Up until 1990 McDonald’s cooked their fries in 93% beef tallow. This crunchy snack tastes so good and you’ll never buy store-bought potato chips again! Put the potatoes back on the cooling rack. And I too would eat a platter of McD’s fries…. And Steve would be right there in line with you. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Ever since McDonald’s abandoned its beef tallow, Sorghum-braised belly, one benefit of being an ex-reviewer. So let me tell you how I make the perfect chip – if you’re going to do it, do it right. Return to the freezer for at least 1 hour. “Without question, the humble fried potato, the chip, is a gastronomic phenomenon in itself. Strain out any solids that accumulated in the oil. 17. Though I hardly recognized you!). Just make sure that you can reach 200°C! Jun 15, 2012 - If you love french fries, you've GOT to try making these easy fries for the lazy cook using healthy fats and real salt. Melt your friendly fat of choice in a very hot skillet or fry pan and place a layer of the sliced potatoes in – the potatoes shouldn’t be on top of each other. Potato gems AKA tater tots. I WANT THESE IN MY MOUTH RIGHT NOW AND THE MERE THOUGHT OF ROSEMARY SALT IS DRIVING ME BONKERS! I sliced two large baking potatoes into rounds, put them into a pot, covered them with water and simmered them at medium heat for 20 minutes, to get them soft. Set them on a cooling rack to dry out. We’ll cook up a storm. ( Log Out /  https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/the-perfect-chips I use an electric deep-fat fryer and have done for many years. Use a large metal sieve to gently lower the chips into the pan for around 8 minutes, or until soft but not coloured, then remove to a tray to cool. Blumenthal’s recipe (or at least this one we found attributed to him on Epicurious), calls for potatoes chipped, cooked, frozen, cooked, cooled and cooked again. At this stage you may want to cook your chips in 2-portion batches, so you don’t decrease the temperature of the oil too much or overcrowd the pan. Bet they won’t be as lovely and rosemary flavoured as yours. But (and you know what’s coming), somebody’s gotta do it. At home, we don’t cook chips very often, so when we do have them, we definitely want the real deal. Well this will be fun to try! potatoes! It’s just a shame that they’re not very good for you, but, like a good old cake, life wouldn’t be quite the same without them. They look great I always have Maris piper potatoes so I’ll have to try it out! Fry the chips until beautifully golden, then remove to a bowl lined with kitchen paper, shake around a bit, season with sea salt and serve right away. Well, Steve loves his experiments with animal fats. https://www.sbs.com.au/food/article/2020/05/06/how-make-perfect-potato-chip , Wow. Skinny and shoestring fries are delicious, but a proper fat handcut chip is something else. Using the techniques he mastered making lard, Steve separated out sinew and silverskin, rendered down his suet, strained off the resulting yellowish fat and stored it in a jar, where it became interestingly stiff and waxlike even at room temperature. So far I haven’t knowingly eaten them cooked in horse fat, but I’d be first in the queue if I heard of a chip shop using it in London. I admire your ceaseless commitment to the cause. ( Log Out /  But, if you’re after flavour, cooking chips in beef tallow (rendered beef fat you can get from your butcher) gives you better flavour and colour – the choice is yours. It’s a tough job. Obviously not a dish in frequent rotation for home cooking, but worth all the trouble once in a great while. Cheers. The chips are kettle fried in organic, unrefined coconut oil. Those fries are quite a lot of work; I had heard of parboiling, but not of freezing! I meant to say it wasn’t the Gravatar I was accustomed to seeing. Flip the potatoes over after a couple minute of frying … It really made me appreciate all the delicious chips we had in England and Wales last fall. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. No oil needed! Turn the heat up under the oil and return one blanched chip to the oil as a guide again. I’m drooling. ( Log Out /  Beef tallow is protective against metastatic breast tumors. He recommends horse fat, along with tallow. . Beef tallow and waste cooking oils that is discarded as waste from households and restaurants after frying is reviewed for the production of toilet (bath) soap. Yum! Sea salt is added to enhance the flavor, and for its numerous trace minerals. Save those frequent flyer miles, and come visit anytime! Bring oil back up to 350* before cooking the next batch of potato chips. To make our fries we turned to Heston Blumenthal, the father of triple-cooked chips, to try and recreate the experience we’d enjoyed last fall at The Three Tuns in Hay-on-Wye, sadly without the beer-battered cod. Once it starts to shimmer a little, place a single test fry in the oil. Method. If only I lived close enough to participate in taste-testing… When I opened this post in my email and read just the title, I knew it was going to be a good post. Just realized that comment reads strangely. The American company, which has served more than 200 billion portions of french fries around the world, confessed to a method of using beef fat to partly fry chips before they are sent to restaurants. Step 2: In a roasting tin, heat the tallow oil until melted, approx 6-7 minutes. They look like great chips! It may mean extra work (mainly for Michelle) and we may need some guests, but someday Gourmandistan would like to try a side-by-side triple-cooked chip comparison between beef tallow and duck fat. I’m not sure if I would have eaten them or worshipped them. Yes, a bit more work but I wouldn’t mind a little extra effort for the sake of the best fries Gourmandistan has ever made! I remember reading Steingarten’s chapter