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Spudnut

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Cheeseburger Fries Tue, 09/23/03 2:24 PM (permalink)
Today's NY Times has an article about "cheeseburger fries," the Beef Association's latest attempt to get us to eat more red meat. They appear to be similar in concept to mozzarella sticks -- the Times referred to them as a "squat version of standard French fries...made of a meat-and-cheese compound that tastes -- as the name suggests -- like a cheeseburger." They're deep fried, by the way (as if there were a doubt).

They have been found on menus in Nebraska, Minnesota and Texas since June. And, naturally, a version is being created for school cafeterias.
 
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    Gator

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    RE: Cheeseburger Fries Tue, 09/23/03 2:32 PM (permalink)
    Phil, I just read that myself, and e-mailed the link to my wife for a laugh. I can understand the beef industry wanting a "beef snack" ala chicken mcnuggets, but (apologies to Pauline Kael) it would take a tribunal of the Gods to count how many ways this is a bad idea.

    However, as I just wrote in a previous post, no capitalist ever went broke increasing the amount of sugar and/or fat in something served to Americans. I'm sure they'll be a big hit, probably in 80 gallon barrels sold at Sam's Club.

     
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      seafarer john

      RE: Cheeseburger Fries Tue, 09/23/03 3:54 PM (permalink)
      I found it interesting that the article was in the Business Section - not in the Wednesday Food Section. I guess that says something about the
      basic idea of "cheeseburger fries" being more about money and less about food. I'll also bet they will be a big hit and you are going to see them everywhere in another year or so. I'm offering franchises if anyone out there is interested - price negotiable and I'll even throw in a share of the Brooklyn Bridge.
       
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        ocdreamr

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        RE: Cheeseburger Fries Tue, 09/23/03 5:46 PM (permalink)
        When I read the topic title I envisioned a plate of french fries covered with a loose meat type mixture with melted cheese over all!! Hmmm, might have to give it a try.
         
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          CheeseWit

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          RE: Cheeseburger Fries Tue, 09/23/03 7:32 PM (permalink)
          OC, I like your idea. It's no different than chili fries, and I've enjoyed them. I'm gonna' make cheeseburger fries your way/my way.
          quote:
          Originally posted by ocdreamr

          When I read the topic title I envisioned a plate of french fries covered with a loose meat type mixture with melted cheese over all!! Hmmm, might have to give it a try.
           
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            EliseT

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            RE: Cheeseburger Fries Wed, 09/24/03 5:58 AM (permalink)
            Kind of reminds me of Scotch Eggs. You cover a hard-boiled egg with sausage meat and deep-fry it. Hey, did you guys hear that noise? Oh, never mind, it was just my arteries slamming shut.
             
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              NancyPeter

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              RE: Cheeseburger Fries Wed, 09/24/03 11:59 AM (permalink)
              Good Morning America did a spot on these fries today. The hosts tasted them, as well as the audience. There was a mixed review. The variation discussed above covered w/meat & cheese sounds much better
               
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                Cosmos

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                RE: Cheeseburger Fries Wed, 09/24/03 12:09 PM (permalink)
                Another convenient food-like substance brought to you by the Utility Muffin Research Kitchens :)
                 
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                  Rusty246

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                  RE: Cheeseburger Fries Wed, 09/24/03 12:11 PM (permalink)
                  EliseT, arteries wasn't the first thing that came to mind, glad you clarified! I have a question on the subject of chili. Do any of you have any restaurants that serve GOOD chili, I mean aside from steak and shake? That's the only place here that sells chili. None of our mexican restaurants even sell it.
                   
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                    Liketoeat

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                    RE: Cheeseburger Fries Wed, 09/24/03 1:31 PM (permalink)
                    Rusty246, do you all have any Back Yard Burger places in your area? Around here they sell a red, cubed beef, no beans chili which I've found to be pretty good. PS - maybe chunks and strips would be better way to describe the beef than cubed. Anyway, was trying to get over thought that its pieces of beef rather than ground beef.
                     
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                      Rusty246

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                      RE: Cheeseburger Fries Wed, 09/24/03 1:37 PM (permalink)
                      No such luck, we have a Newberry Backyard Bar-B-Que, that's boasts "award winning", but no chili. I tell you, that just never occurded to me that no one makes chili. Hmmmm, do I smell a business opportunity??? I guess no thinks it gets cold enough in FL to deal with it.
                       
