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