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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. 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!

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

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

  5. Sauerkraut, sautéed onions, and dark mustard

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

  7. Texas weiner ,chilli onion and mustard

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

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

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  11. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  17. 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 :)

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

  21. 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 :)

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

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

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

  28. 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!

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

  30. mustard on a hot dog bun :)

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

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

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

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  36. 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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  38. mustard and relish!

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

  40. 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! 

  41. Mustard and sauerkraut is the best!

  42. 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!

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

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

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

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

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  50. OMG!!!! Gorgeous!!!! <3

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