How to Make TikTok’s Giant Crispy French Fries

Plus, tips from a recipe developer.

September 22, 2021

Leave it to TikTok users to find a way to make French fries bigger and (potentially) even better.

This summer, several users on the social media app decided to whip up something called crispy giant French fries. As you may have guessed, the finished dish is several massive French fries that boast a deliciously crunchy exterior.

A user who goes by @cookiterica shared her take on the viral recipe in July and began by peeling and slicing three potatoes, which she then put in a covered bowl and microwaved for 10 minutes. Once the potatoes were nice and soft, Erica added salt, onion powder, pepper and potato starch to the mixture.

She then “zhuzhed” (AKA mixed) the ingredients and formed them into several very tall and thin French fries. After coating each extra-long fry with some olive oil, Erica popped them in the oven to bake. What emerged were some especially tall and crispy French fries.

According to Erica’s TikTok, the finished product was pretty darn good.

Interested in making these massive fries on your own? Food Network recipe developer Amanda Neal has some pointers on how to make sure your fries don’t disappoint. “I like how the TikTok user suggested brushing the giant French fries with a good-quality olive oil. Adding a generous coating of oil will help to crisp up these fries while they're baking,” she explained. “I would also suggest using a convection oven or air fryer for an even crispier giant fry! The fast-moving, circulating hot air will help to crisp up the fries even more.”

As far as seasonings go, Neal suggested keeping things “straightforward” so you can have fun with dipping sauces instead, but if you want to literally spice things up, she did have some thoughts. For example, for an Italian take on this dish you can add Italian seasoning (a blend of dried oregano, basil, garlic powder and thyme) to the potato mixture and then sprinkle the crispy giant French fries with freshly grated Parm while they're still warm. “Serve with warm marinara sauce for dipping,” Neal notes.

If ranch is more your speed, Neal said you could “add ranch seasoning to the potato mixture, then serve with more ranch dressing for dipping.”

Last but certainly not least, if you’re a fan of Old Bay seasoning, you might try adding Old Bay seafood seasoning to the potato mixture. “Then sprinkle with more Old Bay while the crispy, giant French fries are still warm,” Neal advises. “Serve with an aioli for dipping.”

And if you really want to shake things up, Neal pointed out that you can totally substitute sweet potatoes for regular potatoes, though the texture might be a tad different. “You can definitely make these giant French fries with sweet potatoes, but they will never get as crispy as the original ones seen on TikTok,” she explained. “Sweet potatoes have more moisture and are less starchy than a Russet or Idaho potato. While they’ll still taste great, they’ll most likely be softer in texture.”

Do you plan to make some giant, crispy French fries for yourself?

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