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Hand-Cut Fries with Smoked Aioli.
© Tina Rupp

Hand-Cut Fries with Smoked Aioli

  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR
  • SERVINGS: 6
  • VEGETARIAN

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.

  1. 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  2. 1 garlic clove
  3. 1 teaspoon pimentón de la Vera (smoked Spanish paprika)
  4. 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  5. 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  6. Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  7. Vegetable oil, for frying
  8. 3 large baking potatoes (about 2 pounds), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick sticks
  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.