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Over the Top French Fries

A while back I posted an article by my friend Chef David Nelson on How to Make Restaurant Quality French Fries. Chef David, now retired, is a wonderful cooks and teacher so I wanted to post his follow up to his follow up article on how to take your French fries over the top.

Over the Top French Fries

How to Take Your French Fries “Over the Top”

by Chef David Nelson and The Reluctant Gourmet

Once you have mastered the perfect French fry, you will want them all the time. You will want to cook them for your friends. You may wonder…can I make these even better? The good news is…Yes, you can! Let’s look at some simple ways to make your fries even more flavorful and unique.

Seasoning and Flavoring French Fries (Suggestions are for two russet potatoes cooked)

White Truffle French Fries

When the fries come out of the oil for serving, drizzle with a teaspoon of warmed white truffle oil, 1/8 cup of Parmesan cheese run through a micro planer and some salt and pepper.

Toss. Decadent!

Wasabi Dusted French Fries

We found this recipe online some time ago. The chef who created it is Chef Michael C. Brown from the Metro Restaurants in Tucson, AZ. We love it! If you like wasabi, I think you will too.

  • 1 tablespoon wasabi powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sugar.

Blend thoroughly and sprinkle on chips, fries or wedges.

Beach Fries

Some Mid-Atlantic States are known for their “Beach Fries”, which are simply seasoned with Old Bay seasoning after coming out of the fryer.

How to Make Perfect French Fries

Duck Fat French Fries

Just what you think…Potatoes cooked in duck fat are the best. Not for the faint hearted or if you are on a strict diet.

Blanch the fries just like the master recipe and then fry the final batch in duck fat. Season and enjoy. The flavor is amazing.

Ranch Fries

Simply sprinkle Original Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix and Kosher salt over hot fries! Excellent!

Vinegar Fries

When I was a kid, my dad would take us to Palisades Amusement Park in Fort Lee, New Jersey. If you are from the area and grew up in the 60’s, you’ll remember it.

And ever visit I would have to have their French fries topped with vinegar. Loved them, but my dad would only let us have them after we were done with the rides for obvious reasons.

After you are done preparing the fries, toss them with some vinegar, season with salt and that’s it. You can use white wine vinegar but I think at the park they served them with malt vinegar that is made from malted grains of barley.

Garlic Fries

Everyone loves garlic and I’m learning it is heart healthy and can help lower my blood pressure. French fries are so good on their own, but add some quickly fried garlic and wow!

Here’s how you make them. After you make your fries, finely chop three cloves of garlic and add them to the oil you cooked the French fries in for just 20 to 30 seconds. Do not let them burn or get to brown.

In a large bowl, toss the fries with the garlic and a drizzle of olive oil and if you have some grated Parmesan cheese, toss that in too. Season with a little salt and serve right away.

If you want to really take your fries over the top, substitute truffle salt. They will be awesome.

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