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I grew up on homemade french fries. they were good, but a lot of work. So I've feed my family fries from the freezer section. Now I got a gadget that slices up my potatoes into french fries! But homemade french fries are not crisp like the boughten ones. And we are doing a fish and chips fry this weekend, and DH has an outside deepfrier for the homefries. Is there anyway I can get my fries to be crispy?
Here is Emeril's method. I've heard that the 2 fryings are the key. If you Google it, there are several suggestions, but this is better than coating them with flour!!! as suggested in a couple of recipes.
Rinse cut potatoes in a large bowl with lots of cold running water
until water becomes clear. Cover with water by 1-inch and cover with
ice. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day.
In a deep-fryer, heat the oil to 325 degrees F. Be sure not to fill the oil beyond the maximum fill line.
Drain ice water from cut fries and wrap potato pieces in a clean
dishcloth or tea towel and thoroughly pat dry. Add fries, a handful at
a time, to the hot oil. Fry, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are
soft and limp and begin to turn a blond color, about 6 to 8 minutes.
Use the basket to carefully remove fries from the oil and set aside to
drain on paper towels. Let rest for at least 10 minutes or up to 2
When ready to serve the French fries, reheat the oil to 350
degrees F. Transfer the blanched potatoes to the hot oil and fry again,
stirring frequently, until golden brown and puffed, about 1 to 2
minutes. Transfer to paper lined platter and sprinkle with salt and
pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.
Char, I'd definately go for Emirel's recipe! and be sure to
cut them small ( the 1/4" dice) I dont' do much deep frying, but if I
ever do FF's again, I'm gonna use this recipe. I don't think you
could go wrong with it and be sure and use the peanut oil, I'm pretty
sure it has the highest smoke point and that grease needs to stay hot.
The oil has to be hot and they take a long time to get crisp but they will. It also depends on the type of potato you are using.
Thanks for the recipe, that will be the one I will use. Unfortunately, where I live, all you can get for peanut oil is about a 250ml bottle of it for outrageous price! I hear you can buy it in much larger, and much cheaper quantities in the US. I'll use the same oil that I do for deep frying turkeys, that will work, but wont' give quit as good flavour I'm guessing.
Char you can bake them & get them crisp. If you use a hot pan (preheat it in the oven) and toss your fries with some seasoning and a little cornstarch - they will crisp up. Cooks Country has a recipe for Oven Roasted potatoes that I follow - I just cut the potatoes into fries instead. Tomorrow I'll look up the recipe for you. I need to look in the book, lol - I stopped subscribing to the website.
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Homemade Crispy Seasoned French Fries
SUBMITTED BY: Cassie PHOTO BY: Tara
"My family loves French fries and with 4 children the bag fries from the store just weren't enough and became too expensive. So I tried batter - after all it makes chicken, shrimp, and onion rings crispy so why not potatoes. Now even my husband can't get enough of these French fries. They even stay crispy when you reheat in the microwave."
Classic French Fries
4-5 large russet potatoes
Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
In a large dutch oven heat oil to 320 degrees.
Peel potatoes and EVENLY cut fries into 1/4" x 1/4" strips of equal length.
Place in a large bowl of cold water as you're slicing.
Drain potatoes thoroughly, removing any excess water.
When oil reaches 320 degrees, submerge the potatoes in the oil.
Working in small batches, fry for 2 to 3 minutes until they are pale and floppy.
Remove from oil, drain, and cool to room temperature.
Increase the temperature of the oil to 375 degrees.
Re-immerse fries and cook until crisp and golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove and drain on roasting rack.
Season with kosher salt.
Once again this is done is small batches and will need to be kept warm in the oven until all potatoes are fried.
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