Homemade French Fries

Posted by Mandy on July 26th, 2011. Filed under: Appetizers, Fried Foods, Side Dishes, Vegetables.

This may seem like a silly thing to post, but believe it or not there are people out there that don’t know how to make french fries at home. Yep, it’s true. It really is! I always loved my grandmother’s french fries best. Hers were just regular old fries, nothing special, but for some reason hers were always the best. I still remember the brown plastic handled knife we always used to peel the potatoes and slice them for fries. It was the only good knife in her kitchen, and honestly it wasn’t much to work with. She never had fancy gadgets or high-dollar equipment but she could surely turn out some of the best tasting food I ever remember putting in my mouth! It’s the simple things in life, I suppose, which brings me back to this recipe. Nothing special here, but ordinary things in life are sometimes the things that bring us the most joy. :)

In the following picture you’ll see how normal people like to eat fries. My hubby likes them super crispy so I leave his in the oil until they are almost “burnt” (that’s “Southern” for burned) before removing. What a weirdo!

Homemade French Fries

3-4 large baking potatoes (the brown ones)

peanut oil (enough to fill your deep fryer or a large saucepan about half full)

seasoned salt

Heat oil to 350 degrees F. I like to use a deep fryer for the safest frying method but you can also use a large saucepan filled about half full, measuring the temperature with a candy/oil thermometer. Meanwhile, wash potatoes and slice for french fries (the size will depend on how you like your french fries cut, I like to use a french fry cutter for uniform sized fries that cook evenly). Drop the french fries carefully (HOT OIL!) in the oil, cooking in small batches. Cook, stirring every couple of minutes, until the fries are floating in the oil. Remove the fries to a plate covered in paper towels to drain. Immediately sprinkle with seasoned salt. Serve hot.

2 Responses to Homemade French Fries

  1. Tina

    Just another awesome tip…after slicing fries, place them in very cold ice water. This will take out the starch which will allow the potatoes to stay white and become crispier (without the burn)! Drain and pat dry before placing in hot oil.

  2. Mandy

    I’ve never tried that, Tina, thank you! I’ll give that a try next time. :)

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