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Food: Fries, Easy

June 13, 2011

Well, the jig is up. It’s just not that hard to make fries. I don’t own a fry-o-later, the only thing I’ve ever deep-fried is donuts (unsuccessfully), and I’m not that good with a pair of tongs. But using this recipe, I was able to make pretty good fries on the first try. I think the trick is starting with room temperature oil, and keeping a close eye on cooking time. The suggested amount of 32 oz  of oil is a minimum amount for 4 potatoes because you don’t want the fries to get crowded – they’ll burn. Always err on the side of extra oil.

These would be great with ketchup, but I’m more of an aioli/mayonnaise kind of girl.

Fries- serves 2
32 oz (at least- if you have a really big pot, double the amount) peanut oil or safflower oil, refined for high heat
4 yukon gold potatoes, cut into fry shape
kosher salt (or truffle salt)
1 deep pot
optional: 1/4 cup bacon fat (idea from America’s Test Kitchen)

Cut potatoes into “batons” – square off the ends and sides, then cut into equal slivers. Put into pot, add room temperature oil (and bacon fat, if desired), bring to a boil. Cook for 10-15 minutes (do not stir), until fries are lightly browned. Stir with tongs. Check one fry for texture- they may be done at this point. If not, continue to cook, checking every 2 minutes. Put fries on paper towels to drain, salt and serve immediately. Voila.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 13, 2011 4:42 am

    Sounds simple. I think as a meat person, bacon fat would be compulsory for the flavour (and it’s technically just oil when you heat it up).

  2. June 13, 2011 2:40 pm

    Yet another reason I keep clarified bacon fat on hand…

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