Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Homemade Seasoned Fries

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This recipe comes to you courtesy of Man in Apron. Okay, he wasn't wearing an apron, but he is a man! My husband makes these amazing homemade seasoned french fries, and I had to share the recipe. They taste like something from a restaurant, but...they're not. Amazing, right? I got me a keeper!

My family of four boys can eat me out of house and home, so I try to use fillers to keep them full.

Translation: We eat a lot of potatoes.

Luckily they like potatoes and potatoes are cheap! We do some sort of burger meal a week (sloppy joes, cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, etc) and I've been doing my same old oven fries forever. My husband decided to change things up though, and we won't be going back to oven fries anytime soon!

These fries are a tiny bit a labor of love, but they aren't awful, especially when I made sloppy joes for dinner, which takes about 3 seconds to make. I can make fries for heaven's sake!!

*Note: I used a mandolin to slice the potatoes. If you don't have one, just slice your potatoes by hand into the size of French Fries. It won't take that long, I promise!
Wash and peel your potatoes. Cut your potatoes to the size you like. I try to make them about the size of fries you get in fast-food restaurants.
Place the fries in a bowl of cold water while you prepare the batter and oil.
Combine one cup of flour with 3 tsp seasoning and 1 tsp salt. I used 4 tsp of Johnny's seasoning salt (it already has salt in it) but you can do a combo of any seasoning you like: garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, chili powder, cumin, oregano, etc. It all depends on what flavor you are going for!
Whisk your flour mixture with about 1/2 cup of water. You want it to be a little runnier than pancake batter.
Dip fries in batter one at a time. When oil is hot, dip fries in one at a time so they don't clump together. They shouldn't be touching at first, but once they start to brown up it's okay. Let them fry up until golden and crispy. Remove and let them drain on a paper towel.
Yum!! Seasoned Fries!
Serve with your favorite sauce (we love fry sauce - 1/2 ketchup and 1/2 mayo mixed!)

Homemade Seasoned Fries
by Girls in Aprons

2 to 3 pounds russet potatoes
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
3 tsp seasonings (a combo of different seasoning, like 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, and 1 tsp oregano) or seasoning salt
1/2 cup water
Vegetable oil

Wash and peel potatoes.Cut into fry slices (or use a mandolin). Place cut potatoes into a bowl of cold water while you prepare the batter and oil.

In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour with the salt and seasonings. Mix in half cup water with whisk until it's at runny pancake batter consistency. If you can drizzle it with a spoon you're good!

Pour oil in a large pan about 1/4 inch thick. Heat over medium high heat. When hot, dip a fry in the batter and place potatoes one at a time in oil so they don't clump together. Make sure they potatoes aren't touching at first, but once they start browning up it's fine. Fry potatoes until brown and crispy, and remove to drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Serve warm. Makes about servings.

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