I’ve got a special little dish to share with y’all today. It’s not really a recipe, per se. It’s something that I grew up eating, thinking that we were the only people alive who ate it. I’m talking about fresh, hot, crispy french fries topped with brown gravy and cheddar cheese. Now before you get all OMG on me, hear me out. First off, this is not the kind of thing that regularly finds its way to my supper table. We might have this twice a year at our house. It’s a treat and you know what they say… everything in moderation. When I was a kid, we had to make use of everything we had when it came to food. So when there was leftover brown gravy from beef tips or hamburger steaks or something like that, I always knew this dish was in my future. I’m not sure what it is about this dish, but it just takes me back to the time when I was a chubby little kid sitting at my mama’s kitchen table.
The assembly is easy, it goes… hot fries, smothered in gravy, topped with cheddar cheese. That’s it, plain and simple.
Here’s the weird thing about this dish… Not long after Heather and I were married, we went on a cruise out of New Orleans (one of my favorites citys by the way – all that food!). Well, we went down the day before since Heather had never been to NOLA. That night were were walking around the Quarter and decided to pop into Acme Oyster House for some dinner. The very first thing on the menu was “Boo Fries: with roast beef gravy and cheese.” I was astonished that someone had stolen my mother’s idea! LOL! The weird part was that when my mother was a kid, her nickname was Boo. I mean, come one, people. Really??? Boo Fries?? Having never really had a name for the dish, we started calling them Boo Fries just like the folks at Acme. Apparently some folks in Canada got my Mom’s recipe too, except they call their poutine and use cheese curds – weirdos.
So, the next time you’ve got some leftover gravy, give these a spin. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
OH! And did y’all hear the news??? Southern Food Network named my recipe for Slow Cooker Pot Roast and Veggies as the 2011 Best Recipe! We’ve also been recognized as the #2 most popular blogger and #2 in the Reader’s Choice poll! And let me tell you, coming in second to Jackie at Syrup and Biscuits is a good day in my book! Anyway, I’m just tickled pink at the recognition and want to thank Southern Food Network for all they do! A huge THANK YOU goes out to all of you who follow Southern Bite on the blog and on our Facebook page! You all are making dreams that I never dreamed come true and it sure is an amazing feeling! You each play such an important role in Southern Bite and I just can’t thank you enough!