I love French Fries. Sprinkled with seasoned salt, dipped in mayo and mustard, with a healthy dose of malt vinegar, French Fries have to be the best thing created by God and perfected by man. One can make a meal of fries by simply adding cheese, bacon, and sour cream. I know, Himself and I have done it before. And how about chili cheese fries 5e4ufidjvkcxn… whoa I just slid off my chair and hit my chin on the key board. That’s what fries do to me. I have a little puddle of drool in my lap as I type. While living in Europe, my sister-in-law, Ellen and I took a trip up to Belgium to shop in the village of Tongeren, where one can get the best antique deals. Some of the antiques are older than our country! We had an amazing dinner while in Belgium; Mussels and Pommes (French Fries). To die for. I better be careful or I’ll swoon again if I bring up any of my eating experiences while in Belgium. Pan Chocolat. I’m feeling weak…
There is really no recipe for making French Fries, just some rules:
1. Cut the fries as evenly as possible. No peeling necessary.
2. Be sure to use a heavy pot such a a Dutch oven. Mine is 7.5 quarts.
3. Be sure to use enough oil. I used a little under 1/2 gallon.
4. Be sure to get your grease hot enough before frying. About 350-375 degrees, using a thermometer helps. Set you cooktop to medium to medium high heat. The temperature will drop significantly once you add the fries, that is normal.
5. While you are waiting for the grease to heat, soak potatoes to prevent blackening. I used a salt and sugar mixture, kinda like a brine.
6. Just prior to frying, drain potatoes well. I stood mine up in my salad spinner and spun them like crazy.
7. Fry in small batches. I probably fried about 2 potatoes worth of fries at a time. I made two batches.
8. Never leave fries unattended! While they are frying, that is. Don’t leave them unattended period! Someone may get them all.
9. Once the fries are golden, remove and drain on paper towels. Season with salt or a seasoned salt.
10. Let oil cool completely before draining pot into a container so that grease can be reused or discarded.
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