Heat oil in a deep-fryer or in a large, heavy pot to 360 degrees F. (If using a large, heavy pot, only fill oil halfway up the sides of the pot).
Carefully add potatoes to hot oil and fry until golden brown. Remove from oil with a spider strainer or slotted spoon, and drain on plates lined with paper towels. Sprinkle with Parmesan and Essence. Serve with pork barbecue sandwiches.Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme
Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
Yield: 2/3 cup
Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch
Published by William and Morrow, 1993.