Beef Stew with a Guinness

How to Make a Homemade Beef Stew With Beer

Beer fills out the flavor of a stew. Unless you want to risk overspicing, the easiest way to flavor a beef stew is adding a can of beer. Make sure you don’t skimp on the other ingredients, though. If you just want beer, just have a beer.

For a beef stew recipe without beer, check out this recipe for a traditional beef stew.
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Oven Baked French Fries

How to Bake French Fries

This recipe will give you delicious homemade oven-baked french fries. This option is cleaner, healthier and somewhat easier than deep frying.

Oven baking your french fries is a healthier choice. If you’re looking for a recipe for less healthy but more delicious fries, check out the recipe for deep-fried french fries

Oven Baked French Fries

French fries by thepinkpeppercorn via Flickr – Creative Commons

Baked French Fry Ingredients

Potatoes and vegetable oil.

And some salt.

How to Bake French Fries

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

Wash your potatoes.

Cut them into neat little fry shapes. (Consult the picture above if you’re not sure what french fries are shaped like.)

Put them in a bowl. Add a couple tablespoons of oil and stir and shake around until the potatoes are thoroughly but lightly coated.

Lay on a baking sheet and cook for about thirty minutes.

Optionally: add salt.

French Fry Making Tips

  • When baking french fries, a thicker cut will usually turn out tastier. Feel free to experiment to see what works best for you.
  • If you make french fries a lot, you may want a french fry cutter. It really makes this whole process easier.
A couple of homemade french fries

Easy Homemade Deep Fry French Fries

This is a super easy recipe for making delicious homemade deep fry french fries.

A couple of homemade french fries

Most people only ever eat beef flavored potato cakes, and call them french fries. As with any other food, if you make it yourself, you know what you are eating.

French Fry Ingredients

Potatoes and vegetable oil. Lots and lots of vegetable oil.

Maybe salt. Maybe.

How to Deep Fry French Fries

First things first, wash your potatoes. Potatoes are filthy.

Chop your now clean potatoes up into fry shaped bits. If you’re not sure what a fry shaped bit looks like, reference the picture above.

To make good french fries you will need to have either a deep cast iron frying pan, or an actual deep fryer. (Alternatively, you can follow this recipe for oven-baked french fries, but you should probably just deep fry them instead.)

Pre-heat your oil to about 375 degrees and drop some sliced up potatoes in there. Cook them until golden brown. Drip dry as you remove them from the oil, and add some salt if you want.

Tips for Cooking Deep Fry French Fries

  • Don’t overcrowd your fries in the oil. They’ll stick together and cook unevenly. Just be patient and do it right.
  • If you plan on making french fries often, get a french fry cutter.

    For a healthier alternative, check out this recipe for sweet potato fries.