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Jun 26, 2009 11:26 PM

Home Fries -- do you parboil, or go raw?

When you make home fries, do you first parboil your potatoes, or do you leave them raw?

I actually got into a (sort of) heated discussion with another cook about whether the potatoes should be first parboiled.

I'm in the raw camp.

What say you?

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  1. Home fries are fried from cooked potatoes.
    Raw fries are fried from raw potatoes.

    It is not a question of right or wrong, each is a different preparation

    1. Ipsedixit,

      I'm with you. Home fries starting out with raw potatoes are moister and have more flavor. Of course, they're more trouble to make, since you have to cook them longer and adjust the heat to get the inside cooked before the outside gets burned, but you are rewarded with better flavor and a better texture.

      1. Maybe you should refer to this as oven fries to avoid the argument over home fries.

        FWIW I do oven fries from the raw.

        1. In my opinion. parboil makes better home fries and hash browns.....I like my potatoes(like french fries) well done and browned. Parboiled potatoes crisp up much better than cooked from raw, and I do not find them as starchy and is often the case when I try to make potato pancakes with shredded raw potatoes.

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          1. re: fourunder

            I'm with you - I prefer par-boiled potatoes. I, too, like them crispy (but with soft centers) and I love the black bits. This is just how my grandmother made them - which is perfection to me. :)

          2. raw, tried parboiling them once, they were a mess.
            Actually if I need to cook them, I'll bake the potatoes first.