The Perfect Comfort Food
In trying times, most people turn to food, and that is perfectly fine – especially when there are such mouthwatering recipes like chef Shaun Searley’s thousand-layer duck fat potatoes. If you say yes to crispy potatoes with a fluffy, rich texture, you’re in for a massive treat. Who said comfort food should only come from a package?
What You’ll Need
You will need some time and several ingredients. It is best to start a day ahead because the recipe includes baking, then cooling, then deep-frying. As for ingredients, you’ll have to get:
- ½ cup melted duck fat
- 4 ½ pounds of King Edward potatoes (Kennebec or Yukon Gold are also okay), peeled and cut into ⅛-inch-thick slices
- 1 tablespoon + 1 ½ teaspoons kitchen salt
- Vegetable oil for frying
How to Make It
Preheat your oven to 300°F. Grab an 8-inch square pan and line it with parchment paper. In a bowl, mix the potatoes, salt, and duck fat until the slices are well covered. Arrange the potatoes layer by layer in the baking pan, making sure each layer covers the holes of the one under it. Cut a square piece of parchment paper to cover the pan, then put aluminum foil on top, and press tightly. Bake for about 2 to 3 hours until the potatoes are tender.
Once the pan is out of the oven, put something heavy on top, and let the potatoes cool to room temperature for about an hour. Then, store them in the fridge for 8 hours.
Remove the parchment paper and cut the potatoes into even squares, then cut each one in half so you have around 42 pieces (2 ½ x 1-inch in size). Place the pieces onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put them in the freezer for a minimum of 30 minutes.
Fry the frozen pieces in batches on medium-high to 375°F until golden brown and crispy. Sprinkle the potatoes with salt and serve immediately and enjoy this delicious comfort food!