size as your frying pan, and flip the frittata into it.
- Slip the frittata back into the frying pan so that the bottom can cook.
- Fry an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
- Serve warm with your condiments of choice (ketchup, mustard, pickles, mayonnaise).
Variations and Additions for Leftover French Fry Frittata
The recipe above is great all by itself, or you can use it as a base for adding your own special touch to it. Try adding caramelized onions (about half a Vidalia or Spanish onion, chopped, diced and slowly sauteed until caramelized), green or other sweet pepper, jalapeños, carrots, tuna or other leftover meat or fish...your imagination is the only limit!
Mock Shepherd's Pie or Shepherd's Pie Cockaigne
There is nothing like a French name to make almost any dish more intriguing to kids, so, although I also call this dish that I created "Mock Shepherd's Pie," I sometimes call it "cockaigne," because the fresh, velvety béchamel sauce really does make this taste luxurious! At any rate, this is really a mash-up of leftover fries and broccoli thrown into a tall cake pan, bound together with a freshly-made béchamel sauce, topped with grated parmesan cheese and baked for 15-20 mins. Again, use this as a base for your own limitless culinary imagination!