Tracy Caruso Discovers Upscale Version of Club Kid Classic Disco Fries
Since the disco era of the 1970s, Disco Fries have been a snack that’s been a late-night staple of hungry club kids, college students, and the hangover set for almost fifty years. Now they’re back with a fancy twist for the more mature and sophisticated French fry connoisseur. You know, the people who love Big Macs but don’t want to admit it to their snobby friends.
Disco Fries are a popular dish commonly found in diners in the New York area. The classic version is French fries with melted mozzarella cheese and gravy drizzled over them. They are a variation of poutine, a Canadian dish of fries with cheese curds smothered in gravy.
The origin of the name “disco fries” is debated, but it is believed to have emerged in the 1970s during the disco era. The dish gained popularity as a late-night snack or comfort food option. It is commonly served in diners, bars, and restaurants as an appetizer, side dish, or main course.
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Disco fries were a big part of my college life in New York. I always ordered them with gravy on the side because dunking the gooey cheesy fries in the gravy is deeply satisfying. They were great after a late night out, and every diner had them. Veselka in the East Village had fabulous skinny fries with mushroom gravy. My favorites were classic ones from Waverly Restaurant, located in the Village and open twenty-four seven, at least back then.
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Alas, they are hard to get now that I’m in Florida. I used to be able to get my beloved snack at Ellie’s in Delray Beach, but sadly, they’ve closed. But last Friday night, date night, my husband and I made a life-changing and fancy discovery of this special treat that will appeal to both fry aficionados and the snobbiest of foodies alike, gorgonzola truffle oil fries at The Seafood Bar at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach. No, this isn’t the classic version of the dish, but dare I say it, it was better! The taste of these was flavorful and positively addictive. My husband couldn’t stop raving about these; he never craves stuff like this. Eat them with a martini, and you’ll be in seventh heaven. For the record, this place’s key lime pie is also extraordinary. Every meal has to have a dessert, after all. The cheese can’t stand alone.
Here’s a simple recipe for disco fries at home for those who wouldn’t dream of ordering this treat in public.
– Frozen french fries
– 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
– 2 cups of beef or chicken gravy
– Salt and pepper, to taste
– Optional toppings: cooked bacon, chopped scallions, or hot sauce
1. Preheat your oven according to the frozen french fries package instructions. Bake the fries until they are golden and crispy.
2. While the fries are baking, prepare the gravy. You can use store-bought gravy or make your own by following a recipe.
3. Once the fries are done, remove them from the oven and transfer them to an oven-safe dish or a baking sheet.
4. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese evenly over the fries.
5. Place the dish or baking sheet back into the oven under the broiler setting until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Keep a close eye on it to prevent burning.
6. Remove the fries from the oven once the cheese is melted.
7. Pour the hot gravy over the cheese-covered fries. Make sure to distribute it evenly.
8. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
9. Serve immediately while the fries are still hot and the cheese is gooey.
For those who think this is terrible for you, live a little, have fun, and reduce the amount by sharing a plate with a loved one or friends. Enjoy.
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