Monday, January 26, 2009

Homemade french fries

I've always avoided deep frying things at all costs. It just seems scary and messy. I always try to bake things instead of frying, such as egg rolls, potato wedges, and carnitas.

The hubz was craving a good homemade burger, so while he made the burgers, I worked on the fries and decided to finally face my deep frying fears. And you know what? It really wasn't bad at all! I'm definitely going to be frying more often in the future (maybe not such a good thing for my waistline, but whatever).

The key to great homemade french fries is to fry them twice. As you can see, after the first fry, they're pasty white and a bit on the soggy side.

They remind me of In-N-Out fries, so if you like that style, stop after the first fry. But if you want them to be crispier and more golden brown, fry it a second time for these results -

- Potatoes (as many as you'd like)
- Oil (one bottle 48 oz)
- Salt to taste

1. Cut the potatoes into strips.
2. Heat the oil in a cast iron pot until it reaches 325 degrees (The cast iron is important because it holds the heat and also brings the oil back up to temp quicker than regular pots). If you have an actual deep fryer, that works too.
3. Slide the potatoes slowly into the oil to avoid hot oil splattering onto your hands. Do them in batches of about one potato at a time. This will give the potatoes enough room to cook and not stick together. It will also limit how much the oil temperature drops per batch.
4. Turn up the heat to high to bring the oil back to temp.
5. Using a wire spider, stir the potatoes around gently. Then remove the potatoes onto a wire cooling rack after about 3 minutes.
6. Bring the oil back up to 325 and repeat steps 3-5 until all the potatoes have been fried once.
7. Bring the oil up to 375 degrees.
8. Slide the potatoes back into the oil in batches of about one potato at a time. Make sure the heat is on high so that the oil comes back up to 375 asap.
9. Stir the potatoes with your spider and remove when they are golden brown and crispy.
10. Sprinkle them with a bit of salt or whatever other seasonings you would like while the fries are still hot.
11. Repeat steps 8-10 until all the fries are beautifully golden brown and crispy. Serve while still hot!


What's Cookin Chicago said...

That meal looks so good... mmm, who can resist burgers and fries?!

Christo Gonzales said...

I have been craving these, have you been reading my mind?

Anonymous said...

I have made my own baked french fries, but never actually fried them. These look great!

Reeni said...

They look soooo good!! I wish I had that for dinner! I don't like frying either it's so messy, but sometimes worth it.

Dragon said...

I think I'd eat just the fries. They look so good.

That Girl said...

I think I'm most impressed with your stripping abilities! My fries are never such perfect strips!

Karen said...

The fries look great! I don't much like to deep fry stuff either - the mess!

MaryBeth said...

This dinner looks so darn good, we love a good fry in our house. YUMMO!!!

Unknown said...

LOVE the homemade fries. Actually, the whole meal looks great! My husband and children would be in Heaven, Heaven I say!