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French-Fry Bake

When a friend brought this to a gathering at church, I simply had to ask for the recipe—what a fast and fun way to serve potatoes! It's always good to find a recipe that can sneak in a few extra veggies; the kids never find the carrots hidden inside this one. —Cheryl Newendorp, Pella, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/3 cup diced pimientos, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (32 ounces) frozen french-fried potatoes

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a Dutch oven, heat butter over medium heat. Add onion and green pepper; cook and stir until tender, 3-4 minutes. Stir in flour until blended; gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in carrot, 1/2 cup cheese, pimientos, salt and pepper until cheese is melted. Remove from heat. Place french-fried potatoes in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; pour sauce over top. Bake, uncovered, until bubbly, 30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; bake until cheese is melted, 3-5 minutes longer.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 257 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 540mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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