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Last Updated on September 3, 2023
Cooking is like a world-sized blank canvas, and everyone has the freedom to add their own touch to it. A simple variation on a dish can draw a Michelin-star-sized line between it and ordinariness.
Take truffle fries, for example. We’ve all grown to know french fries as a delicious side dish. But truffle fries are another story. They’re a sophisticated version of the beloved dish, drizzled with truffle oil and complemented with freshly grated parmesan cheese. And the best part? They’re insanely easy to make.
Today, I’ll give you my flavorsome parmesan truffle fries recipe. You can make it for a family dinner, and it won’t take you more than an hour to finish. So, without further ado, let’s jump in!
Luckily for you, the ingredients for my parmesan truffle fries recipe are pretty simple, and most of them are probably already sitting in your pantry. Here’s a list of the ingredients you’ll need:
- Two pounds of potatoes
- Two tablespoons of natural truffle oil
- One tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
- One teaspoon of sea salt flakes
- 1/2 a teaspoon of pepper
- Parmesan cheese to taste
- Fresh parsley to taste
You can use white truffle oil or black truffle oil for this recipe. I like to use white truffle oil because it doesn’t mask the taste of the other ingredients. Black truffle oil is too strong and flavorsome for my taste. Also, you might not find natural truffle oils at your everyday grocery store. So either buy it from an online store or look in a high-end grocery store.
How to Make Baked Parmesan Truffle Fries
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes
Now, it’s time to cook a restaurant-worthy side dish. Here are the steps you should follow to make truffle fries.
1. Preheat the Oven
Before touching the potatoes, you should preheat the oven so that it’ll be ready to cook your delicious plate. Ideally, you should preheat it to 450-475 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Cut and Prepare the Potatoes
After preheating the oven, you should start cleaning the potatoes. First, wash them thoroughly with cold water and make sure there aren’t traces of dust or dirt on them. This is especially important if you don’t plan on peeling the potatoes. I leave them unpeeled to give the plate an aesthetically-pleasing look, but you’re free to choose.
Then, cut your potatoes into partially thick slices. They shouldn’t be too thin because you want them to soak in the flavors, and cutting them too thick will lead to a longer cooking time in the oven. Also, don’t worry too much about them being even.
After cutting your potatoes, rinse them with cool water to wash off the starch. This step is essential because if you miss it, you’ll end up with clumped and unattractive potatoes.
Dab your potato slices with dry tissues to remove any excess water. Then, put them in a large bowl and add the olive oil, fresh parsley, sea salt, and pepper. Mix thoroughly till the potatoes are well-seasoned.
3. Bake the Potatoes
You’ll need baking sheets and parchment paper for this step. First, line the baking sheet with paper, and spread the potatoes on it. An important piece of advice here is to never put more than one layer of potatoes on a sheet. Doing so will lead to uneven cooking and browning. If your baking sheet isn’t large enough to take all the potatoes, use another one.
Push the potatoes into the oven and wait for 15-20 minutes. Then, flip all the potatoes to the other side to ensure they turn golden brown on the two sides. Leave them inside for another 20 minutes.
On a side note, you should check your potatoes after ten minutes because they might cook faster if they’re cut thin.
4. Serve the Potatoes
Now, it’s time to add truffle oil and parmesan cheese. With your potatoes still on the parchment paper, drizzle them with a tablespoon of truffle oil.
You might be tempted to add more than that, but believe me, a little truffle oil goes a long way. The truffle flavor is pretty overpowering, especially if it’s natural. You can add a few more drops if you’re using synthetic truffle oil. But in all honesty, synthetic oils aren’t as delicious as natural ones.
Now, sprinkle your truffle fries with parmesan cheese to taste. As a final touch, add some more parsley on top of the fries. You can also use other fresh herbs if you want.
Toss your homemade truffle fries in the parchment paper till they’re seasoned equally. Then, put them on a large plate, add a few sea salt flakes on top for aesthetic purposes, and serve.
How to Make Fried Parmesan Truffle Fries
A delicious alternative to baked parmesan truffle fries is to fry them in oil instead. While this dish is much less healthy than the previous one, it’s worth a try.
