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The Best Truffle Fries
If you're in the mood for some truffle fries, then this blog post is just what you need! We've compiled a list of our top truffle fry recipes that are sure to satisfy your craving. But before we dive into that, let's talk about why they're so popular and how you can make them at home.
Watch this video for one chef's take on how to make truffle fries
What are truffle fries?
Truffle fries are a dish consisting of thick-cut, deep fried potato strips that have been tossed in truffle oil and salt. The resulting combination is very flavorful and aromatic with an earthy taste from the truffles, as well as salty and buttery notes from the potatoes themselves. Truffle fries can be eaten alone or they may also serve as a side dish to complement other foods on your plate.
They are a common dish in France, Belgium and Canada. Interestingly enough, they're also popular in Indonesia where the term for them is "pindas". The Indonesian version of truffle fries typically uses fried potatoes which have been tossed with fresh garlic cloves before being served. It's believed that this recipe originated from the Dutch who introduced their national dish to Indonesia during colonial times as part of an effort to introduce Western culture into the region following World War II.
Truffle fries can be found at many different restaurants or you may even make your own by slicing up some potatoes and deep frying them until they turn golden brown color on both sides. They taste best when eaten right away but will still maintain most of their flavor if they're wrapped up and left to cool.
How to make the perfect truffle fries
The perfect truffle fries are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
What do you need?
Olive oil or canola oil.
Garlic powder or minced fresh garlic cloves (optional).
Grater for zesting lemon peel.
White truffle butter from specialty stores or an artisanal producer like Le Truffe Lab in France.
Here's what to do:
Wash potatoes well.
Dry completely with paper towel.
Cut into fry shapes about ½ inch thick.
Place them into a large bowl with water and let them soak for 20-30 minutes, removing from bowl and patting them dry once finished.
Drop whole potato pieces into hot oil using tongs so they don't stick together and cook for about two minutes, then turn them with tongs and cook for another one to three minutes.
Remove from oil and place on a paper towel or parchment paper lined baking sheet in single layer (or in a large bowl if you prefer).
Sprinkle generously with salt, pepper, garlic powder or fresh minced garlic cloves (optional).
Zest lemon peel over top of crispy fries until all the white pith is removed off peel making sure not to touch any fleshy part of fruit.
Add walnut sized chunks of truffle butter onto potatoes immediately after sprinkling spices so they melt quickly into skins before serving.
Want another take?
There are many ways to make the perfect truffle fries. This is how chef Todd English of Cafe Boulud makes them: He cuts a potato into thicker, rectangular slices and then fries those until they're crispy on the outside but still soft inside (the best part!). Then he coats the chips generously in salt and ground black pepper-never even thinking about adding garlic or other spices! He places each crisp rectangle onto an individual plate with some liquid white truffle butter melting over top before serving. As you can see there are many variations for making this dish.
Truffle fries are the perfect side dish for any meal. It's simple to make, and after you do it a few times, they'll be your new go-to recipe when only something quick will do. No need to order out or spend more money at restaurants when these delicious fries can be made right in your kitchen!
The best places for a side of truffle fries
The Spotted Pig - The truffle fries at this upscale pub are made with 100% Yukon Gold potatoes, then fried to perfection and tossed in a rich and creamy cheese sauce.
Bouley By David Bouley - These crispy and peppery fries come tossed in herbed olive oil and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese after they're fried to perfection.
Dale Talde - Head chef Dale Talde has an interesting take on the classic dish, frying them until golden brown before adding grated Parmesan cheese, chopped parsley, chives for extra flavor.
ABC Kitchen - Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's ABC kitchen does their version of truffle fries right by tossing them in white cheddar sauce that is spiked with horseradish cream for some kick! *Craftsman & Wolves - This San Francisco spot combines two American favorites into one dish: fries and cheese sauce.
The French Laundry - The truffle fries at this famous Napa Valley restaurant are made with Yukon Gold potatoes that have been blanched, peeled, cut into matchsticks then fried until they achieve a crispy outside and soft inside.
Tru - This Atlanta spot offers up their signature Tru Fries as an appetizer or side dish for any of the dishes on the menu. It's not about how you like your fries but what kind of seasoning do you prefer? Choose from Tru Seasoning (aka Salt-n-Pepper) to Parmesan Garlic Herb Blend to Buffalo Sauce Drizzle to Spicy Sriracha Ranch Dressing!
Balthazar French Restaurant - The truffle fries at this New York City restaurant are made with Yukon Gold potatoes that have been blanched, peeled and then hand-cut into matchstick shapes. They're fried in peanut oil for a touch of sweetness before being tossed in garlic butter, chopped parsley and grated Pecorino Romano cheese.
Truffle fry recipes
Parsley Truffle Fries
Four Russet potatoes.
White truffle oil or black truffle oil.
One cup olive oil (extra virgin).
Quarter teaspoon sea salt.
Pinch of pepper flakes or red pepper powder.
Two tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves which is optional but recommended!