on the perfect fries and thinking, “Who would go to so much trouble? Research conducted at The Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy, University of California, School of Medicine, Davis, CA, has shown that “Beef Tallow Increases the Potency of Conjugated Linoleic Acid in the Reduction of Mouse Mammary Tumor Metastasis.” The title says it all. We’ll keep you posted. We only fry them twice though, but I’ve never used suet (though many people here do, they even sell cartons of “graisse de boeuf” at supermarkets, which are far from appealing). Drain on a cooling rack and sprinkle with rosemary salt. Remove from oven and cool. AsI grew up, we always had a bowl of it in the press, creamy on top and the hard bits of crispy stuff stuck in a gelatine like layer in the base of the bowl. Chip shops have massive industrial fryers, which you can’t recreate at home, so you need to use a large sturdy pan on a medium to high heat (unless you own a deep-fat fryer, of course). Dry rosemary sprig in a 200° F oven for about 45 minutes. We understand that triple-cooked chips are now quite trite in Britain but, like universal healthcare, are something that needs to catch on in the States. The sweet potatoes for Jackson's Honest Sea Salt Sweet Potato Chips are sourced from farms which never use GMO varieties of vegetables. French fries made from beef tallow have an awesome flavor. (adapted from Heston Blumenthal, here and here). There is no doubt that beef dripping makes the difference. Apparently Belgium is the place to get them , I have that book, but haven’t looked at it in years. The ability potatoes have to get mega crispy on the outside and super-fluffy in the middle when cooked is so good. I drained the potatoes … Get the recipe at Food & Wine. Landing somewhere between a chip that's let itself go and a hash brown that never made it, repeats of The Sullivans are more exciting than these spud nubs. Learn how your comment data is processed. You folks take your french fries seriously! Mash leaves with salt in a mortar and pestle. Just ugh. In any case they both look and sound delicious. Boy was I wrong! Apr 28, 2020 - Crispy and healthy homemade Air Fryer Potato Chips made with only 3 ingredients. So crispy… They look exceptional. So down to business: chop 800g of Maris Piper potatoes into finger-sized chips, leaving the skin on – don’t be too exact. Three obvious things are important on your journey to perfection – your choice of potato, your choice of oil and your choice of salt. On oil, sunflower and sunseed are very efficient, and many people swear by using groundnut oil. Drain well and shake on sea salt. If you don’t have a thermometer, use a raw chip, and as it starts to float and fry the temperature should be about 140°C, which is perfect for blanching. 18. I love that, Conor! Brooklyn chef Norberto Piattoni roasts buttery fingerling potatoes until extra crispy in his Beef Tallow Potatoes with Spicy Paprika. Oooo. . He also calls for “Maris Piper” potatoes, which we’ve never heard of nor seen in America. We make rosemary aioli for fries and after reading about your rosemary salt I imagine that is really all you need. When a serious potato-chip craving strikes, sometimes the average bag of Lays simply will not do. . Place the chips in a bowl under running water for several minutes to wash the starch off. What an interesting method! Thanks, Misti. It is said that desire is the cause of all suffering. Yo Hos and other potato chips will never taste like they did because they stopped being fried in beef tallow (aka cow lard). Excellent. Bet you can't eat just one! But, while we get lots of great skinny ones, we seldom find the thick British type done well here. Before we went to England last fall, I always said “I hate thick fries.” But little did I realize that there was something besides those godawful frozen “steak fries” you get in crappy restaurants all over the U.S.! Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels. Somehow, though, now that you say it, I think I remember that. You'll be hooked right away. Oooh, rosemary aioli sounds like a great idea. Thank you, Elaine. These look wonderful. (You can actually make candles with it. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. ( Log Out /  Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. It’s really hard, even at the farmers’ markets, to find more than just russet or fingerling or red… Fries are something that are best left to a restaurant kitchen, I think. You two didn’t disappoint—you never do—but you *did* manage to make me awfully hungry. Ever since McDonald’s abandoned its beef tallow, Gourmandistan has often wondered if beef fat really made a difference. 300g baby potatoes Large tbsp Boil and Broth beef tallow oil 2 tsp Himalayan salt 1 tsp pepper 1 tbsp mixed herbs. Hi Tallow-cooked chip lovers… A deep fat fryer, Nancy, is absolutely OK to cook chips (American call ’em fries) in. Your oil should be 8cm deep, but never fill your pan more than half full. Fry potato chips in small batches, flip part-way through as needed and cook until desired color, just past golden brown. I wish that Americans would take potato varieties more seriously. Steve obtained a bag of beef suet during the waning days of our nearby Foxhollow Farm store, with the specific intent of rendering it down for tallow, then forcing Michelle to make French fries with the stuff. I’ll ask the lady at our Friday-night frites joint how she makes hers (which are absolutely amazing), maybe between you and her I’ll give suet a try some day . Next time you want to fry up some fries or potato chips reach for the beef tallow instead of the vegetable oil and you will be rewarded with some fries that have just a … Heat the fat over medium-high heat in a large stainless steel or cast iron pan. Especially with a great big dollop of mayonnaise. The tallow melted into hot golden fat, well handling two batches of potato pieces and producing tasty, crispy bits with delightfully fluffy centers. , Excellent! Same reason Mickey D's fries way back in … Once it’s floating and golden the temperature should be about 180°C, which is perfect for frying and will give you chips with those all-important crispy outsides and fluffy middles. But he did help us attain the best fries Gourmandistan has ever made. Upgrade your snack arsenal with these insanely flavorful, zesty Lime & Cracked Pepper potato chips from Red Rock Deli. Tasty is tasty, simple as that. These are wonderful. Remove the cooked chips from the water with a slotted spoon. