Culinary School Secrets: The Flawless French Fry Recipe

Culinary School Secrets: The Flawless French Fry Recipe
Staff Writer
French Fries
French Fries

The potato stands as the most consumed vegetable in the United States, according to the FAO. Their versatility, nutrient-rich properties, and inexpensive nature makes this starchy snack one of the leading stars on our plates.

When preparing potatoes, keep in mind the two categories: starchy (Idaho-type) and waxy (red bliss).  Since starchy potatoes separate and incorporate air when cooked, they are perfect for mashed potatoes, French fries, etc. Waxy potatoes on the other hand, remain intact when cooked, so they are great for soups and other dishes where whole potato pieces are desired. 

Since the potato and the deep-fryer are such great complements to each other, it is no wonder that the french fry is a staple item on menus throughout the country. From thick-cut steak fries to crispy shoestrings, everyone has their fry of choice, but no one can deny the classic light and airy interior and crispy golden crust of the classic fast-food fry.

Ingredients

  • 2 Idaho potatoes, cut into 2- x 1/4-inch strips
  • Peanut oil (or any other frying oil with a low smoking point)
  • Salt

Directions

Heat the oil to 275 degrees. Poach the potatoes in the oil for about 5 minutes, until the potato is cooked through, but has no color. This will create the light and fluffy center of the fry. This can be done up to an hour in advance.

Next, increase the oil to 370 degrees and fry the potatoes for another minute, or until the outside is golden brown and crispy. Drain on paper towels and immediately sprinkle with salt.

French Fry Shopping Tip

Only buy potatoes that are firm, intact, and without any sprouts or green parts.

French Fry Cooking Tip

Potatoes oxidize quickly; have a bowl full of cold water to put your potatoes after cutting them in order stop them from oxidizing.