Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 6 to 8 large Yukon gold potatoes, peeled

  2. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus more for frying

  3. 1 shallot, minced

  4. 1 small clove garlic, minced

  5. 2 cups chicken stock

  6. 2 cups beef stock

  7. 2 tablespoons ketchup

  8. 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

  9. 1 tablespoon whole green peppercorns

  10. 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  11. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  12. 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  13. Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  14. 2 cups cheddar cheese curds

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Slice the potatoes lengthwise, about 1/4 inch thick. Stack the slices and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick sticks (or cut the potatoes into fries using a french fry cutter). Place in a large bowl filled with cold water and let sit at least 1 hour, or up to 24 hours for extra-crispy fries. Drain well and pat dry or spin dry in a salad spinner.

  2. Make the gravy: Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic and saute until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the chicken and beef stock, ketchup, vinegar, peppercorns and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a boil.

  3. Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the flour and make a roux, stirring until slightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Whisk the stock mixture into the roux and simmer until reduced by half, about 20 minutes. Season the gravy with salt and pepper and keep warm.

  4. Line a baking sheet with a double layer of paper towels. Heat 2 to 3 inches vegetable oil in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees F (or use a deep fryer). Fry the potatoes in small batches until whitish yellow, about 8 minutes. Remove with a strainer and drain on the paper towels. Bring the oil temperature to 375 degrees F over high heat. Fry the potatoes in batches again until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain on fresh paper towels. Salt and pepper the fries while hot. Strain the gravy.

  5. Put the fries in shallow dishes; top with the cheese curds and gravy.

  6. Photograph by Raymond Hom


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