Author Notes: Inspired by some fabulous fries I had at Spring in Paris, these potatoes are matchstick cut, triple fried in goose fat (what's better than that!?) so they're super crisp, and seasoned with flaky sea salt and the zest of orange, lemon, and lime--a confetti of bright color and flavor that cuts through the fat and brightens and livens the whole thing up into the most unforgettable French fry. - KerryFrenchRev
Serves 2 to 3
- 1 pound Idaho potatoes
- goose fat for frying
- 1 orange
- 1 lemon
- 1 lime
- Maldon sea salt, to taste
- Wash the potatoes well, but leave their skins on. Use a mandoline to carefully slice them into matchsticks. Place the matchsticks in a big bowl of cold water, and swish them around as though they were in a washing machine, to wash all the starch off. Drain the potatoes, and pat them extremely dry using paper towels or a clean dishcloth.
- Fill your frying vessel, preferably a medium-sized deep enameled cast iron pan, with at least 3 inches of goose fat. Heat the oil to 325°F. Working in batches so as not to overcrowd the pan, fry the potatoes for 2½ minutes. Drain on a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Continue until all the potatoes are fried.
- Raise the oil temperature to 360°F and repeat the same process, only this time fry the potatoes for only 1 minute. Drain the first batch, and repeat the process for all the potatoes. Then raise the heat to 375°F. Repeat the process again, still working in small batch. This time, fry the potatoes for only 15 seconds, until they are golden brown and crisp. Drain on a fresh set of paper towels, and season immediately with salt and citrus. You will want 8 Microplane swipes each from the orange, the lemon, and the lime. Crumble the Maldon salt between your fingers, salting the frites to taste. Use your fingertips to gently toss the salt and citrus zest amongst the frites. Eat right away!
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Citrus Recipe