To make fried truffle fries, put them in a deep fryer filled with hot oil at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Leave them to fry for about three minutes, then pull the fryer out of the oil and shake it to get rid of any excess oil.
Put them aside till it’s time for dinner. Then, heat the oil on 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook the fries in the oil for about five minutes till they gain a golden brown color, and take them out.
Then, drizzle the truffle oil and sprinkle the grated parmesan cheese, and you’re good to go.
Tips and Tricks
To make the best truffle fries plate out there, you can follow some of these tips and tricks.
For starters, I like to use Idaho russet potatoes for homemade fries because they’re fleshy and suitable for both baking and frying.
More so, if you have enough time, I recommend soaking your fries in cold water for about 30 minutes before cooking them. Doing so will reduce starch and give you fresh-tasting fries. Of course, you can also follow this step if you’re making homemade french fries.
It’s always best if you cook truffle fries right before serving them. They don’t last fresh for long, and after a while, they’ll soften, and the truffle flavor will fade. If you wait too long before eating them, you should ideally reheat them in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for ten minutes. Then, take them out and drizzle a few more drops of truffle oil on top.
A final tip you’ll appreciate if you love an extra crunch in your food is to keep your fries as far apart as possible on the baking sheet. Doing so will lead to better airflow in the oven between the potato slices, which will give you extra crispy fries.
On the other hand, piling them carelessly on the sheet will give you fries that taste more steamed than crispy.
Dipping Sauces for Truffle Fries
Here’s a list of dipping sauces I like to whip up and serve next to truffle fries:
What to Serve With Truffle Fries
Since truffle fries are a side dish (just like my picnic red potato salad), here’s a list of main dishes that you can pair them with:
- Grilled skirt steak
- Grilled chicken
- Ribeye steak
- Mushroom pizza
- Beef tenderloin
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- 4 large russet potatoes
- peanut oil for frying
- 4 teaspoons truffle oil or olive oil
- ¼ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
- 4 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
Cut potatoes into French fry shapes, about 3/8-inch wide and thick, using a a knife. Soak potatoes in a large bowl of cold water for about 30 minutes. Drain and pat potatoes dry with a clean towel.
Heat oil in a deep-fryer or deep pan to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).
Carefully lower 1/4 of the potatoes into the hot oil and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 2 minutes. Transfer cooked potatoes to a clean towel using a slotted spoon. Repeat frying with remaining potatoes.
Heat the same oil to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Fry potatoes again, working in batches, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer fries to a clean kitchen towel using a slotted spoon.
Place fries in a bowl and drizzle truffle oil over warm fries; season with Parmesan cheese, parsley, and sea salt.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 411Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 656mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 7gSugar: 3gProtein: 10g
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is the Difference Between French Fries and Truffle Fries?
Truffle fries are just like french fries, but with the addition of truffle oil, parsley, and parmesan cheese.
What Are Truffles?
Truffles are a type of rare fungus that’s most commonly found in France and Italy. It has a strong smell and a unique earthly flavor that gained it a respectable place in many cuisines worldwide. However, truffles are pretty expensive, so they aren’t that common.
How Can I Make Vegan Truffle Fries?
To make vegan truffles fries, you need to ditch the parmesan cheese. You can replace it with vegan parmesan cheese or serve the plate without it.
Can I Store Truffle Fries in the Refrigerator?
Yes, you can. Cover them with parchment paper and push them into the refrigerator, and they’ll survive for about three days. However, I don’t recommend doing so because you’ll end up with soggy fries and a faded truffle flavor.
Is Truffle Oil Expensive?
Yes, it’s a little expensive but still more budget-friendly than fresh truffles. Also, you won’t need a large amount for this recipe, so you can buy the smallest bottle you find.
To Wrap Up
French fries might be the most universally-loved plate ever, and you can make them into an extraordinary side dish with a simple drizzle of truffle oil. Truffle fries are a culinary marvel with their earthy flavor and delicious aroma. They make for a mouth-watering side dish on any dinner table, and you can cook them in less than an hour.