Homemade French Fries & Onion Rings

Perfectly crisp and piping hot, these fried sides rival any restaurant's.
Cynthia Ann Briscoe
French Fries
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Photo: William Dickey

Crispy Fries & Onion Rings:

Smart frying is essential to these delicious recipes. We found the double-fry method (cooking twice in the same oil at different temperatures) hard to beat for extra-crispy fries. To fry any of these sides, start with a good thermometer, and bring your oil to the proper temperature. Frying in small batches is the secret to even cooking, and a Dutch oven minimizes splatters. This batch technique may take a little longer, but it's worth it. Drain each batch on paper towels, and keep them in a warm oven (about 200° to 250°) until ready to serve.

Hush Puppies
These deep-fried balls of cornmeal batter are just plain good. Folks along the Gulf Coast pair them mostly with fried fish, while Kentuckians and Carolinians think of them as natural partners to any barbecue plate.