Oneeda's Kitchen Blog

McDonald’s French Fries

Posted on: May 13, 2010


Ingredients;

2 large Idaho russet potatoes
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons corn syrup
1½-2 cups hot water
6 cups Crisco® shortening
1/4 cup beef lard (or save the fat from previously cooked burgers)
salt

Cooking Methods

You will need;
1 Deep fryer
1 French Fry Cutter (or patience for cutting potatoes)
Peel the potatoes. In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, corn syrup, and hot water. Make sure the sugar is dissolved. Using a French fry slicer, cut the peeled potatoes into shoestrings. The potatoes should be 1/4″ x 1/4″ in thickness, and about 4″ to 6″ long. (You can do this with a knife, but it is alot of work)

Place the shoe stringed potatoes into the bowl of sugar-water, and refrigerate. Let them soak about 30 minutes.

While they’re soaking, pack the shortening into the deep fryer. Crank up the temperature to “full”. The shortening has to pre-heat for a very long time. It will eventually liquify. After it has liquified and is at least 375°, drain the potatoes and dump them into the fryer. (be careful, it will be ferocious)

After 1 to 1½ minutes, remove the potatoes and place them on a paper towel lined plate. Let them cool 8 to 10 minutes in the refrigerator.

While they’re cooling, add the lard or beef drippings to the hot Crisco®. Again, crank the temperature to full. Stir in the lard as it melts into the oil. It will blend in.

After the deep fryer is reheated to 375°-400°, add the potatoes and deep fry again. This time for 5-7 minutes until golden brown. Remove and place in a large bowl.

Sprinkle generously with salt, then “toss” the fries to mix the salt evenly. ( I suggest about 1 teaspoon of salt, maybe slightly more)

Serve hot, serve immediately, and enjoy! Depending upon the size of the potatoes, this recipe make about 2 medium sized fries.

Special Notes

Note¹ If you want more fries, double the recipe—but DON’T double the cooking oil. Just cook them in shifts, adding about 1/4 cup more Crisco® and 1 tablespoon lard for the second batch.

Note² If cooking for a minute or so, removing, and returning the fries to the oil seems like a pain in the ass, that’s because it is. But it is an important “blanching” step required for that great taste.

Note³ For an easier clone of McDonald’s French fries, you can use the frozen, pre-cut Ore-Ida® shoestring potatoes. Just cook them in the same combo of Crisco® and lard, skipping the “blanching” process. Cook them while still frozen for 6-10 minutes (depending upon the amount) until golden brown. They’re good, but not nearly as accurate in taste and texture as the fresh recipe.

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