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sweetpotater Sep 4, 2012 08:02 PM

Bon Appetit has a recipe they say Robuchon swears by: slow-fried french fries. You put the potatoes in the pot, pour oil over, cook for 40-45 minutes on medium, then about 15 minutes on medium-high. Has anyone tried this? It sounds very, very easy and worthwhile, if it's as good as Adam Rapoport says.

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/201...

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    ebethsdad Sep 7, 2012 09:53 PM

    I have had mixed results. The fries can turn out tough, and if thin they are definitely tough. Better results with soaking in salt water and double frying; first at 280, second at 350. For thick fries this is a good method.

    1. todao Sep 7, 2012 09:53 PM

      I'm curious how a professional chef with a great reputation (Joël Robuchon) would even consider using a method for cooking french fries that required an hour's cooking time. Does he par-fry them on "medium" for 40- 45 minutes and hold them for the order to be placed so he can cook them the final 15 minutes? For a certainty, I can't believe he would require that the customer wait an hour for the order to be served. Personally, I do use the twice cooked method for my fries (cook at 325, drain, and finish at 350) but it doesn't require an hour to get the job done.

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        DeppityDawg Sep 8, 2012 01:17 AM

        I'm sure he doesn't cook fries like this in his restaurants, since for one thing you can't do a second batch without starting with new, cold oil. This was a trick he suggested (I saw it on TV) for home cooks, and I don't recall the exact cooking time, but it was definitely less than an hour. Maybe he published it in one of his cookbooks and someone can look it up and post it here.

        I always thought the twice-cooked method ideally called for the fries to cool back down to room temp or even refrigerator temp before the second frying. In which case it would take a lot longer. I have tried all of these methods at different times, but never a side-by-side test.

      2. Zeldog Sep 7, 2012 09:04 PM

        I've tried something like this and the results are excellent, but it does not take an hour to make a batch of fries the way I do it. Terns like "medium" and "medium high" are worthless, since there are no standards for stove burner design. My burner controls go low --> high, so where is "medium"?.

        I just put the fries in cold oil and turn the burner about half way, When you get a lot of bubbling action, crank the heat up to about 3/4 of the maximum, and cook until golden brown. I use a lot of oil, about 2 liters for just one large potato, so that effects the time it takes to come up to temperature at each stage. Bottom line is, the method works, but you will need to experiment a bit to get it right..

        Oh yes, total time for me is about 20-30 minutes.

        1. Uncle Bob Sep 7, 2012 08:06 AM

          I've tried starting them in cold oil...turn the burner on high....remove when brown method...It works for maybe a slightly crispier fry, but in my experience not much....An hour? At any level of heat.......No thanks!

          1. MGZ Sep 7, 2012 06:54 AM

            BA, late to the party???

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              DeppityDawg Sep 7, 2012 08:38 AM

              To be fair, they are offering their own take on the recipe, with longer, slower cooking. The CI recipe calls for a rolling boil within the first 5 minutes, and then constant high heat for 20-25 additional minutes. The BA recipe takes twice as long, which kind of undermines some of the advantages of the cold-oil method (it's supposed to be faster and use less energy). But if someone tries it their way, I'd be interested to hear about the results.

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              DeppityDawg Sep 7, 2012 06:44 AM

              Check out these earlier threads with user reviews of Robuchon's method:

              Fries - Robuchon method
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/476770

              Cook's Illustrated "Cold Oil" French Fries
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/701629

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                LuluTheMagnificent Sep 7, 2012 12:22 AM

                So they cook for an hour?

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                  Midknight Sep 7, 2012 06:39 AM

                  That's like the hotdog recipe that came with my slow cooker. Seriously, who would want to wait 2-3 hours for a hotdog?

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                  Dirtywextraolives Sep 4, 2012 08:04 PM

                  I saw that too!! I would also love to know if this works, will eventually try it myself, just been a bit too busy to do so at the moment.

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