If you've ever been to In-N-Out, (and if you haven't...I don't know if we can be friends anymore...), then you know allll about the secret menu and animal fries. And if you DON'T know, It's like if french fries and the best burger you've ever had sloppily made out. Kinda gross...but soooooo good.
PTL (Praise The Lord) for Christie Gee, cause she has veganified animal fries for y'all! Take it away, Christie!
Before I went Vegan a couple years back I was a vegetarian for 20 years and I was a HUGE fan of In N Out’s Grilled cheese and French friends both prepared ANIMAL STLYLE!
(photo credit: Matt Crump)
When I decided to finally take the leap into full veganism, it was a personal choice about animal welfare. As I looked more into I realized that the vegan movement also affects our health and also the environment. For the record, this is by NO means a healthy recipe, but it's a fun little treat, and super easy to make! I love the idea of eating healthier, but sometimes you just need to live a little and enjoy pure deliciousness. ;)
-‘Daiya’ “Dairy Free Shreds” *I prefer pepper jack, however cheddar is also a great one to cook with!*
-Organic Veggie Broth
-Chopped Red Onions
-French Fries! *You can cut your own, of course. If you want to save time, you can snag some frozen favorites!*
DISCLAIMER: Be sure that the broth and french fries have the "vegan" symbol or say "vegan." SOme brands will sneak some non-vegan seasonings and/or oils into products.
Here is a step by step on how you can create this fun treat for yourself or also for a fun summer BBQ!
1. Prepare fries for oven time! The short amount of time it will take those taters to cook is all you will need to prepare the toppings!
2. Begin to grill the chopped red onions in a small frying pan with a tiny bit of oil. Slowly keep those babies simmering as we now go onto prepare the cheese!
3. I take about 3/4 of the "cheese" and place into a small sauce pan with about 1/4 cup pf veggie broth. This gives it a good thickness and a hint of yummy flavors added to the cheese. If you are not a fan of veggie broth or want to cut back on sodium, you can also use plain water. The cheese melting in is the trickiest part. You need to keep it on a very low flame and being very consistent with the stirring. I like to keep the onions and the cheese on the same side of the stove to make it easier to stir both at the same time.
4. YAY! About 15-20 minutes later you should be ready to put together your vegan Animal Fries!
5. Carefully remove the fries from the oven and place them on a plate. Top them first with the cheese, then the thousand island sauce, then the onions! You can also add dill pickle for a fun topping!
I personally LOVE to place my “Animal Fries” with a Beyond Burger patty! 100% Plant based! I add them to salads and it is glorious! That is a whole other blog in itself! YUM!
I then grill the Beyond Burger and place on the side of the "Animal Fries" for more of a rounded meal! I have an obsession with spicy mustard, so I top it off with that...and voila! You get this heavenly feast!
I am sure that Julia Child would be so proud. :P I hope that this inspires you to look into vegan options to try from time to time!
If you want to learn more about veganism, you can follow these above brands and myself as I will be posting more about vegan recipes on my account!
Thank you to Jenna and Cortney for being such sweet gals and featuring me on their blog. I adore these two and I am so very proud of what they have accomplished! Boss Babes for the win!
Yummmmm!!! Thanks so much, Christie! Check her out at www.christiegee.com and @christiegee!
Love & Animal Fries
Jen & Cort