I love the trashyness of dude food, but in Oz it’s relatively rare to find a vego version of it that isn’t just beans and cheese in place of flesh. That’s ok in a burger, but for chilli fries you need some good old processed faux flesh to make it awesome enough to justify both the fussiness and the glorious disgustingness of the outcome.

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To make chilli fries you need to make two things: chilli (con quorn) and fries. You will also need cheese and jalapenos when assembling.

First make the chilli, you can even do it the day before, maybe two days – chilli does just keep getting tastier as it waits to be eaten. You won’t eat a full batch on your fries obviously so it’s good for lunch or dinner for another couple of meals – just add cornbread on the side or rice or pasta like Americans do (weird).

Ingredients

Chilli’s not really a recipe as far as I’m concerned, it’s something I have always cooked by feeling – mainly by copying what my mum did. Use your own favourite chilli recipe instead if you want!

Soffrito (diced carrots, celery and onion – just onion is ok too)
Couple cloves chopped garlic
2 x 400 grams tinned tomatoes (or a bottle of passata is ok too)
1 packet of Quorn mince
Chilli powder/cayenne/fresh chilli to taste (or all of these)
1 stock cube
2 bay leaves

Method

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium, add mince and cook for a few minutes.

Add soffrito and garlic and fresh chilli if using – cook until soft.

Add chilli powder/cayenne and cook, stirring regularly until it smells good.

Add tomatoes, stock cube, bay leaves and some water (about half a cup) and bring to boil. Then turn to medium and simmer for half an hour or until it’s as thick as you like and tastes good. Taste regularly and add salt pepper and any additional spices whenever you want.

Then make the fries.

Ingredients:

Potatoes – try find a variety that is good for fries (derr).
Oil – canola or sunflower is fine.

Method

Heat oven to its highest setting – mine goes to about 260c which worked well.

Peel potatoes or don’t – then cut into 1 cm slices, and cut slices into 1cm sticks.

Blanch sticks in boiling water for 3 minutes, then drain and pat dry.

Place chips into roasting pan (make sure they’re not too crowded!), drizzle with enough oil so they are well coated and season with salt and pepper. Bake for about 20 minutes turning half way through until they are lovely and golden.

Then the magic happens 

Place the fries on a plate or serving platter, heap on some chilli add some home pickled jalapenos (more of which another time) and grate on some cheese.

Serve with beer. Lots of beer. Have icecream for dessert.

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