Irish Fries

Day 12 of semi-isolation. We are trying very hard to not go out now. Our pantry and freezer are fairly well stocked. We made a last minute run late last night and found the coveted item – toilet tissue! We had 6 rolls at home but with three women in the house well, that is iffy on how long it will last so we found one of the last 6 packs in the store and picked it up. A few more what I deem luxury items that were not needed but will make life a bit happier for us like roasted red peppers, pesto, gin, and lime tonic. You have to do what you have to do to get through, right?

I still had some corned beef leftover from our St. Patrick’s Day feast so I took that out of the freezer with some frozen French fries. I could easily make fresh fries or sliced potato chips with this but we were going for ease the other night. We were all having a bit of a day struggling with what the long term implications were for each personally. My daughter is looking at not having a graduation ceremony from her college. My son is wondering how this will all play out as he applies for colleges next year (AP testing and SAT testing).  My wife wonders about her job long term – will she be laid off or let go? Me, well I am just wondering if this will ever end and is this our new life?


Yum! Most of my family put sauerkraut and Russian dressing over their fries too but my stomach was a bit off so I went for the more simple cheese and onions with corned beef. I had intended on making beer cheese, which is super simple to make, but even that seemed too difficult last night. Next time.

Add a simple greet salad and this was dinner.

  • Servings: 4-6 extra-large
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 (32 oz) bag, French fries (I prefer shoe string because everything gets coated) – cooked according to package directions
  • 1 (8 oz) block Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1-2 large onions (depends on how much you want on your fries – we love them!), thinly sliced
  • 2+ tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups corned beef, cubed into small pieces (works great for leftovers)
  • 1 (15 oz) bag sauerkraut, drained
  • Russian or Thousand Island Dressing, as desired


  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and stir well. Allow onions to cook down slowly – turn down heat and stir as necessary. They will take 20-30 minutes to begin to brown around the edges. They will be a nice golden color when they are done.
  2. Once fries are cooked to your liking remove pan from oven and turn oven to broil.
  3. Spread fries evenly in the bottom of the pan and sprinkle the cheddar cheese, corned beef, and sauerkraut over the top of the fries.  Return pan to oven for 1-2 minutes until cheese has melted and other ingredients are warm.
  4. Remove pan from oven. Top with onions and dressing as desired. Serve hot.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Erika says:

    It is amazing. You can make something special out of everything!


    1. koolaidmoms says:



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