Is there anything better than a big handful of Homemade French Fries? I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t love a good fry. Whether you’re on team thick cut, skinny cut, or somewhere in the middle, everyone loves a good homemade french fry!
Honestly, I’ll eat fries any way you serve them but I prefer skinny cut, think match sticks. Really, the skinner the fry, the better it is (in my opinion)! But I’ll also eat the nice home-style, oven baked fry.
Just gimme a plate of carbs, honestly. I’m not too picky. I have favorite cuts, sure, but just serve me some darn fries. 😛
Anytime we make fries in my house, I’m instantly taken back to summers in Mississippi. We always had a house full. Like, bursting at the seems full. Whether they were cousins or just close friends, everyone was at our house during the summers.
Luckily, we had a pool and a pool house. In the afternoons, that’s where everyone gathered around. Kids were screaming, running, and playing in the pool while the adults kicked back and started on supper.
I can think of lots of different foods that we made and ate but the one that sticks in my head the most (besides crawfish) is hamburgers with our Sourdough Hamburger Buns and french fries.
I remember everyone running into the kitchen to grab a fry as my mom was taking them out of the hot oil!
Now, it’s still the same. Definitely not as many people in the house but anytime my mom or I make fries, we’re munching on them as we’re working. It’s really a wonder we have any left for dinner sometimes!
How to make french fries
With patience. If you don’t have a mandoline, chopping these potatoes will take time. I really, really recommend buying a mandoline if you are a french fry lover. It takes out all the hassle. You can do thick cut or match sticks and be done with prep in 5-10 minutes!
Another step to be-wary of is the heating of the oil. You don’t want it so cold that your fries just sit there and absorb so much grease, but you also don’t want it to be so hot that you burn your house down. Here is where I recommend using a thermometer. Using a thermometer can help you significantly when cooking with grease.
We par fry our french fries so that grease needs to be around 300 degrees. Too hot, you may cook your fries a little more than need be. Too cold, you’re just gonna have fry full of grease. You need it at 300 could it’ll take about two minutes for the fry to be perfect.
Once you finish par frying all your fries, let them drain on paper towels. You can par fry early on and wait until later in the day to fry them. So, whenever you’re ready to fry, reheat that oil to 350 degrees or so. It can be a little hotter so don’t panic if it goes over a little.
Frying them at 350 take about 3 or 4 minutes for them to reach the perfect golden brown. Turn them out on to fresh paper towels and let them drain. From here, season them and enjoy!
Can you freeze homemade french fries?
Absolutely! But you do have to put a little effort in beforehand. You have to par fry your fries before you freeze them. It’s a little extra effort, I know but it’ll be worth it in the future! Imagine, having a craving for the french fries and all you have to do is heat up some oil, grab a few fries from the freezer, cooking them, and in less than 20 minutes, you have homemade fries!! I mean, c’mon! What could be better than that?
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Homemade French Fries
- 8 medium potatoes, skinned
- Oil, for deep frying, such as vegetable oil
- Salt and Pepper
- optional 1 Tablespoon chopped parsley
- Gather all ingredients.
- Peel potatoes and slice accordingly (we use a mandoline).
- Place fries in a bowl of cold water.
- Heat oil to 300 degrees.
- Take a handful of the french fries and dry them off with a paper towel.
- Carefully place fries into the hot oil.
- Par fry for 2 minutes.
- Turn fries out onto paper towels to drain.
- Repeat steps 5-8 until there are no more remaining fries.
- When ready to cook, heat oil to 350.
- Carefully place fries into the hot oil.
- Fry for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown.
- Turn fries out onto paper towels.
- Repeat steps 11-13 until there are no more remaining fries.
- Finish with salt and pepper.
- Serve and enjoy!
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.