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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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  5.  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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  26. thinly sliced red onion, ketchup, and alittle mustard.
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  30. 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!

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

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

  40. 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

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

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