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Side Dish Recipe: Spicy Deep-Fried Potatoes

January 3rd, 2013 No Comments

SPICY DEEP-FRIED POTATOES

Finished Fries

This is one of my partner’s concoctions.  Believe it or not he does cook!  How lucky am I?  😀   This is a great side dish for any meal, like steak, sandwiches, burger, or what have you.  Be warned though they can be a bit spicy, hence the name.  Measurements will very according to taste and how much you are making.  I had to get this info on the fly as he was cooking this for din-dins, lol.  So I will do my best to give you a properly formatted recipe.  😉

What you’ll need:
Unpeeled potatoes, spices, fry oil, large pan/pot, fry cutter, large Ziploc bag, slotted metal spoon

Put your unpeeled potatoes in a sink of shallow water.  Scrub the spuds clean and rinse.

Wash Potatoes

Wash Potatoes

Potatoes

Potatoes

Be sure to cut out any ‘bad’ spots. Using a knife to bore out the spot will reduce wasting of potato flesh.

Cut Out Spots

Cut Out Spots

Slice, dice, and cut ‘em up! If you have a fry cutter feel free to use it. If not, don’t worry, you can cut the ‘tators into fry like strips, wedges, bite sized pieces, or whatever strikes your fancy.

Cut 'Em Up

Cut ‘Em Up

Next add your seasoning. You can use the shake method, by putting the potatoes in a Ziploc bag with the seasoning and shake the h*ll out of it. Or you can put your potatoes in a large bowl and toss them with the seasoning. Be sure to coat them well.

Onion Salt, Ground Cayenne Pepper, Paprika, Ground Black Pepper, Worcestershire Sauce

Onion Salt, Ground Cayenne Pepper, Paprika, Ground Black Pepper, Worcestershire Sauce

Shake It Up

Shake It Up

Have a deep fryer? Great! If not (like me), no worries, get a deep pan or pot and heat up some oil. In this case we used Gold’n Canola Oil. This is an Australian non-GM oil, but any canola (or oil in general) will do. It’s all in your taste or preference.  Be sure there is enough oil to cover your potatoes!

OPTIONAL: If you want to go for a healthier meal, bake your potatoes in the oven.

Pan Fry

Pan Fry

Add your fries (chips), but like with anything involving heat and/or hot oil, be careful! Make sure your oil is very hot, or you’ll end up with soggy potatoes instead of crisp ones.

TIP:  To test if your oil is hot enough lightly wet your finger tips and flick a couple of drops into the oil. If it sizzles, you’re good to go!

HINT: Freezing your ‘tators prior to frying will increase their crispiness.

TIP: If your fries, after frying, are a bit soggy, pop them in the oven to crisp them up a bit more.

Fry Baby Fry

Fry Baby Fry

To check and make sure your potatoes are done, stick a fork in them! Yes that phrase does have a purpose. 😉 A cooked potato will be firm but will allow the fork to slide into it easily. A potato that isn’t done will give resistance to the fork. They should also be a lovely golden brown and if in a deep enough pot will begin to float.

Serve hot. Condiments are optional on this one as the potatoes are seasoned already for flavour. Enjoy!

Finished Fries

Finished Fries

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Prep Time:  10-15 minutes

Cook Time:  3-5 minutes

Yields:  4 servings

 

Ingredients:

1 lbs (454 grams) of unpeeled potatoes

1 teaspoon of Onion Salt

1 teaspoon of ground Cayenne Pepper

1 tablespoon of ground Black Pepper

A dash of Paprika

1 tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce

Canola Oil, enough to cover your potatoes (the amount can vary depending on the container being used to fry with)

 

Directions:

Wash potatoes thoroughly.  Cut them into desired sized pieces.  Be sure to leave the skin on.

Put clean and cut potatoes into a large Ziploc bag, or mixing bowl.  Add the onion salt, cayenne, pepper, paprika and Worcestershire.  Toss until well coated.

Heat oil to about 175–190 °C (347–374 °F).  Carefully place fries into hot oil.  May need to split fries into two batches depending on size of container being used.

Fry for about 3-5 minutes, or until golden brown and floating.  Remove with a slotted metal spoon.

Set aside for a minute in strainer, or on paper towel, to rid the fries of any excess oil.

Serve hot.

 

 

 

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I’m a Goth/Hippie who loves to try new things and dabbles in anything and everything that I find enjoyment in. That can include but is not limited to, cooking, art, digital design, jewellery making, photography, gardening, nature, animals and whatever else strikes my fancy. I’m an optimistic (occasionally) perfectionist (constantly), who can be very sarcastic (incessantly), but all in good humour. :)

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I like to cut them in slices like super-thick potato chips. Try serving them with Parmesan cheese and some Italian seasoning. BBQ sauce is also wonderful for fries. Oh, and try doing them in olive oil some time! Whoo-Hoo, Yummy!! (Don’t bother with extra-fine virgin oil for frying.)

 

    Okay seriously?! Must you talk condiments and cheese to me. It’s making my mouth water! It’s bad enough I get too many things at the grocery store, now I have to keep another half dozen fry fantasies in mind too. 😛

    Now I will need to find a salty snack somewhere in my cupboards at 3:30 in the morning. 😀

     

      You know that friend who’s always helping you keep to the straight and narrow? I’m not that friend!

      You know the old joke about a Good Friend is someone who will come down and bail your ass out of jail at any hour of the night, but a Real Friend is the one sitting next to you going, “Man! That was a BLAST!!”

       

        LMAO!! I love it! Don’t forget a best friend will help you bury the body. Laugh hysterically when you trip and fall before helping you up. And the first one to tell you that you look like shit.

         

They look like amazing fries! We’re big fans of spices, so all of the cayenne is an added plus.

 

    They are great. The info for this post is a couple of days old now, but I’ve had him make me these fries three nights in a row now, lol. Speaking of which I think we still have more spuds sitting around here. I wonder if I can convince him for a fourth night? 😉

     

      It’s worth a shot! I would’ve tried convincing him the moment I woke up in the morning, but that’s probably just my unhealthy fries addiction talking…

       

        Lol, you sound like me. Potatoes and cheese. I could live off those two things. I may have a problem but I don’t intend to fix it any time soon.

         

          Add bread and chocolate to the list, and you’ve got my favorites too! If it isn’t (horribly) wrong, why fix it? :]

           

            I will keep that in mind. 😉