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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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  1. I’m subscribed to your email updates!

  2. Chili and cheese, with some crunchy diced onion on top. 

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  5. I’m so boring! Maybe just a bit of kraut, otherwise just ketchup.

  6. I like hot dogs with bbq sauce and pickled red onions!

  7. I love an all beef hot dog with brown mustard and saurkraut. 

  8. I’m such a purist and love kraut and spicy mustard. However, I recently had a hot dog with remoulade, mustard, ketchup and crispy grilled onions.  WOW was it good!

  9. Mustard and sauerkraut is the best!

  10. My favorite type of hot dog is the hot dogs at the carts in NYC. I usually top them with spicy onions, mustard, ketchup,  saurechraut. ( I hope I spelled that correctly!) Such yummy goodness! 

  11. I like mine with chili, and lots and lots of cheese!

  12. mustard and relish!

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  14. My favorite hot dog combo is with chili and cheese! The kind where you almost have to eat it with a fork. YUM!

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  16. My favorite hot dog is a corn dog dipped in mustard and ketchup. Surprisingly, I eat plain hot dogs with mayo and sauerkraut.

  17. topped with cheese and relish, orrr wrapped in bacon!

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  19. I like Sonoran Dogs — bacon wrapped hot dogs topped with refried beans, cheese, onions, jalapenos, guacamole, and salsa.

  20. mustard on a hot dog bun :)

  21. I love just plain chili, cheese, mustard and onions. Pretty traditional but preeeeetty tasty :)

  22. when I was little I would only eat hot dogs(super burnt) with tons of mustard, and of course fries or chips on the side!

  23. Rudy’s chili, white onions, and cheddar cheese… Mmmm

  24. O.M.G. – you had me with the Dill – don’t know what it is about dill but I LOVE IT!
    As for Hot Dogs – I love to try new combos! One Word – Bacon!  However, I just love a hot dog with Brown Mustard and Sauerkraut!!  YUM! 
    There was a place in Clifton, NJ where I grew up called Jumbos – Hot Dogs and Italian Ice – there I always got a Peppers and Onions Dog and a Lemon Italian Ice.
    I may have to have a hot dog today!!
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  25. I’m pretty boring…  I love just plain ‘ol dogs with lots of mustard on a regular ‘ol bun with potato chips on the side!!!!

  26. Yum! Homemade chili, cheese and a little mustard!

  27. Oh man, hot dogs are the best! The guilty pleasure Central Park hot dog with just mustard is probably my favorite, but classier versions with whole dill pickle spears and coleslaw  and poppyseeds–those work too. Just as long as there’s spicy brown mustard, it’s all good. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  28. I’m the type of person that puts fries in my hotdogs. Carb lover!!! And these fries are the next to go into my hot dogs!

  29. I literally squealed at the words “haute dog” – what an adorable concept and an awesome sounding book!  I’m sure these fries would kick ass with so many of them :)

  30. My fav is a hot dog from joejost in Long Beach Ca. Rye bread, spicy dog, mustard and cheese. Delish

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  32. I love a good chili cheese dog. Thanks for the chance to win!

  33. my favorite hot dog combo is: boil/steam hot dogs in your favorite beer-top w/fresh cooked saurekraut and chopped onions and your condiments add a steam bun :)

  34. I love an Italian hot dog woth peppers, onions and potatoes.

  35. hands down, Chicago dog, pickles, slaw and all!

  36. I’ll try any hot dog combo, but I can’t resist the classic ketchup, mustard, and sauerkraut.

  37. I’m a simple girl.  Just a thin line of ketchup.  :)  

  38. Love hot dogs with mustard, onions, and sweet relish.

  39. If it’s true that you eat with your eyes first…I just devoured your French fries! Love how you served them in a parchment lined silver bucket too.
    My comfort food dog is topped with ketchup and raw onion on a toasted bun, but I’d love to try something more intriguing.

