Tick Tock Diner in Clifton, New Jersey, is open around the clock, and the favoriteitem for the late-night crowd is the Disco Fries. Smotheredin brown gravy and cheese, this side stays true to the dinerstrademark signage: Eat Heavy.
Makes: 4 servings
Prep: 10 mins
Bake: 35 mins
- 4 small baking potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds), scrubbed
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 1 8 ounce package cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoons flour
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 teaspoons tomato paste
- 3 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated (about 1 1/4 cups)
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees . Slice the potatoes lengthwise 1/3 inch thick, then stack and thinly slice to shape into french fries. Transfer to a large bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Arrange the potatoes in an even layer on a parchment-paper-lined rimmed baking sheet, reserving the bowl; season with salt and pepper. Bake until deep golden, about 35 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes; transfer to the reserved bowl. Add the butter and onion to the pan and cook until the onion begins to brown, about 3 minutes; lower the heat to medium-low and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the chicken broth, tomato paste and cooked mushrooms and simmer until thickened, about 3 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and cover to keep warm.
- Sprinkle two-thirds of the cheese on top of the fries and return to the oven to melt, about 1 minute; reheat the mushroom gravy, if needed. Using a metal spatula, transfer half of the fries to a platter and spoon half of the gravy on top, then repeat with the remaining fries and gravy; sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
- Slash calories and fat by roasting cut-up potatoes at high heat instead of frying them.
- Add aromatic vegetables, like mushrooms and onion, to a low-fat gravy for flavor and texture.
- Replace mild-flavored cheeses, like processed American, with intense cheeses, like sharp cheddar. The more flavor, the less you need.