Halloween is upon us! I love getting creative in the kitchen this time of year and serving up spooky recipes. I’m kind of like Monica Geller when she tries to out-cook herself at Thanksgiving; I challenge myself to come up with ghoulish-themed grub that’s never been done before. There was the year of the pumpkin guts traybake (don’t bin your carved pumpkin flesh!), and how about the ghostly ring doughnuts (Doooooooonuts) I made last year?
This year, I’ve gone for something a little bit different. There don’t seem to be many halloween inspired recipes for freaky fries out there, so I came up with my own! These Bloody Beetroot Freaky Fries wouldn’t be out of place at Dracula’s Halloween Shindig or whatever party Hannibal Lecter’s throwing this year; the beetroots are sweet, the bacon’s salty, the sriracha gives everything a little kick, and the cheese… well, I don’t need to sell you on melted cheese, do I? Also – bonus – cooking these will make you look like you’ve slaughtered someone; handling the beetroot is bloody messy – you’ve been warned!
Bloody Beetroot Dirty Fries (serves two)
- 3 large beetroots
- 250g strong cheddar cheese, grated
- 4 rashers of streaky bacon
- 50g chopped parsley
- 1 tsp sriracha seasoning
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper
- onion relish (optional, but this one from Marks and Spencer is the bomb-diggity)
- Peel and chop your beetroot into chunks shaped like fries. Pop them in a saucepan and boil them with some salt for 20 minutes until soft. Drain them, then leave them to dry out for an hour.
- Put the fries in a bowl and coat them with the olive oil, then spread them out evenly on a lined baking tray. Set the oven to 200°, generously season the fries with some salt and pepper and then bake them for 30 minutes, turning occasionally.
- While the fries are cooking, fry up your bacon, chop your parsley and grate your cheese. Once the bacon is cooked, I like to coat it in some onion relish – but frying up some chopped onions is a good alternative.
- Once the fries are cooked, load them with the bacon and half of the cheese and pop them back in the oven for another 5 minutes.
- Finish things off with the last of the cheese, and then sprinkle with parsley and sriracha seasoning. Scoff! 🙂
Happy Halloween everyone! 🎃