Sunday, November 16, 2008

Our favorite fries: tutorial

We love potatoes in our family. Baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, potatoes au gratin, twice baked potatoes - any way you can prepare them really - but ESPECIALLY french fries. Whenever I eat at a new restaurant I have to try their french fries to add to my ongoing list of places that I've eaten fries. On our many road trips I often plan our stops around different mom and pop drive-ins and fast food joints just to try their fries. So it was only natural that I wanted to find a really good french fry recipe that I could make at home.

My way of making fries is loosely based on an Ellie Kreiger Garlic Fries recipe that I first saw on Erin Cooks where Erin rustles up some grub. But honestly, I've made this recipe so many times I've tweaked it here and there and made it my own. Plus, I am always adding different things to them - making them a little different every time (for instance, I don't always have fresh garlic cloves in the house). And since my gas oven runs incredibly hot, I dropped the cooking time down. You'll have to experiment to see what works for you.

Here's how we make our fries:


Chop the potatoes into french fry form. This took some practice to figure out the best way to chop them, but what I do is chop a potato in half, then that half into 4 parts, then turn those 4 parts on their side and chop them into fries.


Here's all my potatoes chopped into fry form. I leave the skins on. I guess I should have reminded you to wash your potatoes in water before chopping. Unless you want dirt grit mixed in. I was chopping 4 potatoes for a serving for both Mason and I.


On this day, these were the things that I was adding to my fries. The things you always want to add are: olive oil and salt. Beyond that - it's a free for all. I did garlic salt (since I didn't have cloves) and thyme leaves. I don't really know what thyme tastes like but I like the little green flecks it adds to the fries. Also - my secret ingredient - a little shot of orange infused olive oil. SO good.


What I do is throw all the fries into a bowl, drip some olive oil on top of them, throw on some salt, galic salt, and thyme leaves, then toss the fries up in the air, catching them (mostly) back in the bowl to get the olive oil all over. If the ones on the bottom look a little dry, add some more olive oil on those.


Then spread them all out on your cookie sheet. I usually use a Silpat baking mat but I had just made cookies this day and it was dirty, so I just spread some olive oil on the sheet before throwing the fries down. You don't want them to stick to the sheet, they're a bugger to get unstuck. Make sure they're in a single layer (or as close to a single layer as you can get).


Cook them! I cook them for 25 minutes at 450 degrees. But like I said, my oven is incredibly hot and so you may need a little longer cook time. I forgot to preheat my oven this time so I probably could have left them in a minute or two longer to get them a little more crunchier, but oh well. You might want to grab a fry out before you take the whole pan out to make sure that it's sufficiently cooked all the way through.


Pile them all up on a plate and serve with your favorite dipping sauce. I do a mixture of mayonaise and gourmet BBQ sauce - but you can also do ranch, fry sauce, garlic mayonaise (another favorite), mustard, or even ketchup (gag).

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They'd be perfect for dinner alongside a hamburger, steak, or chicken fingers. Or you can just be like me and eat them for lunch every other day. Even Mason knows now how to toss on the kosher salt for me! Let me know if you plan on making these and how they turn out!


  1. Ohhhhh those look nummy!!

    I tried a new recipe last week for pumpkin pie cheesecake...and it was delicious!!!

  2. This is something that I never have made! I might have to try it out, especially since the last time I was in Utah I bought a HUGE bottle of fry sauce, LOVE it. You know Cali does not have fry sauce :(

  3. Oooh, those look delicious! If I had the energy, I'd get up off the couch and make some.

  4. wow, those look great, i will definitely need to try that out. i love fries too! POP burger in NYC were some of the best I've had!

  5. They look like they'd be a hit in my house! Where do you get the orange infused olive oil?

    I'll try to try the recipe later this week.

  6. That is almost identical to the fries I make!!! YUMMY. Now I need some.

  7. Jill: You should post your recipe for the cheesecake!

    Darc: I know, we use the same fry sauce. Let me know when you run out and I can send you some more!

    Janie: Your kids would love them!

    Cyndie: I've heard there are a ton of little fry shops in NYC! I would LOVE to go there.

    Anjie: They are easy to make! They have the orange olive oil at Harmons, along with a bunch of other flavors (garlic and lemon come to mind, but there are more).

    Holly: Mason LOVES them, I'm sure your boys do too!

  8. I'm so going to try these tomorrow with my basil burgers, they look really good. And what's fry sauce? I live in NH and have never seen it.

  9. Love it! I still use that recipe all the time too, although I top mine with olive oil, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, white pepper, and a little cumin. Spicy! I'm a little embarassed at the state of the pictures in that old post on my blog though ;)

  10. These look so good! With my food allergies I eat a lot of potatoes and always need new ways to cook them! I do this with sweet potato fries with olive oil, salt and pepper, they are SO good! Mix up some melted butter with maple syrup to dip them in...soooo yummy! Exact same temperature and cooking time! I'll let you know how mine turn out, thanks for the great recipe!

  11. We are going to have to try these.

    Sometimes I read your blog and think that we were maybe separated at birth - especially with regards to food.

    French fries and burgers! Oh my.

  12. Ooooo those look delish! Thanks!

  13. I make mine like that too! I like adding a little rosemary with the thyme to mine :)

  14. I'm trying the recipe right now...sans orange infused olive oil and with fresh garlic. The smell is heavenly! My hubby was amazed that I was cooking and that it looked so good! (I haven't cooked dinner in a while)

  15. Ok so I love to make these fries as often as I can with like dinners and stuff... I have also tried it with yukon gold potatos they weren't to amazing... and tonight I tried them with red potatos and they were AMAZING!!!!!!

  16. Erin,
    These look yummy! I'll have to try them out. We don't eat potatoes too often after a bad experience with some rotten potatoes at our grocery store, but I'll have to make a special trip to a different store for these.

    Thanks for writing such a nice note through Flickr. I've been working my way through your archives and I'm really enjoying your adventures. Your son is adorable and your pictures of Utah are gorgeous!

    Can't wait to read more.
    -Sarah (of CraftnClutter)

  17. YUM!! I'm going to try these very soon!



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