Monday, February 4, 2013

French Fry Casserole.

Because it sounds WAY more funny if you tack 'Casserole' on it.

So, this is how this happened in my house.

Took the girls to the Union Burger in Penetanguishene. After going ON some weeks ago about how I really don't like going there, taking care of my diet, etc. BUT.. but... a FLYER came in the mail saying kids eat free on weekends buy one adult meal, kid gets theirs free... so I gathered up the ex and off we went. (Yes, this feels sufficiently awkward to write. Yes. What ev's..)

None of us were able to get through our Fries. Those flipping burgers are SO huge. I had a veggie burger, which I hoped would save me some face if I got busted in a burger joint. But that sucker was STILL too much food. FOUR boxes of fries came  home with me. I figured, I PAID FOR 'EM! I'll use them somehow.

In the car, we joked about how to make them edible the day after. And the theory of FRENCH FRY CASSEROLE was born.

French Fry Casserole Recipe

 Grab the leftover bag from the fridge. Hunt around for the PAM spray that you never use, because you didn't buy it and forget that it's there all the time. Hunt for a casserole dish in the cupboards. Wash the pretzel salt out of the casserole dish.

 Spread leftover fries out in the casserole. Realize that you forgot to spray the casserole dish with the PAM even though it's sitting RIGHT THERE. Realize also that you clearly overestimated how many fries were left and you'll have to get a smaller casserole dish.
 Scoop the leftover fries out into the smaller casserole dish. A nice little Corningware dish, a gift for your wedding, long since ended. Think about your ex. Laugh a little because you got to keep the Corningware but didn't have to keep him. Think about marriage and how you should never do that again.

Again, forget to use the Pam spray on the casserole dish. Say "Screw it" to no one in particular. Put Pam back in the cupboard.

Fill a measuring cup to ONE cup of water, and scoop 4 tablespoons of Watkins Turkey gravy mix into it. Think about how you are indeed NOT a vegetarian, but most likely ARE a Hypocritarian, as you've consumed meat twice already this week, and are about to eat turkey gravy. Think about how you ALSO should probably cook the gravy first, but then realize the oven will do that dirty work for you, and it saves you from having to dirty an extra pot.

Pour that shite over your fries till they are about halfway covered. They are pretty dry and are gonna suck that stuff up.

Grate some cheese. We had cheddar in the house, so that's what went on. It was a fairly generous amount.

 Put that baby into Casserole Jail, uncovered.  I put my oven at 325 F. Which for NORMAL ovens, who are not asshats like MY oven, would be about 450. Bake for 20 minutes.  Throw a pot on to boil and fill with frozen broccoli and cauliflower because you're feeling inadequate as a mother.

 Timer goes off. Take another 5 minutes to tear children away from their ipods. Because "Mine Craft, Mom!" Grab your most gnarly-for-photo-shoots but most-favourite-evar oven mitts and rescue that mess from Casserole Jail.

Surprise. That looks SUSPICIOUSLY like POUTINE. Tastes SURPRISINGLY like poutine. 

Second-hand, day old, fast food fries SAVED. 

So, the final results: Both the girls ate it. The fries were revived from drying out a bit in the fridge with all that gravy. It was awesome. And, I'm sure I'll have a new zit tomorrow to prove it. Oh, and the last step was to put the cauliflower and broccoli BACK in the fridge because no one ate any. Put them in a casserole tomorrow.



Yandie, Goddess of Pickles. said...

*sigh* and now, after this fortuitous discovery, UB is no more.

Me thinks "kids eat free" may have been an attempt to get rid of stock before closing up shop.

Lori-Grace said...

When are they closing? We were there on Sunday.

Yandie, Goddess of Pickles. said...

Drove by either Monday or Tuesday on they way to work and *poof* gone. No signage, no yummy burger smell, nothing. Just an empty building.