Pommes frites are just french fries – but since I don’t make them like traditional french fries I like to differentiate them so I can keep the recipes separate. Not only that but by using the term pommes frites I tend to think of them in a slightly better frame of mind, foodie wise, than french fries (which seem so McDonald’s like to me).
This is a twist on a very classic worldwide pairing – mayo (or even mayo and ketchup mixed together) with fries is VERY traditional, its not overly common here in the USA however. So try it next time if you haven’t yet. Its wonderful! Nearly everyone I have urged to try it loves it, they just never heard of it before.
In parts of Utah, Nevada and the Northwest USA there is a popular sauce usually called fry sauce (with a recipe here). My paternal grandparents and a few members of my extended family lived in Utah and then Oregon for a long time when I was a kid (and a chunk of them still live there) so I am familiar with it and always have been, I like it just fine, but its about the spicy for me!! Plain ketchup mixed in just isn’t enough spice.
Just combine and chill:
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
pinch of salt
pinch of granulated sugar
Now on to the pommes frites!
I try to always use russet potatoes as they produce the best fried fry. Anything else doesn’t get as crispy or dehydrates leaving only a shell behind. The only exception would be sweet potatoes, which make fantastic fries.
I soak them in cold water to remove the excess starch and then pat them dry. At this point I do a slow fry (a medium type of temperature). From here you can continue to do a quick, hot fry or you can freeze them and fry them at a later point.
Either way more in depth information is available here:
The only real difference between my method and any you may find online is instead of sprinkling with salt at the end, I sprinkle with seasoning salt. It gives it a big kick that salt can not compete with!!