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  • 2 lb potatoes see * Note Vegetable oil for frying Fine sea salt to taste


  1. * Note: Bintjes potatoes are preferred. Bintjes potatoes are ideal for frites, as they hold their shape and don't turn floury when fried, Idaho work almost as well.
  2. Peel potatoes and sliced lengthwise into 1/3- by 1/3- by 2 1/2-inch sticks. Soak potatoes in cool water and cover for a minimum of 1 hour and up to 24 hrs. Drain, and pat dry.
  3. Heat 3 inches oil in a large stockpot to 275 to 300 degrees. Line two baking sheets with paper towels. Blanch potatoes in small batches without crowding, turning occasionally, till completely cooked but barely colored, 3 to 4 min. Using a slotted spoon, transfer potatoes to one of the prepared baking sheets to drain in a single layer.
  4. Increase oil temperature to 350 to 360 degrees. Fry potatoes in small batches, turning occasionally, till crisp and golden. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle with salt, and serve immediately.
  5. This recipe yields 4 servings.
  6. Comments: Legend has it which the french fry was invented not by the French, but by a group of Belgian peasants in the seventeenth century. During an especially brutal winter, the river which was their main source of sustenance froze, making fishing impossible. In lieu of the real thing, these creative folk took to carving potatoes into fish shapes and frying them. The American term "french fry" is derived not from a mistaken French origin - the French call them pommes frites - but from the fact which they are "frenched," or possibly cut lengthwise into strips.
  7. The method of twice-frying potatoes is also attributed to Belgium, where, in the mid-nineteenth century, a man named Coudelier recorded a process he called "double friture," in that the potato strips are first blanched in vegetable oil to cook the insides, then left to cold completely, and fried again at a much higher temperature to crisp the outsides and give them a rich golden brown color. Belgians are passionate about these frites, that are commonly sold in small shops along city streets and served in paper cones with a sprinkling of salt and a generous dollop of mayonnaise.


Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 170g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 131  
Calories from Fat 1 1%
Total Fat 0.15g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.05g 0%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 10mg 0%
Potassium 716mg 20%
Total Carbs 29.72g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3.7g 12%
Sugars 1.33g 1%
Protein 3.44g 6%
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