French Fries
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French Fries
  Potato    Side dish  
Last updated 6/12/2012 1:28:49 AM. Recipe ID 64343. Report a problem with this recipe.
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French Fries (or chips) are a well-known element of fast food.


    * potatoes
    * cooking oil
    * paper towels
    * salt


   1. Peel potatoes
   2. Slice potatoes into thin straw-like pieces.
   3. Wash well with water to remove excess starch.
   4. Place fries in a pan with water and simmer/par boil on the stove for about 15 
   5. Sieve and dry fries off.
   6. Deep fry at 175C in vegetable oil or lard/dripping for 4 to 5 minutes to a light 
golden crisp.
   7. Remove and place on plate with paper towels to absorb the leftover cooking oil.
   8. Transfer to another plate if necessary.
   9. Add salt and shake to ensure all french fries are evenly salted.

Notes, tips, and variations

    * Vary the size of the potato slices. Thick wedge shapes become Home Style Fries or 
English Style Chips, while thinly julienned potatoes make for Shoestring Potatoes. 
Cooking times will need to be adjusted.
    * Try adding other spices after cooking. Minced garlic is popular in California 
    * Instead of ketchup, serve with mayonnaise, gravy, barbecue sauce, or salt, 
hummus, & vinegar.
    * For poutine, (a French-Canadian treat,) toss cooked fries with cheese curds and 
smother with gravy.


    * If the oil becomes too hot, it may catch fire. Do not attempt to extinguish it 
with water, as this will cause an explosive reaction. More information on chip pan 
fires can be found here.

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Recipe ID 64343 (Nov 18, 2007)

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