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Homemade French Fries with Fresh Garlic and Dill

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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


  • 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. My favorite is just a plain hot dog with ketchup, on a nice soft bun!!

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  4. Drooolll! I love french fries! I make them with rosemary, but this sounds really good too <3 will try it out the next time I make fries :D thank you for sharing

  5. I am just a grilled hotdog girl but this book can inspire me! Fun giveaway.

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  7. Definitely my most favorite hot dog combo is without a doubt a chili-cheese dog. I love them and I think I need to eat one tonight, LOL!!!

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  12. I like to mix up my preference; onions, mustard, ketchup, sauerkraut, mayo, wasabi…anything I can squeeze on a bun.

  13. My favorite hot dog is with coleslaw and pickle. But then I really love chili cheese dogs..with jalepenos! 

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  18. Grilled onions and peppers, mustard and ketchup!

  19. I make a red onion marmalade and pair it with a spicy mustard. And if I’m feeling really daring, I’ll add some raw onion. 

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  21. My favorite hot dog combo has to be hands-down Coney dogs from Michigan. Spicy chili, onion, and yellow mustard… can’t beat it!

  22. I am a sucker for a traditional Chicago hotdog. There is nothing better. *fingers crossed*

  23. Japa dog..pickeled onions, kewpi mayo, nori..omg delicious!

  24. My favorite dog would be with avocado and  tomatoe

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  28. I love a good Chicago dog!  The bright green relish, hot peppers and celery salt with dill pickle and slice of tomato are culinary magic!

  29. Love a good dog–a Haute Dog could only be better!
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  30. I like my hotdogs to come with grill marks! Other than that, I take them pretty plain jane. I’ll need to get my hands on this book to expand my hot dog repertoire!

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  32. Kraut and mustard! Yum!

  33. I love my hot dog with relish, raw onions, ketchup, mustard, and jalapenos. bacon wrapped is a bonus…mmm…what I’d do for a street dog from LA right now!

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  34. My favorite is mustard and chili. Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck everyone.

  35. It is a tie between chili with cheese or chili with slaw.

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  39. cold guinness with a chili cheese with bacon on top dog with cheese fries

  40. Fancy mustard and sauerkraut.

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  43. My favorite combo would be mayo, slaw, and onions with a little cheese sprinkled on top.

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  46. I’ve actually never tried a dolled up hot dog!  But, I want to now!  All I usually use are ketchup and relish.

  47. If we are talking about regular hot dogs then my fave is with caramelized onions, jalapenos, cheese sauce and hot sauce!

    If we are talking about less traditional then a Bison Smokie, with a blueberry bbq sauce and goat cheese! OMG sooo good.

  48. My favorites …there are two,….I love the apple sausage dog with cheese and spicy mayo…and the greek dog topped with feta and tzatziki sauce! We have family dinners on Sunday and one of our favorite days is “grill your own and top it off.” We always serve it with several summer salads and chips but I just got a fryer for Chrismas and can’t wait to try your fries.

    BTW…couldn’t figure out how to leave a comment on the email page, it kept telling me I was already registered but I love  Love and Olive Oil!!

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

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

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  59. 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!

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

  62. 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.

  63. I already follow on twitter

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  65. I love hot dogs just about anyway including plain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  77. 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.

  78. 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!

  79. 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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  81. 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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  83. 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.

  84. Sauerkraut, mustard and onions!

  85. 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!

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

  87. 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!!


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

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

  90. Mustard and street-vendor onions!

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

  92. 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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  95. 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.

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

  97. 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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