Wonder Fries

By • November 19, 2013 • 89 Comments



Author Notes: If you are looking for a good excuse to deep fry something -- and who isn't? -- give these Wonder Fries a whirl. They are whole fingerling potatoes, first boiled then fried, and then topped with a lip-smacking miso mayonnaise and a nice bite of green onions. They are a starchy, savory bomb, highly addictive in both flavor and texture. Eat them fast not only because they're good hot but because if you're sharing these, you'll have competition. When I eat fried potatoes, I like them on the salty side, but for some the miso mayonnaise might be salty enough, so I've made the finishing sprinkle of salt optional. If you like a little spice, add a splash (or more) of your favorite hot sauce in with the mayonnaise. These fries will have you wondering why you don't make them all the time!vvvanessa

Food52 Review: WHO: vvvanessa is a Food52-er, recreational baker, and one of the minds behind the blog Hungreem.
WHAT: These can be a snack, or a side, or your entire brunch. Just don’t expect to have leftovers.
HOW: Fingerling potatoes are boiled first, gently smashed, fried, and then drizzled with miso mayonnaise and sharp green onions.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, these are potatoes of our dreams. The miso mayo is truly essential -- so don't skimp.
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Serves 4, as a side

  • 1 1/2 pound fingerling potatoes, each as close to the same size as possible
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons miso paste (brown is ideal, or try chickpea or brown rice miso)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Oil for frying (I use rice bran, peanut, and/or safflower)
  • 2 stalks of green onions, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • Sea salt (optional)
  1. Wash the potatoes and place them a deep pot. (Halve any large ones if needed.) Cover them with 2 inches of water.
  2. Place the pot on high heat, bring to a boil, and cook the potatoes until just barely cooked, about 8 to 12 minutes depending on size. You don't want them to get soft, so test them frequently. The tip of sharp knife should penetrate the flesh easily but not split the potato in half. Err on the side of slightly undercooking them.
  3. While the potatoes cook, prepare a sheet pan or large frying pan with a thick dish towel. When the potatoes are done, drain them, and spread them out on the dish towel. Roll them around a bit to dry them off, then let them sit for 5 minutes to cool slightly.
  4. While the potatoes cool, mix the mayonnaise, miso, and lemon juice thoroughly in a small bowl. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  5. While the potatoes are still warm but not too crazy-hot to handle, firmly but gently crush each potato to break the skin and flatten just slightly. I use a dish towel under the heel of my hand to help press the potatoes down. You want to them to be mostly intact, but if they break in half, no big.
  6. Prepare your deep fryer (I use a cast iron pan with a few inches of oil) and have at the ready a sheet pan lined with newspaper, a grocery bag, or paper towels. Fry the potatoes in batches at 375º F until the edges brown, about 4 minutes (in the cast iron pan, I do 2 minutes on each side). If you'd like, keep the potatoes warm in a 200º F oven until all of them are cooked.
  7. In a serving dish, toss the potatoes with the green onions. Top with the miso mayonnaise and an optional sprinkle of salt. Serve immediately.
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18 days ago Diana Ascarrunz

Lightened these up by just cutting them in half and roasting the potatoes, served with the same mayo sauce and roasted green beans

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11 days ago vvvanessa

Mmm! I love green beans and potatoes!

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18 days ago Gypsyspirit

Goodness gracious!!! These will be our new staple side dish when I make bison burgers. Thank you!!!

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11 days ago vvvanessa

Bison burgers! I need to try one some time (hint hint).

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11 days ago Gypsyspirit

I put a bison burger recipe up!

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3 months ago arthurb3

Wow!

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about 1 month ago vvvanessa

Thank you!

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4 months ago Elysse

These are fantastic! I made a batch last night with a double-batch of homemade mayo and ate way too many. We had the leftovers for breakfast with avocado and egg. I used baby yukons cut in half, and fried them in a mix of avocado and coconut oil (what I had on hand). This was my first time deep frying anything on my own and it was really easy (too easy, made me want to make these again soon!).

