Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Homemade Fries

Fries are one of my FAVOURITE comfort foods.  There's something so perfectly satisfying about hot,  crispy, salty spuds ... BUT, is that what you're getting when you place your order?  Well, of course you're getting "potatoes", kind of - but what about all those other hidden ingredients like hydrogenated oils, chemicals and preservatives added for freshness and texture?  Yeah ... GROSS.

So ... my love crispy goodness has led me here ... and believe me, these are the real thing.  I made them for Morgan's sleepover last weekend, and received the comment: "Mrs. Reaume, these are even better than McDs!!"

  • 4-5 large Russet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup oil (corn or canola - which ever you have in your deep-fryer)
  • Seasoning - my favourite is sea salt and pepper
Slice into sticks using a potato cutter.  (This one I bought at Canadian Tire made by Starfrit, but I'm sure they're everywhere).  We prefer thick cut, but you can do thin if you like them extra crispy.  As you slice, put the potato pieces into a large bowl of cold water to prevent browning and wash out some of the starch.

Preheat your oven broiler to 500 degrees.  (You could use a BBQ if you don't want to heat up your kitchen).  Also, preheat your deep fryer to 325 degrees.  Drain the potatoes and rinse them once more with cold water.  Pour oil over the slices and toss to coat. 

Spread onto a cookie sheet and broil for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes start to sweat and feel slightly tender.

Place potatoes in the deep fry basket, and fry for 30 minutes, tossing every 5-10 minutes for even crispiness.  It's great if you have a shelf on your BBQ to do this outside ... and even more perfect if you're making beer can chicken at the same time. :)

When potatoes reach perfection, empty onto a bed of paper towels and season.  This time we decided last minute to for-go the normal salt and pepper, and try this BBQ spice we picked up at Bass Pro on our last Kansas City trip, since we were using it on the chicken as well.

They were amazing!  Amazing ... Amazing ... Amazing ... ok, you get the idea - these are the best!

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