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Vegan Cheese Fries

Crispy french fries with homemade stretchy melty vegan nacho cheese, and tofu bacon bits. The perfect comfort food for movie night or game night. Surprisingly healthy and can even be made oil-free!
My Notes:
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 25 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Meal Type: dinner, Sides
Keyword: Cheese fries, Vegan Cheese Fries
Special: 10 Ingredients or Less, Oil-Free, Seasonal (Cold Weather), Soy-Free, Vegan Cheese, Vegan Meat
Tool: Air Fryer, Oven, Stove
Ingredient: Cashews, Jalapenos, Potatoes, Tofu
Servings: 2 Servings as a main
Calories: 432kcal
Ingredients
Optional toppings:
  • 3 green onions chopped
  • 2 tablespoon(s) parsley chopped
  • 1 sliced jalapeno
  • 3 tablespoon(s) vegan sour cream (store-bought or the recipe from page 207 in Fuss-Free Vegan cookbook)
Instructions
  • Make the tofu bacon bits. These can be prepared ahead of time and stored in an air-tight container in the fridge or frozen. I almost always have these on hand because they are a great addition to any dish! Or you can use store-bought vegan bacon bits (most simulation bacon bits are vegan)!
  • Make the nacho cheese. (skip if using store-bought cheese) When preparing this recipe, add an extra 1/2 cup of water to the recipe (total water will be 1 1/2 cups) so that the cheese is thinner and more pourable. This can also be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for 3 - 5 days. Reheat over medium heat, adding more water if needed.
  • Make French Fries. Follow my recipe to make crispy baked French fries or you can make fries in an air-fryer. If using store-bought freezer fries, follow the instructions on the package.
  • To Make Vegan Cheese Fries: Once baked, pour all the fries onto the same baking sheet, or a serving dish. Drizzle generously with the nacho cheese. Sprinkle the tofu bacon bits on top. Garnish with any optional toppings as desired. Serve hot.
Notes
Oil-free: to make oil-free simply make the fries without oil on parchment paper or a silicon matt lined baking sheet. The nacho cheese and bacon bits are already oil-free.
Make ahead: Both the nacho cheese and bacon bits can be made well ahead of time, and stored in the fridge in air-tight containers for a few days. Fries should be baked fresh.
Make it a full meal: To make this a bit healthier and more of a full meal, I love to add roasted broccoli and/or cauliflower in with the fries. Both broccoli and cauliflower take about 15 -20 minutes to roast, so you can add them to the oven in the last 20 minutes of baking the fries.
Soaking fries: soaking the homemade fries before baking them will make for the crispiest fries, but if you forget or don't have the time, un-soaked fries will still be great, just less crispy.
Soy-Free: Sub black beans for tofu crumbles
Nutrition
Serving: 1serving (recipe makes 2 servings) | Calories: 432kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 2889mg | Potassium: 1227mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 694IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 6mg
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