These Homemade Garlic Fries are easy to make and are the perfect side to any meal! We serve these with a Lemony Herb Garlic Aioli to delight your taste buds with more deliciousness.
But first, a brief history lesson on fries...
What important food was first cultivated in Peru, brought to Europe by the Spanish, perfected in a fried dish by Belgians, and incorrectly credited to the French by Americans? You guessed it... potatoes. The fried delights that are commonly known as "French Fries" in the United States actually belong to Belgium, and in fact, Belgian Fries were added to the UNESCO list of cultural treasures in 2014. Thank you, Belgium, for these world-renowned treats that we recreated here.
Our version is relatively traditional and certainly tastes amazing. They are not as daunting to make as one might think, and when done correctly, they are so worth making! These wonderful fries are loved throughout the world and this homemade version is amazing and perfectly enhanced with Veggie Season’s Roasted Garlic Butter seasoning. We hope you like this version as much as we do!
What potatoes are best for Homemade Garlic Fries?
Russet potatoes give that fluffy interior that really works best in this recipe. Also, it helps that they are widely available and fairly inexpensive, making them our choice for this recipe.
What oil is best for frying?
We like the neutral flavor and high heat point of grapeseed oil. Additionally, grapeseed oil doesn't have that all too familiar oil fry smell and has a very mild flavor so the potatoes and seasonings will shine rather than tasting like oil. Also, grapeseed oil is fairly durable so it withstands high heat and multiple batches of fries without breaking down. Other vegetable oils, like canola, may be a bit less expensive, and the texture of the fries will be about the same for both, but the flavor is better with grapeseed oil in our opinion. But you can use your favorite vegetable fry oil here.
How do you make Homemade Garlic Fries?
First, you need a fairly deep pot that withstands the heat from cooking these Homemade Garlic Fries. The oil will bubble up once the potatoes are added, so you want a pot that is deep enough to prevent a big mess of oil. We use our 5 qt dutch oven for this, but any large pot will do.
Next you want to remove the skin from your russet potatoes and cut them into fairly even fries. We cut our russets length-wise into sticks about ¼ inch thick.
Finally, let's get to the frying!
The Belgian secret to perfectly cooked fries is that they are cooked twice! The first cook is at a relatively low temperature (320-325° F) and the second is considerably higher at 370-375° F. And yes, you will need a kitchen thermometer for this recipe. We do not recommend attempting this without one.
The time between the two fries isn’t critical so you can complete several batches with the first fry before increasing the heat for the second fry. You want to only add a handful or so of fries to the oil at a given time to prevent the temp from dropping too much and to prevent the fries from sticking together.
After each cook, remove your fries onto a paper towel lined plate or cooling rack to allow any additional oil to drain. After the final cook, you will remove the fries to a towel briefly then add to a large dish with your preferred garlic seasoning (we use Veggie Season's Roasted Garlic Butter seasoning) and toss to evenly coat the fries.
Veggie Season's has a nice variety of seasoning blends that are fun to use on Homemade Fries. We personally tried this with several blends and loved them all, but landed on the Roasted Garlic Butter for this particular recipe. Their line-up of 6 blends includes: Roasted Garlic Butter, Parmesan Herb, Sharp Cheddar, Spicy Herb, Red Pepper Cajun and Farmhouse Ranch. Check out some of our other recipes using their blends below:
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What's the best sauce for dipping?
In Belgium, mayonnaise is the first choice for condiments, but you just pick your favorite and let the fries star in this show. We like to pair these Homemade Garlic Fries with a Lemony Herb Garlic Aioli to really take them to the next level! Find the recipe for this aioli below.
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