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Crispy French Fries with Mustard Mayonnaise
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Crispy French Fries with Mustard Mayonnaise

Blanching the fries before frying or baking makes them extra golden and crisp. They're even better and crispier when fried or baked frozen just after blanching, as you'll see here.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: June 2008

Recipe5 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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  • Portion size 8


  • 3 lb 3lbbaking potatobaking potatoes
  • 4 cups 4cupsvegetabIe oil
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspsalt

Mustard Mayonnaise:

  • 1 cup 1cupmayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspgrainy mustard
  • 3/4 tsp 3/4tsplemon juice
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Scrub potatoes. With paring knife, cut out any eyes or dark spots. Cut unpeeled potatoes lengthwise into 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick slices. Stacking 2 or 3 slices at a time, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch (5 mm) wide sticks.

Stir potatoes into large pot of boiling salted water; return to boil. Blanch for 1 to 2 minutes or until half cooked but no longer raw in centre. Drain and pat dry on towel. (Make-ahead: Freeze on waxed paper–lined baking sheet. Transfer to resealable plastic bag and freeze for up to 2 weeks. Fry or bake frozen.)

Mustard Mayonnaise: In bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, mustard and lemon juice. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)

In deep-fryer or deep pot, pour in enough oil to come at least two-thirds up side; heat to 375°F (190°C) on deep-fryer thermometer. Working in batches, fry potatoes for 4 to 5 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to paper towel–lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt. Serve with Mustard Mayonnaise.

Additional information : Variation
Crispy Oven Fries with Mustard Mayonnaise: Toss fresh or frozen blanched potato sticks with 2 tbsp (25 mL) vegetable oil and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt. Bake on large baking sheet in 450°F (230°C) oven, turning once, for 35 to 40 minutes or until crisp and golden.

Makes 8 servings.

Per serving: about 352 cal, 3 g pro, 25 g total fat (4 g sat. fat), 29 g carb, 2 g fibre, 10 mg chol, 691 mg sodium. % RDI: 2% calcium, 10% iron, 2% vit A, 28% vit C, 7% folate.

Nutritional Information Per serving: about

cal 409 pro 3g total fat 32g sat. fat 4g
carb 29g fibre 2g chol 10mg sodium 691mg

% RDI:

calcium 2 iron 10 vit A 2 vit C 28
folate 7
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