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|Alternative names||Cheesy chips, chips and cheese|
|Main ingredients||French fries, cheese|
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Cheese fries are a popular fast food dish consisting of french fries covered in cheese, similar to the Canadian dish poutine, which is fries, cheese curds and gravy. They are known as cheesy chips or chips and cheese in the United Kingdom
It is likely that cheese fries made many independent debuts starting with the advent of Cheez Whiz in 1953. One early version of cheese fries was created by a young fry cook named Austin Ruse at the Dairy Queen on First Capitol Drive in St. Charles, Missouri in 1973. They were never placed on the menu but were available for special orders.
Throughout the Southwest US, cheese fries are often covered in melted cheddar cheese, bacon bits, jalapeño slices, and chives and served with ranch dressing. Alternately, they are also served as carne asada fries. In Philadelphia, pizza fries are topped with melted mozzarella and served with pizza sauce on the side, while "Mega Fries" are topped with Cheddar (or sometimes Cheez Whiz) and mozzarella cheese and bacon. Usually served with a side of ranch dressing. In New York City, Long Island, and New Jersey they are covered with American, Mozzarella, or Swiss cheese, then melted (properly broiled). In New Jersey and certain New York City diners, Disco Fries are fries served with Mozzarella and brown gravy. In other parts of the US, nacho cheese is often used, especially in snack-stand type settings.
Chilli cheese fries are cheese fries topped with Chili con carne. The cheese is usually either American or Cheddar. In Cincinnati, Ohio, they use their own Cincinnati chili for their Chilli cheese fries at the local chilli restaurants. In New Mexico, they use New Mexican Chile for their chilli cheese fries, often adding chopped lettuce, tomato, and olives as garnish.
In Ireland a popular variation called "Taco Fries" consists of fresh cut chips covered in sub sauce and shredded Cheddar. Piled on top of the cheese are ground beef, tomato, peppers, onions, and various seasoning. In Bulgaria, a common side dish offered in most restaurants consists of French fries, topped with grated or crumbled sirene. Some German "Imbisse" (fast food joints) serve a variation on chilli cheese fries with bolognese sauce instead of chilli. In the Netherlands a dish named 'kapsalon' is served as fast food. This consist of fries covered with cheese, salad and shawarma or doner kebab. It is often consumed with large amounts of garlic sauce and/or chili sauce. The United Kingdom chips and cheese are often served in pubs as a popular type of 'pub grub'. Preparation includes the pouring of cheddar sauce over chips or sprinkling cheddar over chips and then putting the dish under a grill. In the North-East town of Sunderland, 'cheesy chips' are a commonly eaten as an alternative to a traditional roast dinner.
In 1990, then President George H.W.Bush endorsed the cheese fries served at Eskimo Joe's in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Consisting of fresh cut french fries covered with a mix of melted, grated Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheese and "special seasoning," Eskimo Joe's reports that it sells more than 7,000 plates of cheese fries per month.