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French Fries

You came here for french fries, and french fries you shall get … but first something fun!

On Easter I was given a very special award from the very lovely, and talented beyond belief, Half Baked Baker!

She passed along to me the following award:

 “These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated.”

It also says : “Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.”

So, I am passing this award on to the following eight bloggers because they have been so kind, and because their blogs are absolutely delicious!!

Leela at She Simmers
Kait at Pots and Plots
Patricia at Technicolor Kitchen
Kevin at Closet Cooking
Jenn at Bread + Butter
LK at Healthy & Delicious
Jen at My Kitchen Addiction

There are so many other bloggers I enjoy reading, and my blog roll on the side is a rotating list of the ones I check out on a regular basis.  Check them out along with the eight above because they are very good reads! 

And now … back to fried foods!!

I’m from the South, and there is a belief in these parts that food is better deep fried.  While that may be true there is one food that, when deep fried, reaches the pinnacle of what it can be.  Crisp yet tender, firm yet yielding, the french fry is the ultimate fried food.

  French Fries

As a society, as a culture, we can do far better than the fast food french fry.  It is not difficult to make delicious fries at home.  All you need is a deep pot, peanut oil, some russet potatoes, and salt.  Well, and some ketchup.  I love hot french fries and ketchup.  It is the mouthwatering combo of tangy and salty.  Mmmmm.

French Fries

So, break out your fry pots and slice some potatoes.  We are frying tonight!!

French Fries   Serves 4

4 russet potatoes, peeled and sliced into even strips (between 1/4″ to 1/8″)
Peanut oil, filled to within four inches of the top of the pot
Salt

Rinse the cut potatoes in a collander until the water runs clear.  Put the potatoes into a bowl, cover with water and add ice.  Refigerate for an hour.

Heat the oil over medium low heat, with an deep-frying thermometer, until the oil reaches 325F.  Prepare a sheet pan with a few layers of paper towel for draining the fries once they are cooked.

Raw French Fries - Dried Well

Strain the potatoes and pat them with a clean dish cloth, or paper towels, until they are very dry.  

French Fries in Hot OilFrench Fries - Par Fried

Drop the fries, by the hand full, into the oil and cook until they are golden and soft, about 4 – 6 minutes.  Remove from the oil and drain on the paper towel lined sheet pan.  Repeat with the remaining fries.   Let the potatoes drain for at least twenty minutes or up to an hour.

Increase the heat of the oil to 375F and cook the par cooked fries for 1 – 2 minutes, or until very crisp and golden.  Remove from the oil and immediatly season with salt.

French Fries

Enjoy alone or with the dipping sauce of your choice.  I like plain old ketchup!

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15 Responses to “French Fries”

  1. I’m always torn between baking the fries and frying them. Have you tried baking after par-frying?

  2. Kelly says:

    I have not tried that but I am sure it would be good … when I bake fries I bake them from raw just tossed with some olive oil and some sea salt.

  3. Thanks for mentioning my blog! I really appreciate it.

    Your french fries look delicious. Great, classic recipe!

  4. cool fries!! We love skinny fries but the fat country style ones are great too with some yummy chili and cheese!

  5. jenn says:

    Gosh Kelly, thank you!! ;-p I appreciate it!!

    Fried or baked, I love me a nice batch of fresh cooked fries. Yours turned out nice and crispy. Just the way I like it, most of the time. lol.

    One of the tings I love is when there’s that little bits that stayed a little too long from the last fry and end up being crispier than the rest.

  6. Cheryl says:

    I love french fries. They are my absolute favorite food. They even trump chocolate…and that’s not easy.

  7. Maria says:

    We usually bake our fries but every once in awhile it is nice to indulge! Congrats on your award!

  8. oh my gosh- thank you for the award!!

    those fried look amazing… perfect color

  9. Dana says:

    There is nothing I like more than a fry. In fact, as much as I am tempted to make these, I can’t because I will eat every single one!

  10. Kelly says:

    Dana – I know exactly what you mean. I am, sadly, the same way. I can’t eat just one!!

    LK – You are most welcome! I love your site!

    Maria – Thanks!!

    Cheryl – Chocolate is always #1 for me, but fries are a close second!

    Jenn – You are very welcome! Extra crispy fries are like crack. Mmmm.

    Tasty – Chili cheese fries … oh, now I am hungry again!

    Jen – Of course! Your blog is wonderful!

  11. Kelly, thanks for the kind mention. To quote my grandmother’s benediction, may you live long and prosper. :)

    The fries look amazing. Looking at them at 9:21 pm when I’m winding down for bedtime is real torture.

  12. I’m a sucker for French fries – sometimes I make a huge batch and the hubby and I devour it watching TV. Not healthy, I know, but certainly fun. :D

    Thank you for the award, sweetie – I’m very pleased to receive it from you!

  13. Chaya says:

    Lasat night, I made sweet potato fries in the oven with a little sage and a little pumpkin pie spice and they were delicious.

    For some reason, I don’t think, I ever made baked white potato fries. Have to try it.

  14. Michael says:

    is that a 7.25 le cruset that your using?

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