Thursday, February 3, 2011

Home Fries

At the Goldrush Cafe where I grew up you can special order these fries. They are thick cut by hand with the skins left on and deep fried to perfection. Home fries are the perfect accompaniment to a juicy burger or a club sandwich, and they pack a real punch when you're craving fries. It doesn't get much better than these...well unless they're crinkle cut, or waffle, or shoestring... I have a thing for french fries I guess. Make these for now, and don't forget the jalapeno ranch for dipping.

Home Fries
(printable recipe)

russet potatoes
canola oil for frying
salt & pepper or french fry seasoning to taste

Now, there's a method for making these just right (assuming you don't have a deep fryer). It's a 3-part process:
First microwave your potatoes for 4-5 minutes each. We found that one potato at a time for about 4 minutes was just the right amount of time to precook. You want them to be easy to slice but will still hold their shape.
Then as each one is ready, cut into thick fries. You can cut these however you like but I prefer the fry to be the length of the potato and about 1/2" thick. Fry batches in hot oil until golden brown and drain on paper towels.
Once these are done bake in a single layer at 400 degrees until crisp, about 5-10 minutes. While they are still warm season with salt & pepper or fry seasoning (recipe below) to taste.

Serve with jalapeno ranch or your favorite dipping sauce. These also go great with steak!

French Fry Seasoning
(printable recipe)

2 tsp. seasoned salt (like Lawry's)
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. cayenne

Combine and sprinkle over hot fries.


  1. I would never have thought of the microwave step, but now that you mention it, it makes perfect sense!

  2. do you think this method would work w/ sweet potato's?