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When you can't get to In-N-Out for their Animal Fries (with caramelized onions + melted cheese!), try our copycat version—what culinary staffer Jeanette Donnarumma likes to call her Wild-Style Fries.
"Whenever I'm out on the West Coast, I always get my fix, but [In-N-Out has] something that's called Animal-Style Fries, which is on their secret menu. We all need a cheat day from time to time, right? Well, fries are my vice. My crispy, crunchy, cheese-and-onion-and-dressing-covered vice. Happy cheat day indeed!" –Jeanette
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and stir to coat them evenly with oil; season with salt and pepper. Cook onions until caramel in color, stirring often to make sure they don’t burn, about 15-20 minutes. If at any point the onions look like they are too dry or burning, pour a splash of water in the pan and stir.