For the Aussie Chips: Preheat oil to 375 degrees in a deep fryer.
Cut potatoes into french fry slices using a vegetable slicer or mandolin. It’s important to use a gadget for the slicing so that the fries will all be the same thickness, and will cook evenly. Submerge all of the sliced potatoes in a large bowl fill with cold water for 30 minutes.
Combine all of the seasoning ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
Remove potato slices from the water and onto a clean towel. Blot dry.
Fry potato slices for 8 to 12 minutes in hot oil until light brown. Drain fries on a rack or paper towels and sprinkle with some of the seasoning. Pile the fries on a plate and serve with ranch dressing on the side, if desired.
For the Aussie Cheese Fries: Prepare the clone for the Aussie Chips and arrange the seasoned fries on an oven-safe plate. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Mix the cheeses together and sprinkle the blend over the fries. Crumble the bacon and sprinkle it over the cheese. Bake the plate for 4 to 5 minutes in the hot oven, until cheese is melted. Serve with ranch dressing on the side.
This recipe yields 4 to 6 servings of either selection.