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Introduction: Waffle Fries

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Making perfect waffle fries at home is easier than you would think. In fact, there really is not much to it at all. Once you know the trick, you can feast on waffle fries to your heart's content. No longer do you have to go to fine eating establishments such as Chick-fil-A to endulge in such a delicacy. These waffle fries are perfect for any backyard barbecue, big game night, or romantic evening. In fact, you can even spice things up a bit more by adding some cajun seasoning.

Step 1: Waffle Fries Ingredients

The only necessary ingredient is a potato. I used 4 large russet potatoes and found this made plenty of fries.

Beyond that, you may also want to consider adding some cajun seasoning. However, this is not entirely necessary.

In terms of other materials, you will need a crinkle cutter, a pot filled half-way with oil for deep frying (or a deep fryer), a frying basket, and a food thermometer for measuring the temperature of the oil.

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Step 2: Cutting Waffle Fries

To cut the waffle fries, slice downward on the end of a potato with a crinkle cutter.

Rotato the potato 90 degrees, and slice downward again.

Repeat this process until the entire potato is sliced.

This may take some practice to get the perfect waffle cut.

Step 3: Cook Waffle Fries

Bring the oil up to 375 degrees.

If you have a deep fryer like I do, then fill the basket about a quarter of the way up with uncooked fries and then submerge it in the fryer.

If you are just using a pot, carefully dump the fries into the oil without splashing.

Let the fries cook for about 5 minutes or until golden brown and then remove them from the oil.

Step 4: Let the Fries Cool

Let the fries cool off on a baking pan covered with paper towels.

If you plan to add a seasoning, now is the time to sprinkle it on.

Step 5: Enjoy

Consume waffle fries vigorously with ketchup or (if uncultured) your dip of choice.

You can even share them with friends or family if you are feeling generous.

If you have no friends or family, having a basket full of waffle fries is great for making new friends!

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    29 Comments

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    Adams6874
    Adams6874

    Question 1 year ago on Step 5

    I don't understand the part about rotating the potato 90 degrees. Does this mean to cut the first slice on one end and then cut the next slice lengthwise and repeat? Or does it mean to keep rotatating the potato for each cut? (meaning 1st cut on one end, rotating clockwise and cutting the first long side then rotate again and cut slice off the uncut end, then clockwise again and slice the uncut long side of potato, keep rotating and cutting until potato completely cut)

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    Forgetful1
    Forgetful1

    Answer 11 months ago

    Instead of the word Rotate replace that with Roll. It had me hung up for a minute there. Whichever direction you start to cut the potato stay cutting in same style. IF cutting lengthwise, keep cutting long. But between each cut roll the potato the 90 degrees. This is how the lattice/squares in potato will form. like a #

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    DanM377
    DanM377

    1 year ago

    To be more authentic my suggestion is to cut fries, soak in water for 15 min, dry very well, fry for four min in 325 degree peanut oil, drain and cool, bring oil to 375 degrees and fry to light brown. Salt and serve,

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    JonathanJ26
    JonathanJ26

    2 years ago on Step 5

    if you want them like chick fil-a you have to cut them lenght wise

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    DanM377
    DanM377

    Reply 1 year ago

    Not true at all. I used to work there and they use the middle 3/4 of potato discarding the tampered end pieces. All are cut widthwise.

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    jpobst1
    jpobst1

    Tip 2 years ago

    I these a lot. I use a wavy blade in my mandolin slicer. If you want to get rid of the browning try soaking the cut fries in hot water while you are getting the fryer ready. The brown is the starch in the potato. After soaking for a bit in the hot water gently stir the fries. After 10 minutes of soaking and stirring i replace the hot/warm water with cold, just make sure to dry the fries before dripping them in the oil.

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    ron342
    ron342

    2 years ago

    So, I just solved two mysteries! What is that wierd waffle looking blade in my wife's utensil drawer (she didn't know either) and how does Chick Fila make those things??
    Thanks!!

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    Cheese Queen
    Cheese Queen

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Mmmm, I'll try these with Whattaburger's Spicy Ketchup (for those of us fortunate enough to live in Texas available at H.E.B or on Amazon for the less fortunate).

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    SethF17
    SethF17

    Reply 4 years ago

    wow, aren't you special...

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    tattoobarbie92
    tattoobarbie92

    Reply 4 years ago

    best ketchup out there!!

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    Lindie
    Lindie

    5 years ago on Introduction

    You all don't have crinkle cutters from making play dough french fries? You never really played fully with play dough. :-)

    My only variation is to bake them. Not that I say frying is unhealthy - using the proper oil and temperatures won't do you so much harm, but I love the oven-baked crispiness more.

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    volndawgville
    volndawgville

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Amber..... any special hints for baking these? I, too, like a bit of crispy, and have largely been off fried foods for many years (think a southern boy without his fried chicken- true punishment!). Thanks!

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    amberharding82
    amberharding82

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Cut them as thin as you can, toss them in olive oil and your favourite spices, coat a baking sheet with cooking spray, arrange the chips at 1/4 inch a distance and toss in the oven at 400F. Temp might vary, according to your oven's specs. You need around 45 mins.

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    volndawgville
    volndawgville

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks so much! I believe I will add these to the menu when I fire up the smoker this weekend!

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    onemoroni1
    onemoroni1

    5 years ago on Introduction

    The mystery is solved and exposed at last! I just have to find a crinkle cutter.

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    Tumunga
    Tumunga

    5 years ago on Introduction

    We served waffle fries at our pizza shop a few years ago. They were a big hit, but our food supplier was hit or miss on carrying them in their inventory. When they had them, BAM!! When they did not, no one ordered our fries.

    Waffle Fries are the BEST!

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    pcook5
    pcook5

    5 years ago on Introduction

    I like to mix catsup and Tabasco sauce for dipping my waffle fries. When I got to Chik-fil-a I carry my own container (from KFC...) to mix 2 catsup containers with 3 packets of Tabasco sauce. Used to use only 2 Tabasco packets so you might want to play with the ratios. Friends in Mexico like the catsup-Tabasco combination.

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    lbuser
    lbuser

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Amazon.com - Best place ever and they have a very large variety of crinkle cutters and mandolins. Thanks for the 'ible - very nicely written and very timely (for me)

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    rhyde59
    rhyde59

    5 years ago on Introduction

    SO that's the thing, I have one, didn't know what to do with it. Will be making waffle fries tonight.