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Homemade French Fries with Fresh Garlic and Dill

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 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

Homemade French Fries with Fresh Garlic and Dill

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  • 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


  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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  2. Best hot dog combo I’ve ever had is a tie for two! The first is pimento cheese, bacon and bbq sauce and the second is Bacon, Grilled Onions, Cole Slaw, BBQ Sauce. Both are amazing and both have bacon!

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  5. fav hot dog combo – spicy mustard, kraut, and diced raw onion

  6. I love the flavors of these fries! Pinned!

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  10. My favorite hotdog combo is barbecue sauce and crunchy dill pickle spears. It’s 9:30 AM and now I really want a hotdog. Dang!

  11. I subscribe to Love and Oil via email.

  12. Chili cheese dogs, with chopped onion on top, are my favorite!

  13. chili!

  14. I love Hebrew National brauts  on a toasted potatoe bun with homemade chili and Nacho cheese.  So luscious.  Love homemade crunchy fries, scalding hot with creamy gyro dipping sauce.  To die for.

  15. I already follow on twitter

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  17. I love hot dogs just about anyway including plain

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  19. Cream Cheese and everything bagel seasoning and chives – it’s really good!!! 

  20. My favorite hot dog combo is ketchup, mustard, raw onions, and pickles!

  21. I like just a plain dog. But I’m open to trying new things.

  22. Already an email subscriber

  23. I love the strange one: smoked sausage with brie and cranberry-horse radish sauce. So weird, so good!

  24. I like mine pretty basic – mustard and relish. 

  25. I subscribe by email.

  26. I love white hots with homemade corn relish on potato buns!

  27. I just subscribed via email and just about to send a tweet, too. Thanks Love & Olive Oil!

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  29. I would totally go German style– spicy mustard and real kraut!

  30. Yes, double fried is always better. Sure, baked fries are healthier (blah, blah), but fried will always be the best. I love the addition of dill.

  31. First of all, the double fried fry all the way. These look perfectly crispy and amazing! Second of all, I’m all about the salsa avocado spicy dog. Yum!

  32. I’m pretty boring… I just like ketchup on my hot dogs! Hopefully this book will inspire me to make them more fancy!

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  34. My favorite hot dog combo is a simple one, hollowed out hot dog bun (to hold the dog easier), a hot dog, a squiggle of mustard, and then two dill pickle slices!

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  36. Ketchup, mustard and raw onions — on an all beef dog, of course! Potato chips and a kosher dill pickle on the side make it perfect.

  37. Sauerkraut, mustard and onions!

  38. I just planted all of my dill! These look amazing! I also have this book on my bn wish list! i might have to splurge!

  39. Russel’s recipes and photography are always great and can’t wait to see the book! Your fries are gorgeous, Lindsay! Pinned

  40. LOVED this post, Im a sucker for fries but have never been brave enough to do my own!!

    My prefect hotdog topping has got to be the classic: onions, ketchup and mustard!!


  41. My fave when I’m feeling fancy is caramelized onions with a goat cheese cream sauce! 

  42. I love pretty much all hot dogs, but I do love mustard and gherkins. 

  43. Mustard and street-vendor onions!

  44. Love these fries!! And I like everything on a hot dog :-)

  45. That looks so good! I would love to try that recipe! There’s nothing better than delicious French fries with your hotdog!

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  48. We do hot dogs & veggies at home… but we use smoked sausage for the hot dogs. YUM!
    Also, we caramelize onions & mushrooms to go on them.

    Ok, now I’m wanting hot dogs at 5:40am.

  49. I like mustard and potato chips on a potato bun!

  50. Actually drooling. These are the epitome of my favourite type of chip- not too thick, crunchy, seasoned generously and dill! I’m on the train home and tummy is grumbling.

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