Ah, the French fry, crispy and salty on the outside, hot and delicious on the inside! Whether you eat them alone or dip them in their number one condiment, ketchup, French fries are at the top of most of our "Got to have it" junk food lists. When was the last time you enjoyed these palatable potatoes? If it's been awhile, you may want to have some soon.
French fries are the number one side dish to the hamburger; just as the "Chip" (another name for a French fry), is the side-kick to fish and chips. But French fries are not just a side dish; they can also be enjoyed as a main dish. Topped with chili and some melted cheddar cheese, or with cheese alone; some people also like eating them drenched in gravy. Whether you choose to top, dip or drench them, French fries always add enjoyment to a meal!
There are different types of French fries; crinkled cut fries, curly fries, Jo Jo fries, matchstick fries, shoestring fries, steak fries, sweet potato fries, thick-cut fries, and wedge-cut fries. (The difference between the wedge and thick or steak fry is that the potato skin is left on the wedge.) No matter how you like to eat them, French fries are one of the most consumed comfort foods!
If you are like most of us, you probably have a favorite restaurant or fast food place where you can indulge your French fry craving. But why go out when you can make fantastic French fries in your own home? All you need to know is the secret to making great tasting French fries!
There is a special technique to making great French fries, you must first blanch the potatoes, then fry twice.
Great Tasting French Fries:
Step # 1: Peel and cut potatoes into 1/4 by 1/4-inch thick slices. Rinse cut potatoes in a large bowl with cold water until the water rinses clear. Cover with 1-inch of water and ice and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
Step # 2: Blanch potatoes for 3 minutes. (Blanching is a cooking process where vegetables are quickly cooked in boiling water then "shocked" by immediately plunging them in ice cold water.)
Step # 3: Transfer potatoes to a sheet tray and dry them.
Step # 4: When the potatoes are dry, place them in peanut oil that has been heated to between 300° and 325°. Cook for approximately 5 to 7 minutes, just until the potatoes are soft and begin to turn a blond color. Use a slotted spoon or skimmer and carefully remove the fries from the oil and drain on paper towels.
(After step # 4, you can refrigerate the potatoes overnight or freeze them in an airtight container for up to 3 months.)
Step # 5: Increase the oil temperature to between 375° and 400°, and fry a second time. Cook until the French fries are a golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined bowl, season with salt and serve immediately.
That's all there is to it, that's the secret to making great tasting French fries, enjoy!
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