You don’t have to drop serious dough to feel a little fancy. I mean, sometimes it’s nice for a special occasion…or Tuesday. But adulting is hard, and that means sticking to a budget. Well, fret not. You too can enjoy the flavors of the elusive truffle without breaking the bank. Let’s talk about restaurant style fries on the dime at home. Cafe Bistro du your house.
This weekend was positively A+. Friday brought sunny skies and temperatures of almost 75°….in February. In Massachusetts. Saturday we took full advantage, fired up the smoker and cleaned up the back yard. In a beautiful husband/wife dual attack we team-worked our way to smoking 6 racks of St. Louis style pork ribs with our favorite BBQ spice rub and a new recipe for fire-roasted poblano chicken wings.
Be still my summer loving’ heart.
With the taste of Spring and Summer weather, my mind is dreaming of lunches on Boston patios, people watching tourists and snacking on delectable bites. We still have a ways to go before sunny summer days are here for good, but we can still have the delectable bites! A sandwich and crispy fries are a no-brainer when it comes to quality lunch. Especially when there’s an upgrade to truffle fries. The earthy, rich, mushroom flavor adds so much to crispy potato goodness.
What’s the big deal with truffles? If you’re into the tasting menu restaurant scene, or if you’re obsessed with watching ‘Chef’s Table’ on Netflix like me, you’ve watched these weird looking lumps being thinly shaved over plates with delicate care.
Truffles are technically a type of fungi found growing near the root of the tree, most predominantly produced in France. Originally found in nature, farmers used ‘fungivores’ to sniff out the truffles. Fast forward a bit and you will find truffle fields planted throughout certain areas of France, however, its production has never reclaimed the peak in the 1900s after both world wars.
Now that we’ve had our history lesson, we can get down to the nitty gritty of this post. Let’s make some fries.
The key component in these easy truffle fries is, drum roll please, truffle oil. There are a variety of truffle oils available. A few favorites are hidden on my shelves, like the Fam brand picked up at Tuscan Market. But if you’re not local, I’ve had success with the TruffleHunter White Truffle Oil (3.38 Oz) available on Amazon.
Making the truffles fries is very simple. Use your favorite brand of french fries that you know will cook up crispy. I love the Alexia brand. This is not a sponsored post, I just find their products very reliable and delicious. Use what works best for you!
Cook to the package directions, toss with truffle oil, fresh parmesan and parsley. Recook for just 5 minutes to recrisp after the addition of the truffle oil – no one likes a soggy fry. You’ll be dining al fresco, lunching gourmet in no time.
Bon appétit mon cher! (See, we’re already fancy.)
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Easy Parmesan Truffle Fries
Restaurant style truffle fries are easier (and less expensive) than you think! Make this bistro side dish for your next sandwich night!
- 28-ounce bag Alexia House Cut Fries
- 3 tbsp Truffle Infused Olive Oil
- 1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese fresh grated
- 1 tsp Kosher Salt
- 3 tbsp Italian Parsley fresh chopped
Preheat oven to 425°F. Lay fries in an even layer on a baking sheet. Cook per package instructions, 18-22 minutes.
Once fries are cooked and slightly crispy, immediately transfer fries to a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, salt and drizzle with truffle oil.* Toss ingredients together in box, using tongs to ensure fries are coated evenly.
Layer back on sheet pan and return to oven for an additional 5 minutes to recrisp.
Sprinkle with chopped parsley and lightly toss to even distribute. Serve alongside your favorite sandwich or burger!
*Link(s) in blog text for recommended truffle infused olive oils.