Copycat Animal Fries for two

Wednesday 20 May 2020

I was pretty shaken up yesterday after my fall.  I am always so careful and I really came down with a thud.  I injured my left shoulder, which is the one which was injured in my car accident 20 plus years ago now. 

 I also hurt my left knee  I can really feel it today! Anyways, my husband decided to treat me to a takeaway for supper.  Five guys just opened up again for delivery so we had a Baby Cheeseburger and Fries delivered for each of us.  It was a real treat!

(with just the cheese and caramelise onion)

Their servings of fries are HUGE.  Ginormous even.  Needless to say, we barely ate half of them, and I only managed 2/3 of my burger.  

I hate waste however  . . .  especially when you are paying a premium price for things.

So I popped the leftover fries into a plastic bag and then into the refrigerator.  I had a think about what to do with them.  

I am quite fond of eating cold fries for breakfast and pizza too (try not to judge me.)  I didn't want to hog these beauties all to myself however.  That seemed kind of selfish and once again it was far more than one person should or could eat.

And so I did the next best thing.  I recreated them, largely inspired by a recipe I found on Family Fresh Meals for Copycat In N Out Animal Fries. 

Now I have nver been to In N Out. I am assuming it is a hamburger joint. I cannot compare these to the originals, but I can tell you this version I made was MIGHTY delicious!

And the absolutely best repurposing of leftover french fries.  I love the Five Guys chips.  They have the skin still on them and I love fries with skin still on them!

I don't do fake cheese.   I used sliced strong cheddar cheese.  All the cheddar over here is white unless you buy specifically dyed cheddar. 

 I try not to do dyed cheese either if I can help it.  So strong cheddar, and a good one at that, was melted on top of the hot, reheated fries.

My caramelised onions turned out perfect.  Know what my secret was?  I forgot about them and they had just started to catch in a few places.  

I swooped in with a bit of water and save the day and they ended up being the best caramelised onions I ever made!

So maybe that is the secret to great caramelised onions. Let them start to catch and then just before they burn, douse them with a bit of water.  

It will evaporate right away and you will have beautifully coloured, beautifully flavoured, perfectly caramelised onions!

These were sprinkled over the melted cheese  . . .  yum . . .  yum  . . . yum!

The final touch was the fry sauce.  I thought it was very much like the copycat sauce that you put on make at home Big Macs.  Mayo, relish and ketchup, or  . . . actually rather like a Thousand Island dressing.

In any case it was really good drizzled on top.  The perfect combination of sweet and tart and spicy!

I can promise you I absolutely DID share them with mu husband!  Would I lie to you?

Copycat Animal Fries

Copycat Animal Fries

Yield: 2
I found myself with a rather lot of leftover french fries after having treated ourselves to  takeaway from Five Guys. Not being one to waste anything. I created this with them the day afterwards.  Talk about delicious!


For the fries and caramelised onions:
  • 1/2 pound of leftover cooked french fries
  • 1 small onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tsp butter
  • pinch brown sugar
  • pinch fine sea salt
  • 1 TBS water, if needed
  • 2 slices of sharp cheddar cheese
For the fry sauce:
  • 1 TBS full fat mayonnaise
  • 1/2 TBS tomato ketchup
  • 1 tsp sweet pickle relish
  • 1/8 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp sugar


  1. First make the caramelised onions.  Melt the butter in the skillet over low heat. Once it has melted and has begun to foam slightly add the chopped onions.  Sprinkle with the brown sugar and salt.  Cook slowly, stirring occasionally until they are lightly caramelised. If they start to stick add the water.  It will take between 10 and 15 minutes to achieve perfection.  Keep warm.
  2. Heat your oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6.  Put your leftover chips into a baking dish and bang them into the oven.  Let them heat for about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with the two slices of cheddar cheese.  Return them to the oven to melt the cheese.
  3. While the cheese is melting whisk together all of the sauce ingredients until smooth.
  4. Remove the fries from the oven and scatter the caramelised onions over top.  Drizzle with the fry sauce and serve immediaely.  Delicious!
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If you don't have any leftover french fries to use, just cook half a 4 serving sized bag of frozen french fries according to the package directions and then add the cheese, onions and sauce.  You are sure to love these! 

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  1. I love cold pizza for breakfast. I'm rather fond of chili cheese fries and adore caramelized onions, and we have a Five Guys within in mile or so. I see these in my future! (Never been to an In N Out either - not around here!)

    1. You are going to fall in love with these Kelly! They are really scrumptious! xoxo

  2. Mmmm, those look good! Here in California we have In-n-Out Burger places in every town, just hundreds of them but I've never tried the animal style fries for some reason. I think it's the processed cheese that turns me off but I think with the sharp cheddar you used, they're sounding great. I'll try it! I'm so sorry to hear about your fall and injuries. I'm wishing you a complete and quick recovery. I badly injured my shoulder 3 years ago and ouch, was it ever painful. Take care.

    1. I think sharp cheddar is the best Jeannine! I hope you try them and enjoy them! I am feeling much better today. I am normally much more careful than that! Thanks! xoxo

  3. I make a similar sauce for burgers..looks decadent and fun:) You only live once.I am terrible at caramelizing onions:(

    1. I have never been great Monique, but the little touch of sugar and then adding the water when they started to catch made all the difference! These were simply delicious! xoxo

  4. Goodness, this made my mouth water.

    Carolyn/A Southerner's Notebook

  5. Oh my goodness, I am sorry to hear about your spill. I pray for your speedy and complete recovery. Love Five Guys! We have In-n-Out Burgers here and friends rave about the food but I've never been. I love good fries and boy do these look as if they'd hit the spot. And yeppers, cold pizza for breakfast!

    1. Thanks so much Katy, much appreciated! You need to try the fries! xoxo


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