One of my favourite Fast Foods is Lick's Taters n Cream which I have been known to drive all the way down to the Beaches to satisfy a craving of it. One day recently I thought I don't have to drive to Lick's to get it I can make it at home myself. In an attempt to try and make more things at home and to save money and travel time and expenses I whipped up a batch of my own Taters and Cream.
Instead of cutting the potatoes into french fry strips I cut them into equal sized cubes making it easy to cook in a skillet. I fried the potatoes in a skillet using the bacon fat that was left after cooking the bacon. You add tons of extra flavour into the potato cubes that way and it fries up really crispy. Cook the potatoes until golden brown and crispy on the outside and still a bit soft on the inside. Make sure you don't cook it on high heat but more towards medium so that they get a chance to cook inside.
Drain the potatoes on paper towel when cooked and then place the potatoes on a plate or I like to put it in a bowl so that it can mound on top.
Add the Shredded cheese while the potatoes are still hot so that the cheese can melt a bit.
Then add the Sour Cream, Bacon and Sliced Green Onions. I skipped adding the salt since I cooked the potatoes in Bacon Fat and there is plenty of salt in the cheese and bacon.
Add Pepper to taste and if you like it spicy you could even add chili flakes or Siracha or hot pepper sauce if you like.
That's it... No waiting in lines, no driving, parking, gas expenses food packaging waste. All you need are a few good ingredients and about a half an hour of your time. It's just as good as the take out version if not better because you know it's fresh and you know exactly how it's been made.
It may not be low cal but it is the kind of thing that hits that comfort food zone and really satisfies you. Making it at home you will know that you are using fresh oil, you can use organic products if you like as well and you can control exactly how much and what you add to it.
You can also experiment with the stuff you put on top. You could add things like diced tomatoes or cilantro or parsley... go nuts if you like.. break all the rules...
Just enjoy the Fast Food at Home and feel like you can make it yourself.