We usually make oven fries ^ enjoy them, but for special occasions or for an occasional splurge, want a *great* fry recipe, so we've been comparing french fry recipes from this site from time to time. First off, though we might fry something occasionally, I'm not sure how using a lot of oil to fry either homemade or precut fries is inexpensive. Secondly, IF I were ever going to use this batter again, I'd use just a pinch of baking powder. The fries from this recipe were really pretty decent fries, both when we used hotter temps and lower temps for frying, but not spectacular to us at all. At this point, my family has a strong preference for a modified version of 'French Fried Potatoes' from this site (we simply par-fry the fries for that recipe, and it's a major hit when I actually take the time to make those instead of oven fries). If I were making up fish and chips, I might work on modifying this recipe by baking the fries (mostly because of the cost of the oil and the calories - but also as a time-saver). In that case, battered fries might make sense to us IF I were using this batter for frying fish in a small amount of oil in a skillet and serving fish and chips with malt vinegar (in our family, that is not likely though - unless we end up with a whole lot of fish since I prefer fish other ways most of the time). These fries were fun to try, but again, in summary, to date, my family actually prefers oven fries or those 'French Fried Potatoes' after par frying them.
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We usually make oven fries ^ enjoy them, but for special occasions or for an occasional...