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Progressive Produce Sweet Onions ?!

‐ “The Cali Special” French Fries ‐

1 large Sweet Onion (Mayan, Vidalia®, or Walla Walla), sliced 

2 lbs Pacific Gold Russet Potatoes, scrubbed clean, peeled, and cut into ¼" fries

Peanut or avocado oil, for frying

4–5 slices American cheese

1 tbsp butter



Fry Sauce

2 tbsp plus 2 tsp mayonnaise 

1 tbsp ketchup

2 tsp sweet pickle relish

½ tsp sugar

½ tsp white vinegar


Prep Time: 40 min

Cook Time: 25 min

Servings: 4


1 Heat a couple of inches of oil in a deep, heavy pot to 300° F.

2 While preparing other ingredients, soak cut fries in cold water to keep from browning and to break down excess starch.

3 Heat 1 tbsp of butter in a skillet over medium-high heat until melted. Add onions and reduce heat to medium-low. Stirring occasionally, cook for about 20–25 minutes until soft and golden brown. Set aside.

4 In a bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, ketchup, relish, sugar, and vinegar. Set aside.

5 Remove fries from water and place on paper towels, blotting to dry.

6 In 3 to 4 batches, cook the fries for 4–5 minutes per batch until soft, not browned. Using a slotted spoon, remove each batch of fries from the oil and drain on paper towels.

7 Increase the temperature of the oil to 400° F. Cook the fries in batches again until they are golden brown. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt.

8 Place some freshly cooked fries on a plate and cover with an American cheese slice. Top with fry sauce and caramelized sweet onions and serve alongside your favorite burger. Enjoy!

Tip: We also topped our favorite burger with the extra caramelized sweet onions and fry sauce…so delicious!
Sweet Onions are a year-round item from Progressive Produce. Choose from Mayan Sweet Onions, Vidalia Sweet Onions, or Walla Walla Sweet Onions depending on the season.

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