If you're like me, and I'm sure many others around the world, you picked up on a few new recipes over the last couple of years. Due to a pandemic-induced quarantine, I had to cook at home three times as much. Problem is, my kids were kinda used to a fast food meal at least once per week on our way to Bible Study on Wednesdays or coming home from church on Sundays.
And even though they now do Wednesday Night Bible Study and Sunday School on Zoom, they still want to have that "fast food" experience.
So I started buying large boxes of frozen 1/4lb 100% beef hamburger patties - $30 for a box of 32 patties - and hamburger buns - $1 for 8 rolls. That's about $1.06 per sandwich! That alone had me on board lol. But then... they wanted fries. Duhn, duhn, duuuuhn!
I don't know why, but I have always been intimidated by the notion of making tasty, crispy, McDonald's style french fries at home. Then I watched my husband make potato wedges almost as good as KFC and I realized how easy it really is. Then I considered the cost.
Did you know a 5 lb bag of potatoes (approx. 14 large potatoes) only cost about $2.99! And you only need to use about 1 medium-sized potato per person for each family meal! Seemed worth it to me so I gave it try. I partially overcooked a few batches. But now, after making them at least once EVERY week for the last 2 years, I finally perfected the process. Now, Wednesday in my house is "Hamburger Humpday" and a side of homemade french fries and some fresh cooked veggies (gotta keep it healthy) makes it a great fast food meal at home!
If you're not sure you could just wing it and make great french fries at home, follow this recipe:
Homemade French Fries Recipe
What You Need:
- 3 large potatoes
- Vegetable Oil
- Sharp Knife
- Spatula/Slotted Spoon
- Large Skillet
- Large Bowl w/paper towel
What To Do:
- Heat vegetable oil on medium - add enough oil to be approx. 3/4 inch deep.
- Thoroughly rinse potatoes then peel skin off with sharp knife or potato peeler.
- Cut potatoes into 1/4 inch sticks.
- Carefully slide cut potatoes into hot oil. Spread potatoes around in oil to form a single even layer.
- Cover pan and cook for 4 - 5 minutes.
- Uncover, flip and separate fries so they are not sticking together and can brown on all sides.
- After flipping and separating, allow fries to cook uncovered for 2 - 3 minutes.
- Line a large bowl or baking sheet with paper towel and transfer fries from pan to bowl or baking sheet with spatula or slotted spoon.
- Sprinkle with salt and toss.