Going rogue today because Ina doesn’t have a Disco Fries recipes. If you’re not familiar, disco fries are New Jersey’s answer to Canadian Poutine – crunchy fries smothered in brown gravy and melty mozzarella cheese – and they can be found in just about every diner in New York City. They were my go-to nightcap in my 20s after a marathon of Beyonce inspired dancing at the bars in Hell’s Kitchen and the absolute best were at Market Diner on 43rd and 11th because they’d always make them with waffle fries upon request. We lost Market Diner in 2015 after developers decided they needed to tear it down and replace with a soulless apartment building. Check out my “I Miss You” post where I get all nostalgic by wrapping up my week of NYC restaurant recommendation with my favorite spots that have been taken away from us too soon. I’m crying just thinking about them. If you want to make your own Waffle Disco Fries, check out the recipe below!
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup minced shallot
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup flour
2 cups beef broth, heated
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
One bag of frozen waffle fries
8oz shredded mozzarella
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Cook fries according to direction on the bag – baking or frying depending on your preference.
Meanwhile, prepare gravy:
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and cook for 4-6 minutes until the shallots begin to brown. Add garlic and cooking for an additional minute.
Sprinkle in flour, salt and pepper and whisk together. Cooking for 2 to 3 minutes. Whisk in the beef broth and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thick. Add Worcestershire sauce. Salt and pepper to taste.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread cooked french fries in a single layer. Spoon enough gravy over the fries to moisten but not drowned them (you likely won’t use all the gravy). Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and bake for 2-3 minutes until the cheese has melted.