Real Potato French Fries- from scratch- the grandma style.…I know, you might laugh..and think that I am crazy to post such an easy recipe out there…but you will be surprised how many people told me that they never had French Fries from scratch before and they do not know how to make them. Too many! So I decided to post the way I make my French Fries!
Coming from Romania, where the potatoes are still a very important staple in every household, I am used to cook them in many ways. For me, making French Fries from scratch, is one of a very easy and fast way to put a side dish on the table next to a salad and a piece of meat. My husband never had French Fries from scratch before either, just the ones you buy at the grocery store in a bag. Frozen. Which we do buy once in a blue moon…but no matter how you put it, the frozen potatoes cannot beat the real ones…ever…at least this is what my husband keeps saying to everyone since he ate the homemade ones. 🙂
I remember the way my grandma used to make them all the time. It was one of the meals we often had for lunch during the summer breaks. She used to fry few eggs, make a simple tomato salad and serve it with french fries. A little bit of crumbled feta cheese on top of the salad and the potatoes and here you had a delicious meal to enjoy!
The trick for crispy French Fries is to peel and cut them first, then keep them in water until you are ready to fry them. The water will remove the starch from the potatoes and you will end up with crispy delicious ones on the table.
So, count about 4 medium potatoes per person. Peel and wash them really well. There are some products in United States that I try to buy organic all the time, and potatoes are one of them. So, if you find organic ones, go for it!
If you don’t have a French Fry cutter(I do not own one), you can always do it by hand, using a knife. Get a cutting board and slice the potatoes in long pieces then lay them flat and cut them into sticks.
Keep the potatoes in water the whole time.
The potatoes should sit in the water for about 25-30 minutes so they have time to release the starch.
Meanwhile, heat up the oil. Make sure you put the pot with oil on the back burner if you have small children. The oil has to be hot, about 350 degrees, so be very careful.
Grab a very clean towel and lay it on the table, then grab some potatoes from the water and dry them on the towel. As you deal with very hot oil, you do not want to have water dripping in your oil so make sure you dry them really well.
Drop them slowly into the oil and let them fry for few minutes until they become golden brown and crispy. Do not crowd them in the pot. They need space to dance in the oil and become crispy. Getting too many potatoes in the pot will lower your oil temperature too much and the potatoes will come out soggy and soft. Not good!
Keep frying them in batches until you finish them. Sprinkle every batch with salt as soon as they come out of the pot.
Note: I made a tomato, cucumber and green onion salad and fried an egg for each of us. Then I served them. Just like my grandma used to do it for us!
Such a simple meal any time of the day!