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French Fries Two Ways

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Course Side Dish
Yields: 4 servings
Recipe by Tessa Arias

Ingredients

For the French Fries:

  • 4 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch batons
  • 2 quarts peanut oil

For Garlic Fries:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

For Seasoned Fries:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun or Creole spice mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions

For French Fries:

  1. Rinse the cut fries with cold water until the water runs clear. Place in a large bowl and cover with water. Refrigerate for at least 45 minutes or up to 3 days.
  2. In a large heavy bottomed pot heat the oil over medium-high heat to 325°F. Drain the fries from the water and pat as dry as possible with a clean kitchen towel. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the fries to the oil, working in batches if needed. Fry, stirring with a spider, until the fries are limp and soft, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove the fries to a paper-towel lined plate. At this point the fries can stand at room temperature for 2 hours or be frozen in an airtight container for up to 1 month.
  3. Increase the heat of the oil to 350°F. Add the fries back to the oil, working in batches if needed, and continue to cook until the fries are golden brown, 2 to 5 minutes. Transfer the fries to another paper towel lined plate. Season with salt or one of the variations below.

For Garlic Fries:

  1. Melt the butter in a small nonstick skillet over low heat then add the garlic, stirring constantly, until the mixture is fragrant and the garlic is cooked but not burnt, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in parsley and Parmesan. Toss the mixture with hot fries and serve.

For Seasoned Fries:

  1. Combine all ingredients. Sprinkle generously over hot fries and serve.

Recipe Notes

French Fry recipe from The New Best Recipe