Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Seeing Red

Move over Nathan's - there's a new name-brand bake-at-home fry to try. Fans of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers are familiar with the chain's Bottomless Steak Fries, which are gluten free at the many locations that maintain dedicated fryers. Red Robin's fries are now available in frozen food aisles nationwide, prepared with the burger chain's signature seasoning salt blend.

Over the weekend, I baked half a bag in a pre-heated oven (at 425 degrees) for about 25 minutes, turning them over about half-way through. So how do they compare to the deep-fried restaurant version? A tasty facsimile. They'd be ordinary steak fries without the seasoning salt, and it's the spices (a combination of salt, garlic, onion and paprika) that make the difference here. The fries were cooked throughout and had that typical "fry bite," save for the smaller, crispy pieces that were well done. 

Unlike at the restaurants, the retail version of Red Robin's fries aren't bottomless. The bake-at-home fries, which are produced by ConAgra Foods, are sold in 22-ounce packages for a suggested retail price of $3.19. (I paid $3.99 at a local Acme.) 
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