Potatoes! Potatoes! Potatoes!
We adore french fries in this house. My youngest and I are french fry fiends.
You could possibly bribe me down a storm drain, with a clown holding french fries, and I really really don’t like clown’s. Especially one’s associated with IT.
Seriously, I watched the older version of that movie when I was waaaay too young and was afraid to pee with the bathroom door closed for month’s (due to the scene with blood coming up the drain..sorry if that’s a spoiler…it is a really old movie though).
So french fries, in the air fryer. It’s the only way we do them now. We don’t buy them, or fry them in a pan. They’re just really good in the air fryer.
First you get a bowl of ice and water ready. I always soak my cut fries/potatoes for an hour before cooking, no matter what way I cook the fries. Five potatoes is normally more then enough for us, but we have two kids ages 2 and 4 , who sometimes eat a lot (as in my oldest could eat a whole cantaloupe on his own) and sometimes they eat oxygen and that’s it. We usually have some fries leftover.
I wash, then peel and then cut all the potatoes up as evenly as possible in the style we prefer, we don’t care too much for steak fries, and my husband loves very thin crispy ones while I don’t so I cut them somewhere in the middle.
see, just like that, easy peasy. No big deal. The hardest part of this is timing. Making sure you give yourself enough time so that your fries are fresh and ready to enjoy with your meal.
Let them sit in your ice water for an hour. Then drain the fries from the water, I tend to scoop them out into a colander then give them a quick rinse and pat them as dry as I can get them. I don’t like to let them sit to dry because I don’t want them to start to turn brown or grey.
See that white milky residue at the bottom? I assume that’s all the excess starch. I’m no expert though so don’t quote me on that. All I know is that my fry’s are always crispier after letting them sit in ice cold water.
Spray your fries with oil. You can buy the spray oil from the store, or buy a oil spray bottle off amazon. It only cost me 10.00 and I love it and use it all the time, I just refill it with the oil of my choosing and spray away.
Put your fries in the air fryer. Try not to overcrowd or your fries wont all cook evenly, some will still be raw while others will be crispy. I’m still guilty of this at times when I’m in a rush.
My air fryer has a setting for fries so I just push the button and let them go. But my old fryer was a little more basic (but still great and I loved it) I just put them on for 17 mins at 380.
Check periodically on your fries, if your air fryer doesn’t have a shake setting, stop them halfway through the cook time to give them a good shake.
Some way’s you can enjoy your fries?
-Nachos: use your fries as the base/chips and top accordingly. Just like nachos but it’s with french fries and a little bit of what I assume heaven’s like
-Use as a side with any kind of sandwich, or burger. Normal lunch meat sandwich, grilled chicken sandwich, a burger.
-Put them in a burrito. Load a breakfast burrito with them, egg and french fries with your favorite salsa, or a bean and cheese burrito. Maybe a chipotle chicken burrito (either buy canned chipotle, puree, mix with sour cream, add garlic, onion powder, pepper, paprika and coat your cooked chicken with the mix, add beans and a little rice and shove some fries in there. Or buy a store made chipotle salsa)
– Steak and fries with gravy. Or steak frites. Always easy and filling and will make you feel like your living the life of a king without the price tag. Make your own gravy by using the pan you fried the steak in, add flour to the oil the steak created, whisking and cooking the flour, then add milk, slowly. whisk. Add a little bit more if you need too. Whisk, add more if it’s still too thick. Taste, and season if it needs more seasoning.
-salad. Ya. this one may be a bit weird, but why not? Maybe all you have is a bag of potatoes and a head of lettuce in your fridge. Make a salad, throw some warm fries on top. It’ll feel like a meal. I don’t recommend it all the time, but if it get’s you through, well then, that’s what its really about. Also, sometimes when I’m feeling like not cooking and those are the leftovers that’s what happens.
-Chili cheese fries. This is the combo. Right here. A bowl, a layer of fries, topped with chili, cheese, sour cream, green onions and hot sauce. Need I say more?
-Use them as a crust. Like when making a quiche/frittata (I know frittata’s dont normally have a crust or shell to them. But both are made just a little differently, one heavier in milk product and the other not so much so it really just depends on the mood you’re in and what you’re going for, I think a french fry crust would work well with either) In theory since I’ve never tried this, I think the best approach would be to take your french fries and mush them into the pan to form a crust, kind of like how you would if you were making a graham cracker based pie. Then to bake it with just the french fries for maybe 10 or 15 minutes to allow all sides to crisp before pouring egg onto it making it soggy. If the egg makes this soggy I don’t think it’ll be very good. The key would be in making sure those fries keep a little crisp and crunch to them.
That’s it. I’m sure I’ll think of another idea as soon as I post this. Fries are really just versatile. And budget friendly.
Hope to see all of you next week for our next spud feature: Potato soup