Frying thick-cut potatoes (or frites as they call them) in duck fat makes a difference! The super-rich duck fat gives the fries an incredible and almost meaty flavor that is decadent and outrageously delicious!
3 large russet potatoes, skin on
3–4 cups duck fat
Kosher or flake sea salt
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons finely shredded Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. This is to hold the cooked potatoes as you cook in batches.
In a small Dutch oven or cast-iron skillet, heat duck fat to 325 degrees F using a candy or deep-fry thermometer to gauge the heat.
Wash and cut Russets into large thick fries up to ¾ inch wide. Hold in cold water as you cut each potato.
Drain and dry the potatoes thoroughly with paper towels.
Cooking in three batches, place one third of the potatoes in the 325-degree F fat and cook for 6-8 minutes until tender when pierced with a fork. Remove with tongs to a rack that is sitting over a sheet tray. Wait until the fat is up to heat and continue cooking the other two batches.
Bring the heat to about 385 degrees F and add one third of the cooked fries and let the fat settle on 375 degrees F. Try to keep it at that temperature. Once the fries are crisp, about 3-5 minutes, remove to the sheet tray and sprinkle with kosher or sea salt then place the pan in the oven to keep hot. Repeat for the other two batches and serve with the chopped parsley and Parmesan cheese
Photo & recipe: A Family Feast