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Red Eyes and Fries

by Permanent Posies on October 31, 2011

My husband and I are great fans of a comfort food called Red Eyes and Fries.  At least, that is what we call it.  No…back up.  That is what my husband has always called it, so, of course, so have I.  After all, we have been together for almost 36 years (married 34).  That is a lot of eating together.

So, we had some Red Eyes and Fries to kick off the fall season and to watch football the other night.  We even counted the calories, since we are doing that these days. 

So, in preparation for presenting them on my blog, I asked him for a little history on the term.  He couldn’t offer any except that he thought that is what Denny’s called it. 

I Googled it……expecting for Wikipedia to come up with some American beginnings…maybe even a West Texan thing….since my hubby is from a tiny little town out there.  They have a language of their own for things, you know.  But guess what?  There is no such thing as Red Eyes and Fries on the internet.

REALLY?  What the heck?  I thought everyone knew what Red Eye and Fries were! 

My husband is so cute!   He always nicknames things and then that name just sticks.  Like our friend, Ronny…he calls him Ronaldo Magnus.  I guess he decided to call this dish, Red Eyes and Fries.  You can bet if I ever open a restaurant, we will have that on the menu…..even though it really makes no sense.

But, oh… does make sense at our house and is a great way to kick off fall football

So, here it is.  It really isn’t even a recipe, just a layering of things….so….kind of cheating.  But here goes anyway……

Author: Steve Merritt
  • 1 can of Wolf Brand Chili (preferably the lean kind)
  • 2 large baking potatoes
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 onion chopped
  • 1.5 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp-1 tsp of Cajun Seasoning (Tony Chacheres)
  • S & P
  1. Cut up your potatoes in the shape of French Fries, toss with oil and seasonings.
  2. Bake on 400 degrees for about 30 minutes…or until they are either crispy or soft….depending on how you like them. I like them soft and my husband likes them crispy….so mine are cut fatter.
  3. Heat the chili in a pan. Or make some from scratch….whatever……but nothing really beats Wolf Brand. Chop your onion and grate your cheese.
  4. Now layer….potatoes, chili, cheese and top with onions. Seriously hard, right?

Now you have Red Eyes and Fries.  Great football watching food!


So, even though it is simple, this is my Tuesday’s Tasty Tidbits blog party recipe.  Anyone can make it….even my friend Dian at Grocery Shop for Free, though she will probably figure out a way to get free Frozen Birdseye French Fries to use.  That is because she is the QUEEN of free things.  She is also still letting me take up her blog space each Tuesday with my recipe.  Thanks, Girlfriend. 

Do you want to join the party?  Just link up below with some great recipe and/or fun fall thing.  Make sure you link back on your site….to spread the love.  We all need a little traffic, right?  Check out some of the great bloggers that enter each week.  I learn so much from them.

Here are some of the top picks from last week.  Thank you so much for hopping around this week.  It makes everyone so happy to have visitors.  Leave comments, if you have time. 

The #1 viewed recipe was entered by Talking Dollar and Sense………Peanut Butter Pie!  Yummy!  I want some!  She has some awesome recipes.


#2  viewed recipe of the week….and the #3 viewed recipe of the week were entered by Tools for Kitchen.  The first was Basil Pesto Sauce.  Sounds delicious!

Angel Hair Pasta With Basil Pesto And Sun Dried Tomatoes 

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Billieboc October 31, 2011 at 6:22 PM

How come you’ve never shared this with me????????? Sounds delicious. And you know how I love Wolf Brand!

Christy @ Toolsforkitchens October 31, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Hi, Susan.  Thank you for featuring two of my recipes this week!  What a pleasant surprise!  Your red eyes and fries story is adorable and the recipe sure looks like a delicious one.  I shared an Italian
sausage and peppers recipe
Thank you for hosting us.  Happy

Anonymous October 31, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Well, hello Mom! Glad you stopped by.

Little Mommy October 31, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Hey!  Happy almost Tuesday!  Thanks for hosting – hope you don’t mind I linked up two – one for toddlers (and adults too) and then a lighter alfredo.  <3

Jill October 31, 2011 at 8:11 PM


I shared my Grain-Free Fried Chicken and a video for making Salmon

Miz Helen October 31, 2011 at 9:25 PM

We would just love your Red Eyes and Fries! Hope you are having a great week and thanks for hosting!
Miz Helen

Anonymous October 31, 2011 at 10:54 PM

The more the merrier! Thanks.

Karen Gordon November 1, 2011 at 12:40 AM

Susan. I’m gladly your newest follower from monday monkey hop!
I just started blogging. I blog at “We Make People” about my life as a stay at home mom, as a foreign in the US, sharing experience and musings on motherhood. But I also started another blog “GG’s Kitchen”, where I’m posting our recipes!

I loved your blog!

Michelle November 1, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Perfect football food.  I like anything/everything potato.  Thanks for hosting!  Have a great week.

Jenny November 1, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Oh my…it JUST so happens I have some leftover chili in the fridge…I’m going to have to try this!

Anonymous November 1, 2011 at 12:15 PM

We love them too. Particularly when the weather starts cooling off.

SusieQTpies November 2, 2011 at 9:27 AM
Katherine Hagan November 2, 2011 at 11:16 AM

I can’t link up!!!  :-(

Camilleta November 2, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Hey, it looks really delicious and definitely has a ring to it. It definitely SHOULD exist hahah!

Anonymous November 2, 2011 at 8:42 PM

this looks good on those days you just need to curl up and eat!

Anonymous November 2, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Well, I think I have it fixed. I was cutting and pasting things and I guess I erased the linky script. Sorry about that. Thanks for telling me. I might not have seen it until Friday.

Anonymous November 2, 2011 at 10:04 PM

I guess I accidentally erased it. I am trying to replace my links with blog buttons. It is sort of a slow process and I have made it as far as Thursdday..ha. But, I guess when I posted them, I erased my linky. I have it fixed now. Thanks for telling me.

Marie Rappleye November 3, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Sounds yummy! My husband would love it!


Joy of Desserts November 3, 2011 at 1:58 PM

That’s such a fun name! :-) Looks like some tasty homemade chili fries, but I much prefer your family’s name for them. Thank you for sharing this tried and true recipe with Vintage Recipe Thursday. Have a great day.

Krazyblondeone November 5, 2011 at 2:06 AM

I love this story.

Thanks for sharing with
Simply Delish Saturday

KitchenAid KSB560 November 6, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Hi, Susan! Thanks for the great news about my Italian sausage and peppers recipe last week!  I shared an apple
strudel recipe
today.  Thank
you for hosting us and have a great week!

Pattie Tierney November 6, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Red eyes and fries sound super yummy.  I could go for some now.

Momstheword November 6, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Wow, I think my hubby would really love this recipe!  I love the name, lol!  Thank you for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday!

Lea H @ Nourishing Treasures November 6, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

Sounds yummy – and clever name!

Check back later tonight when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

April Harris November 7, 2011 at 8:56 AM

I love the name of this dish, and it looks and sounds so yummy! Perfect comfort food! Thank you for sharing it, and a wonderful bit of family food history, with the Hearth and Soul hop.

Miz Helen November 8, 2011 at 3:08 PM

This is really a great recipe! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back soon!
Miz Helen

Anonymous November 9, 2011 at 2:37 PM

This just looks delicious!   Thank you so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday.
-Trish @ Mom On Timeout

Nikki@EverythingUndertheMoon November 28, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Never heard of this but it sounds yummy! New follower here. Would love it if you would stop by and share this at my link party going on right now :)

Have a great week!!

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