Belgian Fries

Belgian Fries Picture

1. Put oil in a pot and heat, over high heat, to 360 degrees. Be sure to use a high sided pot, and only fill it half way. You don't want to fill it all the way up because the potatoes will displace oil when you place them in the pot, and you definitely don't want hot oil spilling over the sides.

2. While the oil is cooking, cut the fries into 3/8" to 1/2" strips. If you cut them thinner, they'll end up too crunchy. As the fries are cut, place them in a bowl of salted water. Placing them in water will remove the surface starch and make for a more even color on the outside of the fry.

3. Let them sit for at least 5 minutes, then take them out and dry them well. They must be dried because any water left on them will spit and splatter when it touches the hot oil.

4. After they're dried, place them in the pan of hot oil being careful not to crowd them. I usually fry 1 potatoes worth of fries at a time in my 10" black frying pan. Stir them up a bit while they're frying to keep them from sticking together. Notice that the fries have bunched themselves up in the center of the pan during this process. You can also see the steam that's coming out of them.

Fry for a total of 5 - 7 minutes only. They should be just barely start getting some color. Take them out and place in a pan with a rack in it to drain.

5. After this 1st frying, they must be held for at least 30 minutes before going on to the next step. During this time, the fries are hot, and the inside is continuing to cook. The left side of the picture shows the "spider" that I use to take the fries out of the oil. The picture also shows that I cooked these a little too long, and the fries were extremely crunchy.

6. After you've let them sit, for at least 30 minutes, heat the oil back up and fry them again. This time you're only frying them for 3 - 5 minutes. The insides have already been cooked by the process of frying them and holding them. All you're doing during this fry, is crisping up the outside. The thing to notice in this picture is that there is no steam, like during the 1st fry.

7. Take them out as they're done, and place back on the rack in a pan. Season immediately with salt, and a little dusting of your favorite variety of Butt Kickin' Blacken.

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