It was raining hard and cold yesterday. And I was alone in the house – the kids were in school and my husband was at work.
I was craving hard for something I couldn’t quite put a name on. I wanted something salty, something crunchy and something I could nibble on while watching a movie I had downloaded. It was me time, and I needed a treat.
Hmmm… french fries. They’d be perfect for this weather!
So I combed through the cupboard and the fridge to see if we had the ingredients to make the dish. I was lucky: we just had enough potatoes left to make Sea Salt French fries for the evening.
This double-fried finger food also goes well with Ponzu Steak, Hawaiian style pit roasted pig, cheese steaks and paninis (just thinking of these makes my mouth water!) Sea Salt Fries are also perfect at grilling time, as a side dish for any BBQ’d meat.
Here’s the fastest recipe I know:
- Olive or canola (deep frying) oil
- Hawaiian Sea Salt (any salt will do fine)
1. Start by peeling off the potatoes and cutting them lengthwise. If they are hard to peel, first soak them in ice water – it will loosen the skin to make them easier to peel.
2. Heat the oil in a deep fryer. You can also use a deep frying pan, it just takes longer because you need to fry them in batches.
3. Drain the potatoes well by patting them with paper towels.
4. Place the potatoes in the fryer and start frying. Don’t take the potatoes out of the frying pan until they begin to color and blister around the edges. They should be ready in about 7 to 9 minutes.
5. For a more crispy texture, I recommend that you fry the potatoes twice. Just make sure you don’t burn them!
6. Remove the potatoes using a fry basket and drain the oil on a paper towel.
7. Sprinkle the fries lightly with sea salt. I also like to sprinkle fresh rosemary or thyme on top.
Now enjoy your fries! I highly recommend making them double-crispy. It adds more texture and a deeper brown color to your fries, which I find it more enjoyable to eat. You just have to fry the potatoes twice; but keep in mind that you have to be careful so as not to burn them.
Hawaiian Sea Salt fries are perfect for any cold/rainy/snowy day inside, and they make a great side dish for any type of meat.