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Simple Homemade Fries Can Be Fun

Who doesn't love french fries. They're so yummy, yet, they're so easy to make. Simple potato fries can be made easily at home. At the same time, you can be creative and give them whatever seasoning or topping that pleases you.

Best Type of Potatoes for Making French Fries


The most common type of potatoes that you can use to make fries is the Russet potato. There's really no need to look elsewhere. Just get medium to large-size Russet potatoes and slice them up into pieces.

Baked Russet Potato Fries

But sweet potatoes also make fantastic fries.

Sweet Potato Fries

You can slice up the fries by hand using a kitchen knife. But there are things that you could use such as a mandoline to make things easier.


Use a MANDOLINE for Easy Slicing of Potatoes into Fries

Baking or Frying French Fries


Baking french fries is my preferred way of cooking fries.  It's less oily and presumably healthier than deep or pan fried.  Just like the baked sliced potatoes, preparing fries for baking requires washing them to get rid of starch that makes the potato sticky and gooey.

Baked French Fries

Here's a recipe for great tasting zesty baked fries: http://www.food.com/recipe/zesty-oven-baked-fries-74730

French fries can also be deep fried or fried in a pan of oil.  I've cooked it that way a few times and the they come out crispier, but must be eaten right away, else they become soggy.

French Fries Cooking in Deep Fryer

You can always use an oil-less deep fryer for fries, onion rings, etc.


Use an OIL-LESS Fryer for Deep Frying

OR

Make French fries using T-fal Actifry which only needs a tablespoon of oil to make low fat fries.


Seasoning and Toppings for French Fries


Making Garlic Fries

I like to eat fries with more than just salt and ketchup.  Most of the time, I make garlic fries.

Homemade Garlic Fries

Ingredients:
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 large baking potatoes, 12 ounces each
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
The recipe is found here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/garlic-fries-recipe/index.html

Making Cajun Fries


Spicy Cajun Fries

For these delicious cajun fries, see here.

Aside from seasonings, it's also popular to eat and serve french fries with toppings and/or side dips.  Two of the popular flavors are cheese and gravy toppings.

Cheesy Bacon Fries


Cheesy Bacon Fries

Melted shredded cheddar cheese liberally poured over baked fries with sprinkles of bacon bits.

Gravy over French Fries


Brown Gravy over French Fries

French fries topped with brown gravy and scallions is delicious.  No special recipes needed.  A store bought packet is all that's needed for a yummy snack.


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