Okay, so I still have lots of duck fat left in my freezer and I need to make room for more food. But I also want to make something my kids won’t turn their nose up at. I still had 10 pounds of potatoes left from my Costco visit.
When that duck fat started heating up, my kitchen smelled heavenly. And when the first potato stick hit the fat, my kitchen was suddenly crowded with 4 sets of eyes eagerly awaiting the first fry to come out of the fat and on to the paper towel. Yes, I said 4 sets of eyes. The dog was in on the action too.
I made these French fries as a side dish, and they ended up as the main course as far as my kids are concerned. My husband and I went over the top and enjoyed it with a grilled veal chop and a great bottle of red wine.
The duck fat gave the potatoes such rich flavor and crispness with very little effort. Nothing compares to fries cooked in duck fat.
Peel 2 -3 russet potatoes. Leaving some of the skin on is fine.
Slice the potatoes on a mandolin into strips or sticks.
Once the potatoes are sliced ….
soak in salted water and set aside for 20 minutes or so. This will help to remove the extra starch.
Now take the duck fat (mine was frozen) and place about 2 cups in a tall medium sized pan to melt.
Once the fat has melted, turn up the heat.
Take the potatoes that you set aside, drain them and pat dry with paper towels.
Start adding the potatoes to the duck fat. Do not crowd them in the pot. You want the potatoes to cook in single layers. Keep an eye on them and cook in batches on medium-high heat.
Cook for 4 – 5 minutes. They will turn a nice golden brown.
Remove fries and drain on paper towel.
Season with salt while still warm. Enjoy!
2 – 3 peeled russet potatoes
2 cups duck fat
salt to season
Peel 2 – 3 russet potatoes. It’s fine to leave on some of the skin.
Slice potatoes on a mandolin or by hand. Cut into sticks or strips. Soak cut potatoes in salted cold water and set aside for about 20 minutes. This helps remove some of the starch.
Take about 2 cups of duck fat and melt in a medium size pan with tall sides. In other words, deep enough so the fat does not splash on you when cooking.
Once the fat has melted, turn up the heat. Take the potatoes that you set aside, drain and pat dry. Place some of the potatoes into the hot fat and cook in small batches. Make sure that the potatoes are not crowded in the pan. You want them laying in a single layer.
Cook on medium-high heat for 4 -5 minutes, until golden brown. Potatoes cooked in duck fat take on a much darker color than when cooking in oil.
Remove fries and drain on paper towel. Season with salt while they are still warm. Enjoy!