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The fresher the cheese curds, the better they'll be. If you can't find local, fresh curds, order them from Ellsworth Co-op Creamery at ellsworthcheesecurds.com, or substitute kasseri cheese cubes. Kasseri, a salty Greek cheese, comes close to imitating the texture of curds. (Cheddar will work but won't add texture like the curds.) Oven-frying the potatoes in duck fat adds a rich, meaty flavor and gives them a gorgeously crisp texture. Look for duck fat in specialty markets, or order from amazon.com.

Julianna Grimes
Recipe by Cooking Light January 2010

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Credit: Randy Mayor

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Yield:
8 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup fries, 3 tablespoons gravy, and 1 tablespoon cheese curds)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Place a small roasting pan in the oven. Preheat oven to 450°.

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  • Carefully remove hot pan from oven. Melt fat in pan; add potatoes. Sprinkle potatoes with 1/4 teaspoon salt; toss. Bake at 450° for 45 minutes or until golden, turning once after 30 minutes.

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add sausage; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Combine butter and flour, stirring until smooth. Add butter mixture to sausage; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Slowly add broth to pan, stirring constantly; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; add remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and simmer 3 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring occasionally. Spoon gravy over fries; top with cheese curds. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

220 calories; fat 11.5g; saturated fat 5g; mono fat 4.1g; poly fat 1g; protein 8.4g; carbohydrates 21.7g; fiber 1.6g; cholesterol 31mg; iron 1.2mg; sodium 453mg; calcium 67mg.
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