  40. Just letting you know I’m already subscribed via email. Thanks for the extra chance.

  41. Love Chili, Cheese, Diced Jalapenos and mustard!

  42. I love hot dogs with sauerkraut,onions and mustard 

  43. Texas weiner ,chilli onion and mustard

  44. These totally look like the perfect side dish!! Yum!

  45. Sauerkraut, sautéed onions, and dark mustard

  46. The Chicago dog in my favorite – onions, pickles, tomatoes, and relish.

  47. I just like them plain with shredded cheese. Kinda weird, I know!

  48. I’m not a very experienced hot dog maker although I do love a good smoked sausage :) I have to say I love a variation of the Montreal “all dressed” hotdog with sauerkraut, mustard (and added ketchup).  Drooling just thinking of the possibilities! Love what you do!

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  51. A Chicago style dog for sure!!

  52. Not technically a hot dog but I am obsessed with Hot Dougs in Chicago. Truffle Pork Sausage with Sauce Moutarde, Goat Cheese and Truffle Balsamic Drizzle….DONE.

  53. Love hotdog with chili and white onion

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  55. Chili cheese dog and fries – yum!

  56. My favorite hot dog combo is kansas city steak dogs ( there huge ) with onions.

  57. I am a subscriber to your posts and I love them. I am a fan. 

  58. I love a traditional Chicago style hot dog.

  59. My  favorite dog is on a “New England style” bun, grilled with grainy mustard and dill and sweet pickle relish.  Sometimes with a bit of habanero pepper chopped up with the pickle reslish

  60. If I have a quality dog, I only need spicey brown mustard.

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  62. I love a hot dog with candied jalepeno slices, or jalepenos and onions carmelized together.

  63. I love my hot dogs with onions & ketchup on a toasted bun! Perfect for summer!

  64. Love a good dog with sauteed garlic, onions, sauerkraut& mustard!!! Mmmmmm :-)

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  67. All i have to say is…. YUMMM!!! Russet potatoes are the key for that crunch. Great recipe. Thanks for posting.

  68. I love a good chili cheese dog!

  69. My standard favorite for a hot dog is basic mustard and ketchup. I love hot dogs so much and try not to eat them very often, so when I do, I want to taste my hot dog. Not have it overwhelmed by other condiments. I enjoy other toppings, but my basic go to is well, basic!

  70. I like pimento cheese on my hot dog :)

  71. I subscribe by e- mail

  72. My favorite is a Turkey-dog with ketchup, mustard, raw onions, and pickles! (also subscribed to your email updates)

  73. thinly sliced red onion, ketchup, and alittle mustard.
    I am subscribed by email.

  74. Would love to win this book!

  75. I love caramelized onions on mine!

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  78. Hot dogs with fresh cut yellow onion and a sprinkle of mustard! YUM!

  79. Already an email subscriber.

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  82. Favorite way to eat hot dogs is grilled with caramelized onions and some red pepper flakes.

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  84. I follow you on e-mail FB 
    I love hot dogs especially when they Snap. :-)
    I like hot dogs with ketsup and onions.
    they have to be on a GF bun now.

  85. Whoa!!!!!! this book looks SO GOOD!!!!! Need to get my hands on one when it comes here!!!!!!!!!! I never knew hot dogs could have SO MANY variations!!!!!! These fries look soooo good! I love the flavors you’ve used there! <3

  86. I love me a good ole Chili Dog!!! YUM!!!

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  89. I love a plain ol’ hot dog (although properly grilled with a little blackening) with mustard on a nice roll.

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  91. My favorite hot dog combo is an all beef hot dog, cooked on the bbq, and topped with fried onions soaked in hot sauce, sauerkraut,  ketchup, and mustard.  Yummy! Think I will make that tonight :)

  92. Love a chili cheese dog!

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  94.  First grill the hot dog on the bbq, then top it with bbq sauce ( homemade preferred) and chopped up sweet and spicy pickles. It makes a delicious hot dog!

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  96. I love hotdogs with caramelized onions and blue cheese!

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  98. Love Chicago Style and NC style became a fav also when we visited there.

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