FoodDiscover the secret ingredient for perfect, crispy homemade fries

Discover the secret ingredient for perfect, crispy homemade fries

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6:11 AM EST, December 13, 2023

Everyone - regardless of age - loves fries. They're not just a kid's favorite. What makes them so popular? It's their distinct and unmatched taste. They pair well with meat and vegetables and are equally delectable as a stand-alone snack. Preparing fries at home is simple, particularly when following my recipe—the secret lies in a particular ingredient you likely already have in your kitchen.

The Secret to Perfect Fries

The most crucial component of the perfect fries recipe is a unique marinade. It features basic seasonings such as salt, pepper, and paprika, along with a dairy element (natural yogurt or kefir). These ingredients create the fries' distinct flavor, but the crispiness comes from two other components - dried yeast and potato flour. Including these in the marinade lends the fries a unique crunchiness - no rubbery or soft textures, just perfectly crispy fried potatoes.

My Perfect Fries Recipe


  • 2.20 pounds of potatoes,
  • 1 quart of cold water,
  • 1 quart of boiling water,
  • egg yolk,
  • a tablespoon of salt,
  • a teaspoon of black pepper,
  • a teaspoon of sweet paprika,
  • 1.26 cups of natural yogurt or kefir,
  • 0.88 cups of potato flour,
  • a teaspoon of dried yeast,
  • 1.05 cups of oil.
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  1. Wash, peel, and cut the potatoes into 0.4-inch thick slices. Then cut them into long strips and transfer them to a large bowl.
  2. Soak the potatoes in cold water for 15 minutes.
  3. Next, drain the potatoes thoroughly before placing them back in the bowl.
  4. Submerge the potatoes in boiling water, and leave them for another 15 minutes.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine yolk, salt, pepper, sweet paprika, dried yeast, and kefir. Ensure that these ingredients are well mixed; then add the potato flour and stir until there are no lumps.
  6. After 3 minutes, pour the marinade over the potatoes. Mix well to ensure an even distribution of the marinade.
  7. Heat oil in a pan to 230 degrees F. There should be enough to fully cover the potatoes. Fry the potatoes in batches until they turn golden, around 7-8 minutes per batch. Enjoy!
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