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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    jpobst1

    Tip 5 months 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

    5 months 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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    JonathanJ26

    5 months ago on Step 5

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

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    Cheese Queen

    3 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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    Lindie

    3 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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    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!

    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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    onemoroni1

    3 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

    3 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

    3 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

    3 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

    3 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.

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    HollyHarken

    3 years ago on Introduction

    So that's what that funny looking thing in in my junk/kitchen tools drawer! Thanks for posting this!! Now I know what to do with this tool.

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    nix78

    3 years ago on Introduction

    It's much quicker (and results in a somewhat more consistent cut width) if you get a "waffle cutter" (not sure about the prober English name, in Hungarian it's called a "wavy slicer", but that seems to be the crinkle cutter).

    Here's a random video of using it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JkDD4986Ao

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    jessyratfink

    3 years ago

    Ah-ha! So the crinkle cutter is the weird tool I found in the test kitchen today. Neat. :D