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about 1 month ago vvvanessa

So glad you enjoyed them!

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4 months ago Ceege

Can't wait to try these. I make a similar dish, using small red potatoes and using a kind of pesto sauce. The only other change is I bake in a very hot oven and they do get nice and crispy. They have been well received every time I have made them for guests. I will try these at my next dinner party.

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about 1 month ago vvvanessa

Mmm...pesto fries! Sounds great!

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4 months ago yjZuk

miso mayonnaise, an evil invention. makes mayonnaise even tastier!

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about 1 month ago vvvanessa

It's the good kind of evil : )

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6 months ago Pat in SoCal

I'm trying these for tomorrow with mixed baby white and red potatoes about the size of large marbles. I couldn't find fingerlings and these were so cute! I think it will work. I'm par-cooking the potatoes today. Do you think they need to be warmed through again before they're smashed for the frying step?

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6 months ago vvvanessa

The potatoes are easier to smush when they're warm, and I'm sure the little guys will work just fine. Thanks for giving them a try-- I hope you enjoy them!

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6 months ago Ralf Streithorst

wonder fries indeed, these were amazing. miso mayonnaise is crack!

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6 months ago vvvanessa

Thanks! Miso mayo on everything!

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6 months ago Idratherbe Fishin

makes me hungry!!

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6 months ago vvvanessa

I suggest giving in to them!

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7 months ago yohanbolt

tasty and awesome.
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7 months ago Millie | Add A Little

Oh my gosh!! These look amazing!! I might try roasting them to make a healthier alternative and see how they turn out!

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7 months ago vvvanessa

I used to roast these and found that spraying or basting both sides of the potatoes with olive oil really helped to get color on them. But I like the texture of the fried version! I hope you enjoy them whichever way you cook them.

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7 months ago Christine

These were lovely! We added a little basil and salt, then dipped them in a homemade ketchup! We'll definitely be making this on a more regular basis and next time perhaps we'll make that miso mayonnaise too! Thanks!

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7 months ago vvvanessa

Mmm...homemade ketchup! So glad you enjoyed them!

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7 months ago Roberta Griffin

You say to top the potatoes with the miso paste, do you then toss them? I am servicing these tonight so I hope there is an answer for me before then.

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7 months ago vvvanessa

I don't toss them but rather use the miso-mayonnaise mixture as a dipping sauce that just happens to sit on the potatoes. You can also serve it on the side. See the photos above for reference. i hope you enjoy them!

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7 months ago Roberta Griffin

Thank you, nice typo by me. I was serving them that night. Big hit, but I did toss them and served the mayo on the side as well. Thank you for sharing.

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7 months ago I_Fortuna

This is a wonderful recipe. I love the combo! All miso is brown. Live Hatcho miso is very dark brown and very strong tasting. Then there is what is called white (shiromiso) miso which is actually light maple sugar brown and lighter tasting, lastly, there is red (akamiso) miso which is a darker brown sugar brown and stronger than white miso. There are others such as barley, a very popular miso, and miso made from beans, hemp seed, buckwheat, rye, etc. For this recipe I would use white miso.
Most miso is free from genetic engineering especially if the miso is Japanese produced. Japan refuses any GMO foods or seeds in its country. Live miso will last for years in the fridge. I have miso that is 6 years old and still as fresh as the day I bought it. It is the perfect fermented food in my opinion. Hatcho miso is considered medicinal in Japan and is one of my favorites. I could eat it buy the spoonful. Be aware that most miso has a lot of salt to adjust your recipe accordingly. Thanks so much for this recipe!

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7 months ago vvvanessa

Thanks for the info-- I made the salt optional for this recipe because of the miso, but I always find myself adding a bit!

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7 months ago food-alovestory.com

Gorgeous! Anything potato, fried, mayo, miso, lemon - and in combination? You've won my heart!

