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Truffle Fries

July 22, 2009

After a little discussion at work about truffle fries, I decided to put my leftover potatoes at home to good use…

I must say that making your own fries is very satisfying!  But it does leave your apartment smelling like fried potatoes for a day or so…

For those who are interested, here’s the recipe! But first, some shots of the critical equipment/ingredients (yes you will need a candy thermometer):

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Truffle Fries (2 generous servings)

Ingredients:
Regular cooking oil
3 medium-sized potatoes
Truffle oil (I got mine from Shermay’s a little while ago, but you should be able to find it in gourmet supermarkets)
Salt

Directions:
1. Set aside two baking trays (cookie trays are good), and lining both with paper towels.

2. Cut the potatoes into fry-sized strips. Dry the strips thoroughly with paper towels.

3. Attach the candy thermometer to the side of the wok, and fill the wok with about 2-3 inches of oil. The oil should be cover almost an inch of the thermometer (but don’t let the thermometer stem touch the bottom or sides of the wok).

4. Heat the oil to a stable 300 degrees. Put in the potatoes and cook for two minutes. (The temperature of the oil will drop as your fries are cooking. Don’t panic if this happens – just let it drop.)

5. Remove fries from oil and dump into one of the baking trays to drain.

6. Reheat the oil to a stable 350 degrees. Put the fries back in and cook for just over a minute (till the fries look brown but not burnt).

7. Remove fries from the oil and drain in the second baking tray.

8. Dump the fries into a large enough bowl and toss with salt and some truffle oil.


Yum =) And the great thing I found out is that when you deep fry, most of the oil actually does NOT penetrate the food. (Something about the hot oil heating the water inside the food, causing the steam to push outward against the oil.) Read here for a more thorough explanation.

(Oh yes: don’t throw out the cooking oil when you’re done – keep it in a spare jar or bottle so you can re-use it. It’s a lot of oil!)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Lazy Susan permalink
    July 23, 2009 10:13 pm

    wow… your fries look yummy and restaurant-worthy!!!!

  2. mrsmultitasker permalink*
    July 23, 2009 11:58 pm

    Thanks Lazy Susan! =) They were a little on the burnt side cos I had some trouble manipulating the heat on my induction cooker (it never had to cook at such high temperatures before!)… Though I suppose some ppl (like my mom and brother) actually prefer it that way…

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