Homemade French Fries with Fresh Garlic and Dill from @loveandoliveoil

You can’t have a proper hot dog without a proper french fry. And much like last week’s potato chips, I’ve never made proper fried fries before now. Baked, yep, but again, like the potato chips, it’s just not the same. Fry imposters. Basically baked potatoes.

The key? These fries aren’t just fried once, but twice, which makes them extra crispy, just how I like ’em. This basic recipe is from food blogger Russell van Kraayenburg’s new cookbook, Haute Dogs, all about, you guessed it, hot dogs (although, as I type this the cats are sitting here glaring at me, wondering why they aren’t called ‘hot cats’ because clearly that would be superior).

Homemade French Fries with Fresh Garlic and Dill from @loveandoliveoil

We chose to spice (herb?) up Russell’s classic fry by tossing them with fresh garlic, dill, and fine sea salt. You could use other herbs, thyme or rosemary for example, or grated parmesan cheese, or, like he suggests in the book, sprinkle them with some wasabi powder for a real kick in the pants. Heck yes.

Homemade French Fries with Fresh Garlic and Dill from @loveandoliveoil

I’m excited to be a part of the “blog tour” celebrating the book’s release on April 29th. I, together with Russell and three other food bloggers, will each be making one part of one of the more intriguing dog recipes in the book, the Ecuadorian Street Dog. If that sounds interesting, just wait until you see the dozens of other unique dog recipes that fill the pages of this book. Be sure to click through for your chance to win a copy of your own!

To get the full recipe for the Ecuadorian Street Dog, you’ll need to hop around a bit, but it’s worth it in the end, I promise! Be sure to check out Endless Simmer for the Salsa Verde, Boulder Locavore for the Spicy Aji Sauce, Food in Jars for homemade condiments (ketchup, mustard, AND mayo), and this Thursday, author Russell van Kraayenburg of Chasing Delicious will top if off with his recipe for homemade hot dog buns and the hot dog itself (from scratch).

Homemade French Fries with Fresh Garlic and Dill

Yield: 4 side servings

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients:


  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, unpeeled

  • 1 quart vegetable or peanut oil

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

  • 2 tablespoons finely minced fresh garlic (from 6-8 cloves)

  • fine sea salt, to taste


Directions:


  1. Cut potatoes lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices, and then cut slices into sticks about 1/4 inch wide. Alternatively, you can use a mandoline with a fry blade to speed up the process.

  2. Soak potatoes in cold water for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, heat oil to 300 degrees F in a large pot.

  3. Transfer potatoes to a towel or paper towels and dry thoroughly. Cover a countertop, baking sheet, or large serving platter with fresh paper towels.

  4. Working in batches, add potatoes to pot (do not overcrowd) and fry for 5 to 8 minutes, until light golden and cooked through. Transfer fries to paper towels to drain while you cook the remaining potatoes.

  5. When all potatoes have been fried, increase oil temperature to 375 degrees F.

  6. Just before serving, fry potatoes a second time, working in batches, until golden brown, about 2 to 4 minutes.

  7. Using a large slotted spoon or fry basket, drain and transfer hot fries to a large bowl with garic and dill. Sprinkle generously with sea salt and toss to coat. Doing this immediately when the fries are out of the oil will help the toppings to stick. Serve immediately.


Recipe from Haute Dogs by Russell van Kraayenburg.


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  5. Hot dogs are my thing. A little bit of cheese with tomatoes. I throw in some bacon with a little bit  of relish. It gives that baseball game taste.

  6. Hot dogs with a nice chicken flavor with a little bit of grind up parsley.

  7. Hot dogs with some a little lemon taste to give that steak feel.

  8. I do love me some hot dogs that are covered in marinara sauce with meatballs so it feels like a meatball sub

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  11. Bacon-wrapped with peppers and onions. LA style

  12. I love freanch fries.. I would like to prepare this.

  13. I’m a purist just mustard for me.

  14. Just letting you know I’ve featured your Homemade French Fries with Fresh Garlic and Dill recipe on my blog. Thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe!

  15.  Simple// ketchup, mustard and raw onions. Keeping it classic.

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  18. hot dogs are best with mustard, dill relish, and diced onion!

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  32. Carmelized onions and melty cheese..any kind will do! To me, it is all about the bun.  Fresh, homemade, please!  

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  43. If there is one thing you need to try on french fries, it’s mint. I tried it because my roomate and I put mint on everything. But seriously, on french fries, it’s just amazing.

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