1/4 Photos of French Fries
After much testing, I've found this is the best way to get nice, crispy fries! Since DS thinks fries are a nutritional necessity, I really needed to find the best-tasting way to make these. When money is tight, I have substituted vegetable/canola oil without a major difference in taste, but the peanut oil is best. Prep time does not include soaking time.
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- 1Wash your potatoes, making sure you scrub all the dirt off. Cut any bad spots off the potato.
- 2Slice the potato into 1/4-1/3 inch slices, holding the potato upright while doing so. Turn the potato a quarter turn, and slice it again into 1/4-1/3 inch slices. This will give you perfectly cut fries. (I like to leave the skin on my potatoes, but this is a personal preference). Repeat with each potato.
- 3Place the sliced potatoes into a bowl. Mix 2 tbsp sugar with 2 cups of water, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Pour over the potatoes. Add enough water to cover the potatoes, swirling it around to make sure the sugar is equally distributed. Let the potatoes sit in the water at least 2 hours. (If you leave them more than 3 hours, refrigerate the potatoes and water).
- 4Pour the oil into your dutch oven or pot to about half full. Heat the oil on high. After about 2 1/2 minutes, test the oil by placing a dried fry into the oil -- if it fries vigorously, your oil is ready. Meanwhile, pour the water off the fries and blot with a paper towel. This will cause less oil splatter.
- 5Cook the potatoes in hot oil for 2-3 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels. Repeat until all have been cooked for 2-3 minutes.
- 6Return the first batch of fries to the oil until they are golden brown. Repeat with the other fries.
- 7Sprinkle with onion powder and salt to taste. (We like to use greek seasoning sometimes, and also add pepper sometimes).
- 8Keep them warm in the oven until ready to serve (at my house, they are grabbed from the plate immediately!).
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Nutritional Facts for French Fries
Serving Size: 1 (219 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 188.3
- Calories from Fat 1
- Total Fat 0.1 g
- Saturated Fat 0.0 g
- Cholesterol 0.0 mg
- Sodium 12.8 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 43.5 g
- Dietary Fiber 4.6 g
- Sugars 7.9 g
- Protein 4.3 g