Note: You can use dried herbs if that's what you have on hand. It will not taste as good though.
A decent pinch of finely grated parmesan cheese is also a good addition if you want to make it into a Parmesan Truffle Fries recipe, so don't be shy with it! Add the Parmesan at the end after you've finished frying them all up because otherwise it'll get too crispy and burnt before the truffle oil is even applied.
Slice potatoes into fries or potato wedges and soak in cold water for 30 minutes to remove excess starch, then pat them dry with a paper towel or dish rag.
In a large pot heat olive oil over medium-high heat until it starts to shimmer (about 325°F).
Note: Keep an eye on the temperature while you're frying if your stove runs hot! You don't want to burn the outside before they cook through.
Reduce heat as necessary so that they don't brown too quickly but still get cooked all the way through. If there's no room in one pot, use another and simply transfer batches of fried potato with tongs as needed when they're done cooking.
Add salt, pepper flakes, and potatoes.
Cook for about 12 minutes or until golden brown (turn the fries every couple of minutes to make sure they cook evenly) then remove from oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
Note: You don't want them too wet because it'll dilute the flavor so pat your cooked potato slices dry with a dish rag or paper towel before adding in any seasonings.
In another pot heat truffle oil over medium-low heat until warm (~100°F).
Sidenote: Make sure you buy really good quality olive oil if you're using high end ingredients like Truffle Oil! That's where most of the flavor will come from.
Add one tablespoon truffle oil to a large mixing bowl with the potatoes, and toss until well coated. Add salt to taste.
Add a little drizzle of truffle oil in small batches as you do not want this mixture too wet or it will dilute the flavor.
Toss again to coat evenly then add pepper flakes and fresh thyme leaves, if using.
Let sit for at least 30 minutes before frying so that flavors can infuse into the fries while they soak up some of those tasty herbs!
Reasons why you should try them!
They're like your favorite fries, but better!
Truffle seasonings are delicious. You'll love the flavor of this recipe.
One bite and you'll be hooked on truffle fries for life.
Truffle fries are a must try for anyone. Be adventurous and taste these amazing truffle fries!
What are truffle fries made of?
Truffle fries are french fries topped with a special type of oil. This is usually called truffle oil but it's also referred to as black or white truffle sauce and can be used for potatoes, pasta, or rice dishes. Actual truffles themselves are fungi that grow underground near the roots of trees such as oak in Europe, hazelnut in North America, and walnut in Asia. When you cut open one of these mushrooms they give off an earthy smell like fresh dirt which many people find quite pleasant. The fungus has been hunted by humans since Roman times because this particular flavor was very popular among aristocracy when cooking their fine foods at home during feasts.
What do truffle fries taste like?
Truffle fries taste like french fries with a light truffle flavor. They're decadent but not too heavy, making them the perfect appetizer for your next party or get-together!
Truffle fries are often served with a variety of dipping sauces, such as ketchup and mayonnaise. If you're more into savory flavors versus sweet, we recommend trying truffle parmesan or truffle salt! The options are endless when it comes to the perfect pairing for your next batch of golden fries.
What are truffle potatoes?
Truffles are rare and edible mushrooms that grow underground near the roots of trees. Truffle fries are potatoes that have been soaked in water, shaved with a special machine into long thin pieces like French fry shape, but thinner and crunchier on the outside. They’re then fried until golden brown and tossed with real truffle oil before they come out to be served. They are a delicacy.
Truffles have been around for centuries, but only in recent years have they become so popular that chefs can charge an exorbitant amount of money to put them on your plate. They’re found all over the world, from France and Italy to China and North America. There are many different kinds of truffles depending on where they grow: black truffle which is very pungent; winter white or summer white (which both come out at different times); Alba Truffle from Piedmont, Italy considered by many to be the finest tasting because it has more oil content than others do; Perigord Black Truffle from France also prized for its fresh earthy smell and full flavor; and the Chinese Black Truffle which is a bit less pungent than some of its counterparts.
The black truffle was widely used in Italy, but they are now scarce because people everywhere have been collecting them for their restaurants. It’s also the most expensive variety, costing as much as $700 per pound retail. There has been an upsurge in demand for other varieties too, so prices have gone through the roof even though it can still take many years to find one that size on your own property! The white ones usually range from around $200-$400 per pound wholesale depending upon quality and seasonality (the best time to harvest them being during winter).
Truffles grow on the roots of trees, so they can be found in forests or around fields where there are many types of tree. They’re often used as a topping for things like scrambled eggs and pasta but it is almost always best to shave them very thinly with something called a mandoline first. Truffles have an amazing flavor that instantly makes everything taste better!
Is truffle oil bad?
No, it’s just expensive. Truffle oil is a flavored cooking ingredient made from the purest of oils and contains no artificial flavors or ingredients like MSG. It has an intense flavor that enhances any dish you put it on while also adding in a hint of garlic to make your meal even more scrumptious than before!
Final thoughts on truffle fries
Hope you enjoyed this article about truffle fries!
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