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7 months ago vvvanessa

Thank you! Our tastebuds must be related!

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8 months ago Midge

Holy yum. Big congrats vvvanessa.

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7 months ago vvvanessa

Thanks, Midge!

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8 months ago Katheryn's Kitchen

Thanks Vanessa, my blog is two years old now and I just do it for fun. Just thought I would start posting what we ate. My photos were the pits at the beginning but are getting better with time, I am starting to understand lighting. Your photos are gorgeous! Thanks re the logo by the way.:))) have a Merry Christmas.

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8 months ago Sandra

Congratulations! Holy cow! I am not a big potato fan but this is worth a try

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8 months ago vvvanessa

Thanks! I hope these turn you over!

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8 months ago Brussels Sprouts for Breakfast

Congrats!! I can't wait to test them out!

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8 months ago vvvanessa

Thank you, Brussels Sprouts for Breakfast!

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8 months ago Katheryn's Kitchen

Congratulations on the win V! Just checked out your website, how unique and fun, love it!

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8 months ago vvvanessa

Thanks, Katheryn-- I was certainly sweating a bit going up against your gorgeous scalloped potatoes! And speaking of blogs, your logo is fantastic! I'm looking forward to reading through your archives.

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8 months ago foxeslovelemons

Congratulations! This win is very well deserved - great recipe!

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8 months ago vvvanessa

Thank you!

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8 months ago thirschfeld

vvvanessa these look great! I can only imagine they would be fantastic with Momofuku fried chicken. I will be trying these soon. Congratulations.

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8 months ago vvvanessa

Thanks so much, thirschfeld! I think I should test your hypothesis immediately.

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8 months ago lapadia

Right on,V!

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8 months ago vvvanessa

Woohoo! Thanks, lp!

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8 months ago StephenBoccaBacon

putting more oil on my shopping list. must. make. soon.

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8 months ago vvvanessa

Or you could just use that 5-gallon bucket of lard in the walk-in.

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8 months ago savorthis

Oh yum. I have a steak that wants eating and these look like a great side! We always serve a mayo-y dip of some sort with potatoes and miso, lemon, hot sauce sounds awesome.

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8 months ago vvvanessa

Mmm...steak and fries!

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8 months ago infinitezest

Made these last night and hooooly crap. Best potatoes I have ever had in my life. I will be making these all the time, even with the oil. I had leftovers for breakfast with fried eggs and avocado, and more miso-mayo, which was unbelievable. So if you're on the fence about these: JUST DO IT. It's worth every second and inch of oil. Thank you for these amazing gems!

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8 months ago vvvanessa

Wow, thanks! I like fried eggs on my fries, too!

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8 months ago Christine

So beautiful-my husband and I love fries on date night-I may have to surprise him with these! Thanks for the idea!

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8 months ago vvvanessa

You're welcome! I hope he likes them!

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8 months ago Katheryn's Kitchen

Summer- probably just an editorial mistake but you really don't have to deep fry and I'm sure VVVanessa would agree, you could just toss in olive oil and bake in the oven or brown on the stovetop in alittle oil. Won't be as decadent and all round crunchy but will still be delicious. When I look at recipes I often change them slightly to suit me and my families tastes.

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8 months ago vvvanessa

Thanks, Katheryn's Kitchen! Yes, I used to make these pan-fried and still do sometimes. They come out more like big homefries that way. I find that the deep-fried version actually seems less oily, or that's what I tell myself at least!

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8 months ago littleman

Baked "fries" just don't do it for me. The frying here is the gild on the lily.

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8 months ago Summer

Hmmm, the post on Food Spotting stated 'all without deep-frying'. Kind of disappointing to follow the link only to see that they do in fact require deep frying.

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8 months ago Summer

Sorry, Taste Spotting, not Food Spotting.

