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Pommes Frites

Posted by jwpiper on January 4, 2009

Good fries in the US are few and far between, I think. They’re either too soggy or overcooked – and that’s if they’re fresh. We won’t even discuss the fast food variety. Now, frites in Belgium are plentiful and in my experience almost universally delicious. Frites and mayonnaise and in some cases a brown sauce (ideally provided by Carbonnades Flamandes) are one of those pleasures which I seek out when there. Here’s my attempt to bring that home.

Pommes Frites

Ingredients:
5 large potatoes
2 quarts canola oil
salt

Preparation:
Cut the potatoes into 1/4″ strips along the long dimension of the potato.
Soak in water, rinse and repeat until the water is clear.
Dry throughly on towels.

Bring the oil up to 350 degrees.
Fry the potatoes in batches for 3-4 minutes until cooked.
Spread on paper towels and allow to cool to room temperature.

Bring the oil up to 375 degrees.
Fry the potatoes in batches for 1-2 two minutes until crisp and golden.
Toss with generous amounts of salt while hot and fresh out of the oil.
Place on a bread rack in a 200 degree oven.

Comments:
I made this with half the oil with reasonably good success. Using less oil requires smaller batches and more finesse with the heat level to maintain the proper temperatures.

Optionally, refrigerate or freeze after the first fry and before the second until ready to eat.

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2 Responses to “Pommes Frites”

  1. […] dinner we had Carbonnades Flamandes and pomme frites with mayonnaise paired with a winter dubbel, Belgian Winter Ale, from Barrel House in Cincinnati. […]

  2. […] Beer, and Travel a dump from the mind of Jon Piper « Christmas in Belgium Pommes Frites […]

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