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Homemade French Fries with Fresh Garlic and Dill (and a Haute Dogs Giveaway!)

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.

And now, because you totally need an over-the-top hot dog, er, excuse me, HAUTE dog, to go with those fries… today’s your lucky day, because Quirk Books has generously offered up THREE copies of Haute Dogs to lucky L&OO readers!

Giveaway is now closed.

Thanks for entering!

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Giveaway open to residents of the United States and Canada only. Void where prohibited. Winner will have 48 hours to respond otherwise an alternate winner will be chosen. Bonus entry requirements will be verified if selected as the winner, otherwise an alternate winner will be chosen. Giveaway sponsored by Quirk Books. As always, all opinions written are purely my own.

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    Karen Lynch
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 8:55 pm

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    Karen Lynch
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 8:59 pm

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  3. 203
    leanna
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Mustard and oniins

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    leanna
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 9:20 pm

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  5. 205
    Jeremiah Manoppo
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    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.

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  6. 206
    Jeremiah Manoppo
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 9:57 pm

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

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    Jeremiah Manoppo
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 10:06 pm

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

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  8. 208
    Jeremiah Manoppo
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    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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    Jeremiah Manoppo
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    Emily H.
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Bacon-wrapped with peppers and onions. LA style

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  12. 212
    Posted On May 15, 2014 at 4:56 am

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

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  13. 213
    Leona M
    Posted On May 15, 2014 at 5:48 am

    I’m a purist just mustard for me.

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  14. 214
    Posted On May 15, 2014 at 7:25 am

    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!

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  15. 215
    Lindsay
    Posted On May 15, 2014 at 8:58 am

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

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  16. 216
    Erin
    Posted On May 15, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Cheese, mustard and mayo!

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    Erin
    Posted On May 15, 2014 at 11:45 am

    I’m an email subscriber

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  18. 218
    davis ann
    Posted On May 15, 2014 at 11:48 am

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

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  19. 219
    kristin mikottis
    Posted On May 15, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    although i thoroughly enjoy a fancy schmancy hotdog, at heart i’m a classic mustard gal!

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    kristin mikottis
    Posted On May 15, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    already subscribed!

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  21. 221
    Carolsue
    Posted On May 15, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    I like hotdogs with mustard, ketchup, and lots of onions. Sometimes jalapenos if I’m feeling brave. Almost anything but sauerkraut. Ugh.

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    Carolsue
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  24. 224
    Posted On May 16, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Crab dip on a hot dog is my favorite.

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    Posted On May 16, 2014 at 6:50 am

    I already subscribe.

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  26. 226
    Karla G
    Posted On May 16, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I actually love a grilled dog with just plain mustard! Other combos are good too, but I love this classic the most.

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  27. 227
    Karla G
    Posted On May 16, 2014 at 9:14 pm
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    Susan Broughton
    Posted On May 17, 2014 at 9:05 am

    I’m nothing special I like it either two ways one with chili and mustard and the other with sauerkraut and mustard.

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  29. 229
    Katy
    Posted On May 17, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Ketchup and relish…yum!

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  30. 230
    Pam
    Posted On May 18, 2014 at 2:45 am

    Chili Cheese with Jalapenos

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    Pam
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    Pam
    Posted On May 18, 2014 at 2:47 am

    @WhamBP

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  33. 233
    Terry Covington
    Posted On May 18, 2014 at 4:38 am

    My favorite combo (in fact, I like the combo better than the hot dog!) is lots of chopped onion, dill relish, and Dijon mustard. It has to be dill relish, not sweet. But this chance to win the book is very sweet — thank you!

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  34. 234
    Elizabeth
    Posted On May 18, 2014 at 7:30 am

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

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  35. 235
    Mary Batchelder
    Posted On May 18, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Fritos…no question about it.  Sorry to be boring.

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    Terryia
    Posted On May 18, 2014 at 3:47 pm

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    Terryia
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  38. 238
    Terryia
    Posted On May 18, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Anything and everything! 

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  39. 239
    Heather H
    Posted On May 18, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Hot dogs with chili is one of my favorites.

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  40. 240
    Leann Lindeman
    Posted On May 19, 2014 at 10:14 am

    My favorite dog is a Chicago Dog!!!!

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    Leann Lindeman
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  42. 242
    rppolak
    Posted On May 19, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I love the Chicago style hot dogs with curly fries and a cold glass of tea

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    B.Quan N.
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    @micro_05

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  44. 244
    B.Quan N.
    Posted On May 19, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I love chili and cheese on my hot dog.

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  45. 245
    Cabalery
    Posted On July 3, 2014 at 5:08 am

    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.

    Trust me, I’m french.

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