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Homemade Truffle Fries

by victor

Delicious truffle fries first baked in the oven then flavored with truffle oil and seasoned with truffle salt.

A pile of truffle fries in a basket.

I have a list of foods that I consider addictive. Those are the ones that I can eat until pretty much nothing is left over. These truffle fries are definitely on that list, and pretty high. It takes a bit of work to make them, but these fries are so good that it completely makes it worth it.

The first time I made them we liked them so much that what was meant to be a side dish disappeared in the blink of an eye before the main dish was barely touched. I had to make a second batch an hour later because everyone was begging for more of those little heavenly sticks.

What are truffle fries?

Truffle fries are French fries, baked or fried, that are flavored with truffle oil or seasoned with truffle salt.

How to make truffle fries?

Making truffle fries is super simple. You prepare the fries either by baking, deep-frying or air frying them. The fries are then flavored with truffle oil.

You should never use truffle oil for cooking as delicate truffle oils will get destroyed and the desirable aroma will vanish. You should only use truffle oil for finishing your dish. What this means is that the fries need to be baked first, then flavorize with truffle oil and/or truffle salt.

Another thing to keep in mind is that, like with any spice or seasoning, a little goes a long way. A little drizzle is all that’s necessary in most cases.

Freshly made truffle fries spread on a large baking sheet.

What truffle oil to use for truffle fries?

I cannot emphasize it enough – to make truffle fries that taste great you must spring for good quality truffle oil. Some truffle oils are artificially scented with truffle flavor. Those are the ones to avoid. Instead, what you want is good quality olive oil infused with real black or white truffles.

They say that the best way to tell good truffle oil is when you see bits of truffles floating in the oil. This is the one to get if you are serious about your truffle fries or any dish you want to flavor with it. Sure, it costs more but you will appreciate the real flavor.

Another way to add truffle flavor to fries

You may have seen it already in both specialty stores and even large supermarkets. It’s called black truffle sea salt. It’s your typical sea salt mixed with bits of black truffle. Truffle bits release aromatic oils which get absorbed by the salt and make it smell like truffles. Ever since I tried I’ve become crazy about the smell of truffles and use every opportunity to add umami flavor to my foods.

You can use this truffle salt to add flavor to the truffle fries. I use a combination of both, this gives the best flavor in my opinion. But either on its own will work too.

A top down view of a pile of Parmesan truffle fries, garnished with chopped parsley.

I used my favorite method for making baked fries – quick high heat baking at 450F . With this method, I always get excellent browning and flavor.

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What to serve truffle fries with?

Enjoy them on their own, or serve with these dishes:

Oven-fried truffle fries in a basket.

Homemade Truffle Fries Recipe

Hand-cut fries, baked to a beautiful golden-brown color, garnished with truffle oil, Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: flavored French fries, French fries, truffle fries
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 273kcal
Author: Victor

Ingredients

  • 4 Russet potatoes (skin on, scrubbed and rinsed)
  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp kosher salt (omit or reduce if using truffle salt)

For the garnish:

  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Truffle oil
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp Truffle salt (optional, add more to taste if needed)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450F.
  • Cut the potatoes lengthwise into 1/2" thick sticks.
  • Add the potatoes, grated Parmesan cheese, olive oil, dried parsley and salt to a large bowl.
    Truffle fries recipe instructions – put ingredients in a large bowl
  • Toss the ingredients and ensure that the potatoes are evenly coated.
    Truffle fries recipe instructions – toss ingredients to coat well
  • Spread the potatoes on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper in a single layer.
    Truffle fries recipe instructions – bake in the oven until crispy
  • Bake at 450F on a rack positioned in the upper part of the oven for 30 minutes. Using a spatula, flip the potatoes and continue baking for another 10 minutes or until the potatoes are golden brown and cooked through.
  • Remove the potatoes from the oven and drizzle with truffle oil.
    Truffle fries recipe instructions – remove from oven and drizzle with truffle oil
  • Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.
    Truffle fries recipe instructions – sprinkle freshly grated Pecorino cheese and chopped parsley
  • Grab both ends of parchment paper toss the fries to cover them evenly with the garnish.
    Truffle fries recipe instructions – toss the fries and garnish together
  • Tear off excess paper.
    Truffle fries recipe instructions – tear off excess parchment paper
  • Lift the fries with the remaining parchment paper and place into an appropriately sized bowl or a basket.
    Truffle fries recipe instructions – place truffle fries on paper into a bowl or a basket
  • Optionally sprinkle with some truffle sea salt and serve.
    Truffle salt

Notes

I like cutting the potatoes about 1/2" thick as that way I get good browning and a soft, creamy interior. If you want your fries crispier, cut them thinner.
Also, do not overcrowd the potatoes. When overcrowded, they bake longer and don't crisp up too well.

Nutrition

Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 1257mg | Potassium: 1022mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 15.4mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 2.2mg

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