Homemade french fries are so easy to make if you know how to cut the potato. You can fry or bake the french fries, but the cutting is the part that people seem to fear. It's really quite simple. Be sure and refer to the color chart above.
- Start with a potato and a sharp knife.
- Make one vertical cut down the center.
- Take the potato half and place it flat on the cutting board. Cut that half into four segments.
- If you want smaller fries, you can cut those wedges in half. Repeat for other potato half.
- Place on a pan well-oiled with olive oil. Sprinkle with olive oil and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake at 400 until golden brown.
- Serve with a favorite sauce.
You may have special seasoning that you like for cottage fries such as seasoning salt or garlic salt. Often I soak them in vinegar and sprinkle with sea salt before baking. Balsamic vinegar is good, but it does discolor the fries a bit.
In the picture above, the homemade fries are served with Frank's Spicy Sweet Sauce. Many people serve homemade french fries with mayonnaise. Paula Deen uses a seasoned mayonnaise. Another option is a curried ketchup, used as a dipping sauce for fries around the world.