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                        NancyPeter

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                        RE: Cheeseburger Fries Wed, 09/24/03 3:23 PM (permalink)
                        Rusty - believe it or not, Wendy's chili is not bad "in a pinch." Also, I am pretty sure it's not high fat
                         
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                          Rusty246

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                          RE: Cheeseburger Fries Wed, 09/24/03 4:07 PM (permalink)
                          Funny, that's what got me started. I had it for lunch! After adding some hot piquin sauce AND Amazon hot green sauce, it wasn't too bad. You're right about the fat as well. Don't think the "frosty's" are fattening either...or are they? Oh well, I don't do sweets anyway. Now, if I could just get a hold of that salt habit of mine. No high blood pressure yet, not from the salt anyway. Can you say "kids" ages 7 and 13????? Gotta LOVE em'! I work at UF we have our own little city here. When it comes to food we have: Wendy's, Chik-Fil-A, Taco Hell, I mean Bell, Subway, "Capeesh?", Einstein's Bagels, Burger King, Home Zone, more smoothie and java places than you can imagine, and also a dining area that serves breakfast, then for lunch, burgers, subs, pizza, home style foods, salad bar, and it's ALL you can eat. You can skip from one area to the next, to the next till your bust. All for under $5.00 too! I'm sure I've even left some out.
                           
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                            tamandmik

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                            RE: Cheeseburger Fries Wed, 09/24/03 4:39 PM (permalink)
                            quote:
                            Originally posted by Gator

                            However, as I just wrote in a previous post, no capitalist ever went broke increasing the amount of sugar and/or fat in something served to Americans. I'm sure they'll be a big hit, probably in 80 gallon barrels sold at Sam's Club.




                            Gator,

                            After reading this quote, I had to run to the bathroom, because I was laughing so hard I almost peed in my pants!
                             
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                              Liketoeat

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                              RE: Cheeseburger Fries Wed, 09/24/03 11:17 PM (permalink)
                              Nancy and Rusty, several years ago a MD who is a blood pressure and particularly a cholesterol specialist (as well as a professional dietitian on her staff) both told me that if necessary to eat fast food while traveling, Wendy's chili was, from their standpoints, the healthiest of all such foods to eat. As you said, Rusty, it ain't bad tasting either if one doctors it up a bit (which may make it less healthy). I know from taste and appearance the Back Yard Burger chili which I recommended can't be nearly as healthy as Wendy's -definitely greasier- which is what makes it tastier.
                               
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                                NancyPeter

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                                RE: Cheeseburger Fries Wed, 09/24/03 11:34 PM (permalink)
                                Ok, I have to admit it, I actually LOVE Wendy's chili I was afraid to say so before 'cause I thought I might get tons of criticism
                                 
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                                  Poverty Pete

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                                  RE: Cheeseburger Fries Thu, 09/25/03 12:37 AM (permalink)
                                  I used to work across the street from Taco Bell's corporate headquarters in Irvine, Ca. In the cafeteria on the first floor, open to the public, are what I guess are basically test kitchens for Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut and a couple of other related fast food chains. They serve experimental items there before they roll them out in public. Even if you're not a fast foodie, it's interesting to see some of the ideas they come up with that never make it to market.
                                   
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                                    Billfish

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                                    RE: Cheeseburger Fries Thu, 09/25/03 1:48 AM (permalink)

                                    To me,this "cheeseburger fries" thing sounds pretty close to what 7-11 sells as a "cheeseburger big bite",on a smaller scale.Precooked ground beef mixed up with (American) cheese stuff,warmed up on a hot dog grill and served on a hot dog bun (and I tell ya what,7-11 is putting out a pretty darn good hot dog bun lately,the ones they use around here are soft and yet substantial,almost like a mini sub roll.Probably varies as to freshness between stores,but the usually good to very good quality Oscar Mayer frank goes quite well on these rolls.Just make sure they are warmed through,maybe give it 30 seconds zap in the handy microwave).Now nobody can make a case that these "cheeseburgers" are healthy food.But cmon,we are talking 7-11.When you only get half an hour for lunch,you tend to not quibble.But buy a big bag of chips somewhere besides 7-11,they sell the "big grab" bag of chips for like 75 cents,costs like 50 cents any place else.
                                    Bill
                                     
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                                      Geoff Steinberg

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                                      RE: Cheeseburger Fries Thu, 09/25/03 4:08 PM (permalink)
                                      I'm pretty surprised the audience of Good Morning America would have been divided on these. In today's health-conscious world nobody's going to eat a deep fried stick of red meat and cheese unless it tastes great. Each of these cheeseburger fries probably shortens your life by a minute, and if my life is going to be shortened, it had better taste good!!

                                      I also like Wendy's Chili, and they have a good taco salad also that's filled with nacho chips and they give you a small chili that you pour on top of it. Very delicious. I have to admit that I prefer the chili with the hot sauce, though the hot sauce plays havoc with my insides and typically I pay for my hot tooth later, but when it happens every time you eat food you love, you get used to it and don't mind so much.
                                       
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