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. (Risking our status as food snobs, we confess we would probably scarf down a pile of McFries if they were placed in front of us right now, beef-tallowed or not.) This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Have you read Jeffrey Steingarten’s chapter on Fries in The Man Who Ate Everything? (and yes, I was looking for that ice cream recipe at first when I scrolled down the photos ;-)). If that is indeed true, we must say Heston Blumenthal has not helped us as we work toward Buddhahood. Heat about 4″ of fat in a heavy saucepan to 265° F. Fry the chips in small batches for approximately 5 minutes, until a light crust forms. But customer demand for less saturated fat prompted a switch to vegetable oil in the early '90s. You get the comment of the month award! Thanks, Sabine. . These taste every bit as crunchy-licious as they look -- I love being able to eat fried foods now! Ugh. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! I love triple-cooked chips. Lovely photos as always. Place the potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water. https://gourmandistan.com/2014/06/15/the-tallow-of-triple-cooked-chips Croquetas. I get out my grandma’s good cast iron skillet, slide the solid disc of tallow into it (it was in the fridge, after all) and turn the heat on medium. Wow. !” Now I know . Dec 29, 2017 - Want to know how to make homemade potato chips? Mmmm, triple cooked duck fat chips…staying tuned. Change ). For me, the Maris Piper potato wins every time, and you want to use nice large ones. Fast forward a couple of weeks and I finally get around to having Josh buy some potatoes so I can try out the tallow. I literally couldn't stop eating these addictive potato chips the first time I tried 'em, making these tasty snacks my Editor's Choice. And thank you for the rosemary salt idea! Then we’ll just go out to restaurants for it, once we see how much trouble is involved. I’m glad to know I wasn’t the only one never to have heard of Maris Piper and (her?) Finally, on salt, being an Essex boy, in my house it has to be Maldon sea salt. . Strip leaves from stem. Peel potatoes and cut into chips, about 3/4″ x 3/4″ x 2-1/2″ in size. I think tallow candles smell quite bad. That looks crispy delicious soft chips! . The flavor did indeed seem richer and more robust than canola or other neutral oil. We use a very starchy Dutch variety of potatoes called Bintje, and it yields excellent chips, soft on the inside and nice and cruchy on the outside. Transfer the potatoes to a 16-by-12-inch rimmed baking pan and separate the slices so they don't overlap. Step 1: Heat the oven to 220C / 200C in a fan oven. Keep hot in a 325* oven until it’s time to serve. Reduce heat and simmer until the chips are almost falling apart, about 20 minutes. Great photo! Not having access to McDonald’s patented potato, we substituted a russet variety and hoped for the best. Once cooled a bit, place the rack with the potatoes on it in the freezer for at least 1 hour. Must now go in search of good chips for lunch. We’ll try most anything … once. Had some great duck fat fries in Portland, Maine, so am anxious for your comparison test :). I am seriously impressed at how much work went into making these!! Ah, there’s a Belgian inside that Welshman. Before I went to Britain last year, I had this stupid idea that “chips” were like those godawful frozen “steak fries” one finds everywhere in the States. But we’re a food blog, not a craft blog.). It’s almost needless to say we enjoyed them very, very much, especially with a sprinkling of rosemary salt. ”, Please enable functionality cookies to use this feature, Please enable targetting cookies to show this banner, Dinner, sorted: Jamie’s fresh gnocchi, pasta, & sauce range, Cooking Buddies: Kitchen hacks with Buddy, 800 g Maris Piper potatoes. When the tallow melts, add the potatoes and, with a large rubber spatula, stir until coated. Here in Lille, les frites are an institution! Was it the best fry oil ever? Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Wish I could have tasted some right away from that parchment paper! (The hazard of dashing off something without thinking about it.) The Irish version of the bacon drippings everybody keeps here in the Southern U.S. OH MY GOD! In the good old days, McDonald's fries were cooked in beef tallow. At the time, Maccies was cooking its chips in an animal fat called beef tallow. It was quite a bit of work, and may not have matched the McDonald’s salty matchsticks of our youth, but our “chips” came out quite fine. Step 3: Whilst the oil is melting in the oven, wash and scrub the potatoes Wow! Tallow cooks at a higher temperature than all other oils! Chips cooked in lard or beef dripping were very popular in in Britain, especially in the north, but I believe most have switched to vegetable oil these days, which is a great shame, since they really are better cooked in animal fat . (And like the new Gravatar. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Then reheat the oil to 350° F. Fry the chips in small batches until golden. the perfect snack anytime. 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