Sometimes the simplest things are the best and believe me that's doesn't just apply to cooking. Overthinking tends to be a common problem in many walks of life and that's why this week's post is a simple one that truly brings, well, a plate load of pleasure to the table! A big ol' bowl of delicious homemade fries!
As a child and truthfully only up until recently, fries meant frozen fries. Now don't get me wrong, now there are some damn good frozen fry options out there. I find there is something just a TOUCH healthier and also very satisfying about making them yourself. Not to mention they only take about 15 - 20 minutes and correct me if I'm wrong frozen ones can usually take 20 - 30 minutes. Add a touch of seasoning salt and/or some spicy aioli and you are onto a winner. On the note of spicy aioli head on over to my sweet potato wedges recipe and check out my aioli recipe there. It works great with these fries.
I never knew what kipfler potatoes were until I moved to Brisbane. Kinda embarrassing being an Irishman and not knowing about a type of potato! Well, for those of you in the same boat here is a little "bio" on them. They are long & narrow potatoes whose skin is is dusty yellow and they have a smooth waxy flesh. From reading up they are apparently not great for frying or for chips but I'll tell you, and Mrs AnotherFoodBlogger will certainly agree, I have pan-fried them and used them regularly to make fries and they are perfect every time!
So, if you were planning on picking up a few bags of frozen fries for the family at the grocery store this weekend, then why not get a load of kipflers instead. Get the kids to wash them and get them involved in making some delicious homemade fries.
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- 6 kipfler potatoes
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Wash & dry potatoes.
- Cut the potatoes into wedges, insuring all are equal sizes. I usually cut mine in 1/2 and then into 1/4's or if they are slightly smaller then just in 1/2 and then into 1/3's.
- Toss them in a small amount of oil and lay out onto a baking tray.
- Bake in the oven at 220c for 15-20 minutes (size depending).
- Season with salt and bask in the glory of homemade fries!
- chopping board
- sharp knife
- baking tray
- ensure potatoes are cut to similar size so that they cook evenly
- if you don't have kipfler potatoes then you can substitute red skinned potatoes or fingerlings as they are similarly waxy
- if you want a more fluffy texture to your fries then you can use russet or maris piper potatoes
- DON'T season the potatoes before cooking them as the salt will draw out the moisture and not allow them to crisp up well
- seasoning them as soon as they are out of the oven is a must as the salt will coat the potatoes perfectly at this stage
Who doesn't love fries!?
And nothing beats homemade.
Yum. Can't wait to try with your aioli.
That aioli is killer ?