Sunday, March 27, 2011

CopyKat Outback Steakhouse Aussie Fries

There are a few websites out there that specialize in reproducing favorite restaurant meals at home. CopyKat is one of the better ones, and one I was hipped to by friend and fellow food writer Warren Bobrow on his Twitter. Here's their take on Outback Steakhouse Aussie Fries:

Outback Steakhouse Aussie Fries

1 – 2 lb. bag of Frozen French Fries
1 C. shredded Colby Jack cheese (An excellent suggestion is to use the cheese that is
labeled as "Taco Cheese," cheese for Tacos.)
6 pieces of Bacon, cooked

Divide the fries into half, and use the other half later. Heat oil to 350 degrees. If you do not have a thermostat, make sure the oil is hot enough, so that when you set a French fry in there it will cook immediately. If the French fry sinks to the bottom, and barely bubbles, it is not hot enough. Fry the potatoes in small batches, they are done when they are golden brown, and float to the top of the skillet. (I like to use a Dutch oven). Be sure to drain the potatoes on paper towels. You can keep them warm in the oven while the other fries are done. When all French fries are done cooking, and drained place them onto a platter. Salt the French fries if you like, and sprinkle on cheese and cooked bacon. Pop these back into a warm oven until the cheese begins to melt.

Here is what Jane Coyle Suggested:

1 16 oz bottle Ranch Dressing
2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. white pepper
1 tsp. black pepper
1 Tbsp. kosher salt
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. onion powder

Combine all ingredients and let refrigerate overnight for the best flavor.

The original recipe can be found here, and you can find more Outback Steakhouse Recipes, here at

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Justin said...

There was a time about a decade ago that my buddy and I used to go to the bar at Outback a couple times per week, drink large mugs of beer and watch the Lakers.

Every time we would say "Okay, we can't keep eating the Aussie Cheese Fries, they're so unhealthy"... but then after a couple of giant mugs we would look at each other and say "Screw it, we're getting 'em."

Unknown said...

There are far worse things you could do after a couple beers, man, hope you enjoyed the fries! :-)