For those of you who didn’t read my Red Bliss Potato blog post, you may not know that potatoes are my favorite food. Above all else in the world - it all comes down to potatoes for me. And who doesn’t love French Fries?!?? But there's French Fries and then there's Fancy French Fries with Garlic, Butter & Parmesan. I have made so many French Fries in my life and I have to say this recipe is the best of them all.
Why Can't I Make Awesome French Fries? You Might Ask.
You know when you're craving French fries so you slice some potatoes and fry them in a pan? And then they taste okay, but they're not great? That describes most of my French fry making in life. I used to go outside my house when I wanted French fries. But I have now discovered I don't need to do that. I finally caved and tried the double fry method. It's a game changer. This is why I never made awesome fries at home. Double. Fry. Method.
There is also some soaking that needs to happen. This is another reason my French fries never tasted that great. After you cut the fries, they need to soak in water for a minimum of two hours and overnight is fine too. When I made the French Fries for this video, my fries soaked for 4 hours and they were amazing! We need to get some of that starch out of the potatoes so they actually get crispy. So this is why you most likely haven't been able to make awesome fries at home. Oh! And the oil. Must be peanut oil. Really - vegetable oil is okay, but the taste of it feels very specific and I don't always want that. Peanut oil is the other game changer when preparing French fries.
Why You Should Make These at Home
Even though I love potatoes, I am definitely a Little Miss Picky Pants when it comes to French fries. I mean… French. Fries. They are one of the most indulgent things you can eat. And while I love a good fast-food fry - they're not consistent enough for me. The price of fast-food fries is going up and the quality and hot-ness is going down. If I'm paying $3-4 at McDonald's for French fries, they better be fresh and HOT. Often, they are not.
Five Guys fries is another story. They are made to order every time and they are always hot and fresh and awesome, albeit waaaaayyyy too salty. But I mention them because of the hand-cut factor. This is what sets truly great French fries apart from the rest. What you get in a restaurant is most likely put together in some kind of food factory, mass-produced, stuffed into bags and frozen.
We can buy russet potatoes at the grocery store pretty cheap and who doesn't have frying oil around? And cheap, store-bought shaker cheese for spaghetti nights? It's never been easier or more cost-effective to make your own French Fries at home. So what are you waiting for?Print