Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Home-Style French Fries

My family loves French fries, and in my opinion, homemade fries are the best!

Wash, but do not peel 2 lbs of russet potatoes.
Slice a potato in half lengthwise.  Lay each half cut-side down.
Slice lengthwise into 1/4 - 1/2" thick slices.
Stack about half of the slices and cut lengthwise into 1/4 - 1/2" thick fries.
Repeat with the rest.  Long potatoes are best for fries.

Transfer your sliced fries to a bowl of lukewarm water as you go.  Heat peanut oil in your deep fryer to 375 degrees.  Drain the potatoes and dry well.  Place 1/4 of the potatoes in the fryer at one time.  Fry for approximately 9 - 10 minutes or until golden brown color.  Remove from fryer and drain on paper towel.  Season with salt.

Try one of these salts of sauces with your next batch of fries.  I found these in Food Network Magazine.

Herb Salt
Strip the leaves from a few rosemary and thyme sprigs.  Pulse in a food processor until fine, then toss with coarse salt.

Bacon Salt
Pulse 3 slices of cooked bacon in a food processor until fine; toss with 3 Tbsp coarse salt

Parmesan Salt
Mix equal parts paprika, grated Parmesan and coarse salt.

Smoky Ketchup
Stir 1/2 - 1 minced chipotle pepper in adobo sauce into 1/2 cup ketchup.  Add a splash of balsamic vinegar.

Spicy Mayo
Add a little Sriracha sauce (or other hot sauce) to 1/2 cup mayonnaise.  Mix in the zest and juice of 1 lime.

Zesty Mustard
Mix 1/2 cup Dijon mustard, a spoonful of horseradish and some chopped parsley.

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