Good Friday to you all!  I am so excited about this post, this recipe has been spinning around in my head for weeks!  Ya know most of the country is lacking moisture at the moment, fields are dry, feedlots extremly dusty and our guys are working very hard in the dirt and grim to produce safe and quality beef that we consume each day.  We ought to be extremely thankful for their dedication and grit!  This one’s for the boys, its not carb conscience or fruity, its literally a meat and potatoes kind of meal!  I named it “Muddy” fries because the guys I know would just love to see some mud soon, (mud means it’s rained!) so in the spirit of wishful thinking, get ready for “Muddy” fries plus they are kinda messy!  Get to the kitchen, turn up the radio and enjoy fixing this easy and filling new favorite of mine!

“Muddy” Fries
1 Cheap roast
2 C Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 Bag of Frozen Sweet Potato French Fries (Or a few fresh sweet potatoes)
1 Bottle of Coke or Diet Coke
Jalapenos
Vanilla, Chili Powder, Cayenne Pepper, Garlic Salt & Black pepper

Start by pounding the roast. Pound it with whatever you can find, your hand a rolling pin, a skillet, whatever you can find quick.  Then sear the outsides of the roast.  After you sear it slice it against the grain into 1/2 inch pieces.  Trim off any fatty spots while you do this.  Next put all the meat and all the excess fat back into the pot you seared it in.  Pour the Coke over the roast and let it cook on Medium high for 1 1/2 hours.  While it is cooking add 2 Teaspoons of vanilla, chili powder, cayenne pepper, garlic salt & black pepper.  When the meat has been cooking for about an hour, arrange a thin layer of fries on a cookie sheet and bake them for 30 min or until they are crispy.  At this time take the meat out of the juices and place on a cutting board.  Using two forks pull apart the meat into shreds.  On a plate place a layer of fries, followed by cheese, followed by meat, and top with some jalapeno slices! DELICIOUS! Don’t throw away those juices either, put them in a freezer safe container and bring them out when you need some beef stock for a soup or stew… perfect!  Beef fat freezes wonderfully, so there is no need to be wasteful! I hope that you enjoyed this “Muddy” recipe!

“Muddy” Fries
1 Cheap roast – $7.66
2 C Shredded Cheddar Cheese- $0.75
1 Bag of Frozen Sweet Potato French Fries (Or a few fresh sweet potatoes) – $3.84
1 Bottle of Coke or Diet Coke – $1.00
Jalapenos – $0.20
Vanilla, Chili Powder, Cayenne Pepper, Garlic Salt & Black pepper- $0.30
Total Cost – $13.75 (Serves 3)
Cost Per Plate – $4.58

I would add that I used frozen sweet potato fries because the grocery store was LITERALLY out of sweet potatoes! It would be more cost effecient to use fresh sweet potatoes, you could also substitute the sweet potatoes for traditional fries.  This is the first brand of frozen sweet potato fries that I have ever seen and while expensive they were pretty delicious!

I hope that you enjoy the weekend, and the cooler fall weather!  I sure intend to enjoy it!

Happy Trails,

~ Anna-Lisa

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