We haven’t made garlic fries in some years, so we looked at published recipes to see what people are doing. As far as we could tell, they all got it wrong! All the recipes we found suggested mincing the garlic and the sauteing it to “reduce the garlic flavor.” Duh! Why no just use less garlic? Those recipes also suggest pouring the cooking oil over the fries along with the dis-flavored garlic, making a greasy mess.
The problem is that cooking the garlic can easily make it nearly tasteless. You could throw on some rice instead! And further, since garlic has a lot of sugar in it, it is very easy to burn it!
As we noted in our previous article, garlic develops its flavor when you cut it up, and loses its flavor when heated.
So, we went back to our own recipe from years ago:
- 5-6 cloves of garlic
- 4-6 sprigs of Italian parsley
- 2-3 Tb Diamond Kosher salt
- French fries (frozen ones are OK)
- Mince the garlic to small pieces and then chop it with the parsley.
- Chop both into the pile of salt until well mixed.
- Toss over freshly made French fries and mix well. Let any excess fall off when you move them to a serving dish.
Serve at once.
Not much trouble here, and they go as well with hamburgers as they do with baseball. Note that we chose Diamond Kosher salt of Morton’s, because the salt crystals are smaller. And while we have a wooden counter top, we chose to chop this up on a cutting board, making cleanup easier.
To get the garlic smell off your hands, rub them with salt before washing them.