The Easiest (And Most Delicious) Way to Make French Fries

 

French Fries
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The Easiest (And Most Delicious) Way to Make French Fries

By bon appétit magazine | Shine Food – 3 hours ago

 

Photo by Marcus Nilsson

Photo by Marcus NilssonBy Adam Rapoport, Bon Appétit

Slow-Fried French Fries
There are certain foods that are better when not made at home, like french fries. To achieve golden-brown perfection, you have to fry them twice: first at a low temperature, to poach them; then at a high heat, to crisp them up. Very tasty, very much a pain in the neck. A few years back, I read about how French chef Joel Robuchon supposedly does it at his house: He puts sliced potatoes in a pot of cold oil, turns on the heat, and lets them go. It sounds too simple to work. But as the temperature rises, the potatoes cook from the outer layer in until the fries are wonderfully crunchy outside and creamy in the center. You’ll never make fries any other way-even if you’ve never made them before.

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Preparation
Peel 2 lb. large russet potatoes; cut into long french-fry sticks, about 3/8×3/8 inches thick. Rinse; shake off water.

Transfer potatoes to a large deep heavy pot, spreading potatoes so they’re no more than 2 layers deep. Pour in safflower or vegetable oil to cover potatoes by 1″. Place pot over medium heat. Cook for 15 minutes (oil will begin bubbling gently). Continue cooking, occasionally loosening potatoes from the bottom of the pot with a heatproof spatula, until potatoes are very tender, 25-30 minutes more. Increase heat to medium-high and cook until golden and crisp, about 15 minutes longer (oil will bubble more vigorously).

Using a slotted spoon, transfer fries to paper towels to drain. Season with coarse sea salt.

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Chili with SQUASH?

I love squash with a little heat from Paprika or Cayenne… why not chili with squash in it?  I’ll refer to these for inspiration:

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☕ From: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/beef-and-butternut-squash-chili-10000001144129/

Recipes > Beef-and-Butternut Squash Chili

Beef-and-Butternut Squash Chili

We’ve loaded this chili with beef and beans for zinc and B vitamins, tomatoes and green peppers for vitamin C, and butternut squash for beta-carotene.

Worthy of a special occasion

Yield: Makes 8 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

from Southern Living

Recipe Time

Cook Time: 50 Minutes
Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving

  • Calories: 234
  • Calories from fat: 22%
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturated fat: 2.3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.4g
  • Protein: 17g
  • Carbohydrate: 30g
  • Fiber: 6.8g
  • Cholesterol: 21mg
  • Iron: 2.9mg
  • Sodium: 642mg
  • Calcium: 65mg

Ingredients

  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans Mexican-style stewed tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 (16-ounce) can chili beans
  • 1/2 small butternut squash, peeled and cubed (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels

Preparation

  • Cook beef, bell pepper, and next 2 ingredients in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until meat crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain well, and return to Dutch oven.
  • Stir in tomatoes and next 5 ingredients; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. Stir in corn, and cook, uncovered, 15 minutes or until squash is tender and chili is thickened.

Southern Living
JANUARY 2006

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☕ From:  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sunny-anderson/beefy-butternut-squash-chili-recipe/index.html

Beefy Butternut Squash Chili Recipe

Beefy Butternut Squash Chili

Sunny AndersonRecipe courtesy Sunny Anderson

Show: Cooking for RealEpisode: Carving Out Some Fun

Rated 4 stars out of 5
Total Time:
1 hr 35 min
Prep
20 min
Cook
1 hr 15 min
Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons dry oregano
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound beef chuck or stewing meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1 cup seeded and chopped red bell pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated on rasp or finely minced
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce (recommended: Frank’s Red Hot Sauce)
  • 1 pound ground chuck (80-percent lean)
  • 2 tablespoons fine cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine (recommended: any inexpensive Chianti)
  • 1 1/2 cups beef stock
  • 1 (1 1/2 pound) butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Directions

In a small bowl combine the cumin, chili powder, pumpkin pie spice, oregano, 2 teaspoons salt and a few grinds of black pepper.

In a large pot over medium heat add the olive oil, beef cubes and half of the seasoning. Cook until the beef is browned on all sides, but not cooked through; remove with a slotted spoon to a plate. Add the onions, bell pepper, garlic, tomato paste and hot sauce. Stir and cook until everything turns a dark reddish brown, about 10 minutes. Add the ground beef and sprinkle over the remaining seasoning. Stir and cook until beef is browned then add the reserved beef chunks back to the pot along with the cornmeal, wine, stock, and the squash. Raise the heat until it comes to a boil, then lower to a simmer, cover and cook until the beef is tender, about 40 to 45 minutes. Uncover and let the chili cook another 15 minutes, until it is thick and the liquid is reduced.

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Black Bean Chili with Butternut Squash and Swiss Chard

Bon Appétit  | March 2006

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Black Bean Chili with Butternut Squash and Swiss Chard 3½ forks

at a glance

main ingredients VegetableLeafy GreenButternut SquashBean

cuisine American

type Quick & EasySoup/Stew

dietary considerations VegetarianLow FatLow CalHigh FiberHealthyVegan

yield: Makes 4 main-course servings

active time: 45 minutes

total time: 45 minutes

Top with chopped fresh cilantro, red onions, and grated cheddar cheese, if you like.
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups 1/2-inch pieces peeled butternut squash
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 3 cups (packed) coarsely chopped Swiss chard leaves (from 1 small bunch)

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Preparation

Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic; sauté until tender and golden, about 9 minutes. Add squash; stir 2 minutes. Stir in chili powder and cumin. Stir in beans, broth, and tomatoes with juices; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until squash is tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in chard; simmer until chard is tender but still bright green, about 4 minutes longer. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle chili into bowls and serve.

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☕ From:  http://www.meatlessmonday.com/yellow-squash-chili/

Yellow Squash Chili

The addition of sunny yellow squash gives this hearty chili a bright summer flavor. Don’t be afraid to dip your bread straight in the bowl. This recipe comes to us from Grace of Going to Graceland.

  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 medium bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 yellow squash, chopped
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 2 large cans crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoons oregano

Serves 6

Heat the olive oil in a large stew pot over medium heat.

Sauté the onion, carrot, bell pepper, celery, zucchini, yellow squash in the olive oil for 8-10 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Add the canned beans, tomatoes, chili powder, and oregano.

Mix and simmer for 20 minutes.

Just before serving, season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with bread or crackers.

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Nutrition Information

Yellow Squash Chili
  • Servings per Recipe: 6
  • Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 330
  • Calories from Fat: 45
  • Total Fat: 5.0g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.0g
  • Cholesterol: 6mg
  • Sodium: 1064mg
  • Potassium: 1571mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 60.2g
  • Dietary Fiber: 18.3g
  • Protein: 16.7g
  • Sugars: 14.5g
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Crock pot cheese dip…

From my friend Jack (or John) on Google+:

John Washabaughcheese dip in the crock pot. I make 1 lb of taco meat, usually ground turkey, two pound blocks of velveeta, 1 jar of ragu double cheddar sauce, 2 cans of chili (whatever your preference is) and a bag of mexican blend shredded cheese. Just melt everything together in the crockpot, and take a couple bags of tortilla chips.

Mike Hype used to make “Dion Dogs”… I think it was just Velveeta and Hormel Chili… mixed in a crock pot & slathered on top of unsuspecting hot dogs.  It was also almost always guaranteed to cause gastrointestinal distress.
At any rate… this is a reminder that:
(pretty much) anything + cheese + Crock❦Pot = awesome.