When I was traveling in Belguim, I stayed with a family who was extremely proud of their homemade french fries. At the time, I didn’t get it – french fries are french fries, right? Throw some potatoes in oil, and call it good.
Today I know better. I tried to make some fries for the kids for the last day of vacation. We had no activities planned, so I figured that making up some fries would be a special treat. My fries were nothing to be proud of, however. Apparently there is more to the process than throwing some potatoes in oil.
Rather than figure out what I was doing wrong, however, I went a different route. I cut some more potatoes and breaded them, because I knew it would work. And, oh my, they were delicious!
Breaded French Fries:
2 medium potatoes, cut into fries
1/2 C flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
healthy dash of paprika
Mix the flour, salt, pepper, and paprika in a bowl, and then gradually add water until you have a runny batter. Heat oil (in a deep frier, if you have one). Dip fries in batter and then drop one by one into the frier. Fries are done when they float and are a nice golden brown, about 5 – 7 minutes.