Fry Day, My Way: Make Duck Fat Fries Easy
Make fries at home with this easy French Fry recipe that calls for a secret ingredient: Duck fat!
I LOVE French fries.
I love fries whether they come supersized from that drive-thru joint on the corner or truffled from that upscale restaurant calling them frites.
I love fries smothered in ketchup or piled high with chili and cheese. I love fries alongside a burger or in a basket with fried shrimp. I just love fries!
I make fries at home, fry them twice as preferred and even serve them with my homemade ketchup.
However, the one thing I haven’t tried was to fry them in duck fat.
Why duck fat? Well, when I researched duck fat, some believe it to be a better-for-you fat than other animal fats like lard.
But, since I don’t use lard to fry, I don’t see this as a huge benefit. Then I read that frying in duck fat produces a crispier fry. Well, you had me at crispy!
So, I gave it a try and darn if it isn’t true.
You can render the fat from duck and store it in the fridge.
Or you can buy a jar or two of duck fat right from the grocery shelf.
The fat is clean and clear when cooking and afterward. The fries are less greasy, crisp on the outside and moist on the inside.
These fries hold up; rigid and perfect for dipping.
In honor of National French Fry Day, I encourage you to cook up a batch of fries…and then eat a bunch for me!
A Fry Above All Others: Jorj’s Duck Fat Fries
30 Minutes ‘Til Ready
Appetizer, Snack, Side
2 large Idaho potatoes, scrubbed
Duck fat for frying
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
¼ teaspoon ground mustard
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon coarse salt, plus more for fries
¼ teaspoon coarse black pepper
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Peel the potato and cut it into 4 planks. Cut each plank into 4 strips. Place the strips into a bowl of cold water for at least 30 minutes. This removes some of the starch. Alternately, you can leave the peel on. It’s a more rustic fry this way. And you can cut it into thinner strips for a skinnier fry. It’s YOUR choice.
For the ketchup, whisk together tomato paste, sugar, vinegar, mustard, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice in a small pan over low heat. Pour in ¼ cup water. Whisk until smooth. Cook until the sugar melts and the ketchup is warmed through, about 5 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside and let the flavors blend at room temperature or in the refrigerator overnight. The longer it sits, the better your ketchup.
Transfer the potato strips to paper toweling and blot dry. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Pour enough olive oil to come ⅓-inch up the side of the skillet. Use a candy thermometer to heat the oil to 325°. Place some of the potatoes into the oil and cook until just beginning to turn golden, about 5 minutes. This will cook the inside of the potato. Do this in batches so you do not crowd the skillet. Transfer the potato strips to a cooking sheet lined with paper towels. You can pre-cook the fries in advance and finish the frying just before mealtime.
Increase the temperature until the oil reaches 375°. Place the pre-cooked potato strips into the hot oil. Cook until golden, about 5 minutes. Transfer the fries to a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Season with a generous sprinkle of coarse salt.
Serve your French fries with ketchup to dip!