Hand-Cut Fries with Smoked Aioli

Proof on Main • Louisville, Kentucky

These ultra-crispy fries are a favorite at Proof on Main, where Michael Paley goes through roughly 500 Idaho potatoes a week making them. Use very firm potatoes to ensure optimum crispness.


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  • Servings: 6

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  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon pimentón de la Vera (smoked Spanish paprika)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 3 large baking potatoes (about 2 pounds), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick sticks

How to make this recipe

  1. In a food processor, puree the mayonnaise with the garlic, smoked paprika and lemon juice. Stir in 2 teaspoons of the parsley and season with salt and pepper. Scrape the aioli into a small bowl and refrigerate.

  2. In a large saucepan, heat 1 inch of oil to 250°. In a large bowl, rinse the potatoes and pat thoroughly dry. Working in batches, fry the potatoes until they are almost tender and look dry on the outside, about 6 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.

  3. Increase the oil temperature to 350°. Cook the fries in batches until golden and crisp, about 3 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain and immediately season with salt. Sprinkle the fries with the remaining 1 tablespoon of parsley and serve with the smoked aioli.

Contributed By Photo © Tina Rupp Published December 2010

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