If I’ve stated it as soon as, I’ve stated it at the least 4 occasions: We reside in a golden age of pickled merchandise. A few of them are good, and a few of them are unhealthy, however few will come near the right of the Golden Flake Dill Pickle Potato Chip (pre-acquisition by Utz, that’s).
I don’t know what Utz modified about these as soon as flawless chips, or why they modified it, however whatever it was resulted in a tamer, much less acidic chip. Rising up, the mixture of acid and razor skinny fried potatoes the Golden Flake Dills offered me would tear my mouth up, and the cowards at Utz took that from me.
Thus, when making these pickle fries, my objective was to create one thing as savory and mouth puckering as those unimaginable potato chips of reminiscence, and to be sincere, I suppose I nailed it. (I even have a couple of mods, should you like your pickled merchandise on the much less aggressive aspect.)
For a gently pickled fry, soak them in brine
In order for you a french fry with a mere whisper of pickle taste, you possibly can soak frozen fries in pickle brine and depart it at that—the method is very similar to when Allie made her salt & vinegar freezer fries: Let the frozen fries soak within the bitter resolution for quarter-hour, then bake or air fry till crisp.
Quite a bit hinges on the brine you select. I made my first batch with 5 ounces of fries and 1/4-cup of brine from Dealer Joe’s Kosher Dill Pickle Spears, and the flavour was so refined, I won’t have observed if I hadn’t put the fries within the brine myself. Then I attempted a home made brine, courtesy of Amanda’s pickled inexperienced cherry tomatoes, and instantly clocked a extra pronounced pickle taste.
Lastly, I took the weaker TJ’s brine and boiled it all the way down to make a focus. I added a complete cup of brine to a small sauce pan and boiled till it lowered to 1/4 cup. I marinated one other 5 ounces of frozen fries within the tremendous pickle-y focus for quarter-hour, then air fried these puppies. The consequence was a pickle fry with a bitter and salty spine and notes of pickled seasonings like dill, mustard, and garlic.
End with some type of powdered vinegar
Soaking the fries in brine permeates the potato with pickle-y flavors, however cooking robs them of that vinegar tang. To compensate for this lack of acid, end your fries with powdered vinegar.
You may order pure powdered vinegar on-line, however you may as well discover it in pickle-flavored seasoning blends like this one from Dealer Joe’s or this one obtainable on Amazon, which is supposed for popcorn however is equally at residence on fried potatoes. You may even make your individual vinegar powder by following the directions in the primary article I ever wrote for Lifehacker, practically eight years in the past. (Ignore the half about me being married; that’s old-fashioned information.)
Any of those powders will work positive, and all will be added to style instantly after cooking your fries. (If utilizing pure vinegar powder, you could need to add a couple of pinches of dried dill, onion powder, and/or onion powder too, however you don’t need to.)
Mix a concentrated brine soaking with the powdered end, and also you’ve acquired a french fry that’s been pickled all to hell.
Very Pickled Freezer Fries
- 10 ounces frozen fries
- 2 cups of your favourite pickle brine
- 1 pinch MSG
- Powdered vinegar or pickle seasoning mix to style
- Optionally available: A number of pinches of garlic powder, onion powder, or dried dill, if utilizing pure vinegar powder.
Add brine to a small sauce pan and produce to a boil. Let boil till it reduces in quantity to 1/2 cup. Stir in MSG and let cool for 5 minutes.
Place the fries in a shallow bowl that simply matches all of them in a single layer. Toss to coat, and let soak for quarter-hour, tossing each 5 minutes or so. Take away the fries from the brine, letting the surplus drip away, and cook dinner in an oven or air fryer that has been heated to 400℉ till they’re crispy and golden, with deeply browned spots on the perimeters. (About 10 minutes for the air fryer; 20 for the oven.)
End with vinegar powder or pickle seasoning to style, adjusting with optionally available seasonings as wanted. Serve scorching.