Fried potatoes go by various names such as cottage fries, potatoes Anna and hash browns. They are basically the same, potatoes are peeled or left unpeeled, sliced, cubed or shredded, placed in a hot skillet with some kind of fat or oil.
The basic fried potato recipe below is a simple procedure in frying potatoes:
Basic Fried Potatoes
- 4 russet or red potatoes
- 2 to 3 T. cooking oil or bacon grease
- 1 to 2 T. butter
- Salt and black pepper
Thinly peel potatoes using a vegetable peeler. Rinse potatoes and then thinly slice, cube or shred potatoes. Blot potatoes dry with paper towel.
Using a medium size to large skillet place over medium heat. Add cooking oil or bacon grease. When oil is hot add potatoes, season with salt and black pepper. Using a spatula, lift and turn over potatoes while they cook. Continue cooking until potatoes are golden brown and fork-tender, about 30 minutes. Last 10 minutes of cooking time add butter to skillet. Stir potatoes. Season with more salt or black pepper, if desired.
Tip: For added flavor fry about 1/2 cup of diced onions with potatoes. Add onions in the last 15-20 minutes of cooking time so onion does not get brown.
Homemade French Fries
- 4 to 6 russet potatoes
- Cooking oil (canola, peanut or vegetable oil)
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
Using a vegetable brush scrub potatoes under running water. Rinse and then pat dry potatoes with paper towel.
Using a sharp knife or a French fry cutter, cut potatoes into strips. Place cut potatoes in bowl of ice water and let set for 15-20 minutes. Remove potatoes and pat dry with paper towels.
In deep pan or deep fryer, pour in cooking oil over medium heat. When oil is hot carefully place a small amount of potatoes in hot oil, fry until potatoes are a golden brown, remove with a large slotted spoon or basket, drain and place potatoes on paper towels. Repeat with another small batch of potatoes. Season French fries with salt and if desired season with black pepper. Serve hot.
Serve with ketchup or try malt vinegar for added zip to your French fries.
For more potato recipes: Baked & Mashed Potatoes
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