May 22, 2017

How to Make Waffle Fries the RIGHT Way!

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If you're looking for a delicious treat to munch on anything of the day, it would have to be fries! Potato fries are all the rage and have always been for quite a long time. From children to adults, you'll find this side great with burgers and condiments.

But there is more to the usual French fries. Waffle fries are another popular and crispy form of fried potatoes, but it might look harder to make! On the contrary, they're easy to fry and cook yourself. If you're wondering how to make waffle fries, read on and I'll share with you awesome recipes and some tips on preparing these delicious snacks!

What Are Waffle Fries?​

​Waffle fries, or known as pommel gaufrette's, are fried potato crisps that have a crisscross cut, looking round and craggily. It takes a similar form to actual waffles, but have a crispy and thin base made out of potatoes. They are tasty fries similar to potato chips, and they are an ideal side beside American dishes, most especially burgers and sandwiches.

This type of fries is available in many popular establishments, making it a favorite for millions of people around the world. But you might also be wondering about the crisscross cut and how they do it. While you can use a machine to cut the fries to make it a unique shape, you can also cut it yourself and make your waffle fries!​

Making waffle fries on your own isn't that difficult, as long as you have the quality ingredients and the right recipe.

How to Make Waffle Fries?​

Now that you know what waffle fries are, I'm sure you're intrigued on how to make your set at home! I'll be teaching you how to make waffle fries by deep frying the potatoes.

Before showing you how to make waffle fries, I'll show you how to prepare and cut the potatoes for cooking. While you can try cutting the potatoes by hand, a mandolin or crinkle cutter is an easier form we'll be using throughout the recipe.​

What You Need

  • Potatoes: Make sure that you choose fresh potatoes that are free from any discoloration or molds. Russet potatoes are popularly used for French fries. The number of potatoes needed for the recipe would depend on how many fries you want. Four big potatoes will make fries enough for four to five people.
  • Crinkle cutter or mandoline: A Mandoline is a vegetable slicer you can use for different kinds of cuts. It has a set of blades to choose from. For waffle fries, we will be using the fluted cutting blade for making its wavy grooves. You can also use a crinkle cutter, a knife that forms a shape of wavy grooves as well.
  • Peeler: Using a peeler is optional, depending on if you want fries with or without the skin.

How to proceed

  • Wash Your Potatoes: Before anything else, clean your potatoes and rinse them under cool and running water. Scrub off the dirt using a vegetable brush.Clean it carefully if you will keep the potato skin on your fries. The skin may have excess dirt, so make sure the potato skin is free from any bacteria or residue.If you plan on having the fries WITHOUT skin, then peel the skin off before rinsing it. No need to brush the peeled potato anymore.
  • Slice the Potatoes: Ready the crinkle cutter or Mandoline. If you have a Mandoline with adjustable thickness, choke one that is around 6mm.Slice the potatoes carefully and pass the end until you make one ridged slice. Continue until all your potatoes are sliced.Now, it's time to fry the potatoes.

Fry the potatoes

What You Need

  • Oil
  • Pot or saucepan for deep frying
  • Plate for serving
  • Paper towel: This is used to remove the excess oil after deep frying the waffle fries.
  • Seasoning: You can use any seasoning for the fries, depending on your taste buds. I recommend adding Cajun seasoning or flavored powder (cheese is my favorite!). Of course, salt is an essential. Make sure only to add a pinch or a few teaspoons to avoid overpowering the flavors.

​How to proceed

  • Heat Oil: Pour about four inches of oil into your pan and make the oil reach 180 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Check the temperature by using a kitchen thermometer. If not, you can splash droplets of water into the oil. If it sizzles, it's hot enough for frying.
  • Fry the Potatoes: Add the potatoes into the hot oil and fry it for a few minutes, turning it when needed. Take the fires out once they are in a golden brown color.
  • Drain Oil: Remove the excess oil by putting the cooked fries onto a plate with paper towels. Continue cooking the potatoes and draining the fries from oil until everything's done.
  • Season and Serve: Add some of your favorite seasonings, pair it with sauce, and serve it while it's hot!It will take about ten minutes to prepare the ingredients (cutting the potatoes) and less than half an hour to fry it, depending on how many potatoes you plan to fry.

​Tips on Cooking and Preparing Waffle Fries

When making waffle fries to consume, there are ways on how you can make it even tastier! Here are some tips to follow once you're ready to serve your waffle fries:​

  • Be sure to serve the fries fresh from the stove or oven. It's best eaten while it's hot and crispy. While you can store it in the fridge to consume it, later on, it will lose its crisp texture and be quite soggy if not stored properly.
  • When serving waffle fries, pair it with the main course or have it alone with ketchup or any other special fry sauce. You can combine other condiments together to make a whole new taste!
  • If you plan on keeping the cooked waffle fries for later consumption, you can try to preserve its crispness as much as you can by putting it in an airtight container and placing it in the main body of the fridge. Be sure that there won't be moisture entering the container to avoid soggy fries.
  • You can also prepare uncooked waffle fries to fry or bake it later. Cut the potatoes as stated from the instructions and then store the potatoes in an airtight container, adding it to the chiller of your fridge. Be sure to use it in three days to avoid the potatoes from spoiling.

In Conclusion

When you're planning on making fries, then you might want to consider making the unique waffle fries! These crispy golden fries are a delight to serve for your family and friends. They'll love your crisscross cuts and wonder how you did it. But little do they know, it's very easy to do!​

I hope that this article on how to make waffle fries helped you know what you need to do to recreate the famous crisscross fries you can find in famous restaurants. So what are you waiting for? Try making waffle fries today!

If you have any questions or would like to share your tips on how to make waffle fries, then comment down below. I would love to hear what you have to think.​

    Claire J. Ruiz

    I'm Claire, and my passion is cooking. I believe that food is what actually unites people and the dining table is where we set aside our differences. When we eat we become vulnerable because enjoying food requires a different level of trust and surrender to the person preparing your food. Sharing and enjoying food is one of the most intimate experiences in life.​

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