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8 months ago vvvanessa

It looks like it was just a mistake when the recipe was submitted to Tastespotting. But as Katheryn's Kitchen mentions, you can totally pan fry these or roast them after the potatoes are boiled. Do give a good coating of olive oil, though, so they will brown nicely. And the miso mayonnaise will definitely make them tasty!

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8 months ago ChefJune

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and also a good excuse to use my bain a friture which has sat idle too long. :)

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8 months ago ChefJune

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I AM making these this weekend. And hope that someone will come over to keep me from eating all of them!

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8 months ago vvvanessa

Oh, fun! These are a great excuse to get your fryer out of hibernation!

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8 months ago vrunka

As soon as I saw this recipe, I headed to the kitchen to make these. How can you resist anything called "Wonder Fries"?? Well, they did not disappoint. Amazing! The only problem with Wonder Fries is that now I want them all the time!

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8 months ago vvvanessa

This is not a problem; it is an opportunity.

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8 months ago vrunka

an opportunity to buy bigger pants, maybe.

but seriously, congratulations!! they are, well, wonderful!

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8 months ago bonbonmarie

ha ha! honestly, I am a bit afraid of these! I know how weak I am! (no doubt I will be reporting soon on how they turned out)

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8 months ago vvvanessa

Fear no Wonder Fries, bonbonmarie! They make you stronger!

And thanks, vrunka! We can take them on the road to Thailand!

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8 months ago Meatballs&Milkshakes

Congrats! I do the same thing with a shallow fry or saute, but these sound extra decadent!

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8 months ago vvvanessa

Thanks! I used to just pan fry them, but then I deep fried them once and haven't gone back!

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8 months ago Katheryn's Kitchen

Congratulations VVVanessa- yummy looking recipe, will definitely be trying it!

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8 months ago vvvanessa

Thank you! I hope you like it!

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8 months ago creamtea

Congratulations, vvvanessa. These look delicious!

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8 months ago vvvanessa

Thanks, creamtea!

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8 months ago Kukla

Congratulations vvvanessa on a wonderful recipe!!!

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8 months ago vvvanessa

Thank you, Kukla!

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8 months ago Regine

I have a lot of leftover miso that I bought to make the genius kale and miso recipe. So I will definitely give this recipe a try. Hmm. I may even use the mayo miso recipe on sandwiches or, like Dymnyno, try it on plain smashed potatoes - that is if I am too lazy to fry it. But who can say no to fried mashed potatoes.

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8 months ago vvvanessa

One of my favorite uses for miso mayo is as a condiment for pork or turkey meatballs/burgers seasoned with soy sauce, ginger, garlic, cilantro, and green onions. If you don't want to deep fry the potatoes, lay them on a baking sheet and brush them with olive oil. Roast them until they're nice and brown. Then pile on the mayo, of course!

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8 months ago cookinginvictoria

Congrats, vvvanessa! I had a feeling that this recipe would make it to the finals. So glad that the editors agreed. These potatoes look unbelievably delicious -- can't wait to fry up a batch!

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8 months ago vvvanessa

Thanks, cookinginvictoria! I hope you like them!

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8 months ago dymnyno

I love this recipe. I have long made a version of "smashed potatoes" but your sauce makes it a whole lot better!

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8 months ago vvvanessa

Thanks, dymnyno! I worked at a restaurant that had a version with tons of shaved parmesan and minced garlic. Fried potatoes are a perfect canvas!

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8 months ago Chef Neen

A local restaurant makes a variation of these that are delicious! My 4 year old son calls them "little pieces of heaven"

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8 months ago vvvanessa

Your boy is right on!

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8 months ago mrslarkin

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for the love of all things wonderful, what have you done here?

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8 months ago vvvanessa

Made my butt bigger?

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8 months ago hardlikearmour

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Are you kidding me?!?!

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8 months ago vvvanessa

I would never joke about fried potatoes and mayonnaise, hardlikearmour!

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8 months ago vvvanessa

And thanks!