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beer soaked fries….really!

A few months back, I received an offer from Foodbuzz + New Belgium Brewery, to make a beer-infused meal or create a meal that pairs well with NB beers.  And here I am, finally getting around to creating a recipe!

Participants received a stipend, which was enough to cover the New Belgium Folly Pack + my dinner plans.  I wish someone would sponsor all of my meals!

I racked my brain, trying to think of a recipe to infuse with beer.  For some unknown reason, even though my body doesn’t get along with gluten, I’ve had no negative side effects from beer.  I’m hoping it stays that way!

Since making french fries, at my birthday party, I haven’t been able to get them out of my head.  Beer + potatoes?  Seems like a good combo.  I googled “beer fries” only to find recipes for beer battered, deep fried, fries.  While that sounds delicious, I didn’t want to batter + deep fry these fries.

What about soaking them in beer, then baking them?

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I invited Kelsey + Eric over to be my test subjects.  They complied.

I headed to the local food co-op, to pick up a few last minute dinner items, including a few russet potatoes.  Cutting taters into fries is fairly easy!

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  1. Cut the potato in half, lengthwise.
  2. Turn one half on it’s side.
  3. Depending on how thick you want the fries, make 2-3 lengthwise cuts. [as pictured above – that photo was after cutting both halves]
  4. Turn the half flat side down, so the cut pieces are stacked parallel with your cutting board.
  5. Cut 3-4 lengthwise cuts, perpendicular to the previous cuts. [as pictured below]
  6. Repeat with the other half.

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And then you get a big bowl of fries!

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And then you soak the fries in beer!  I used New Belgium’s Somersault Ale, which is a delicious summery ale.  A little hoppy, a little fruity, goes down nice + smooth.

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Soak those taters!  I used a whole bottle for 3 russet potatoes, and I would say they soaked up about 1/2 of the beer.

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Garlic Salted, Beer Baked French Fries [serves 4]

  • 1 bottle New Belgium Somersault beer [or beer of choice]
  • 3 russet potatoes [~1 3/4lbs]
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3T olive oil
  • 1-1 1/2t salt
  • 1/4-1/2t black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 425*
  2. Scrub potatoes, and cut per instructions above.  leave the skins on.
  3. In a large bowl, soak the cut fries, in 1 bottle of beer.
  4. Let soak for 15min, tossing 1-2x.
  5. Drain beer and toss with olive oil, garlic, salt + pepper, until well coated.
  6. Line a large baking sheet with parchment [optional, but nice for quick clean up!] and spread the fries, in a single layer on the pan.  Use two pans, if needed.  You don't want them stacked.
  7. Bake for 40min – 1hr, depending on how crispy you like them, tossing 3-4 times. [Mine were in for about an hour.  I’m assuming they took longer to cook because of the beer they soaked up]
  8. Add more salt + pepper to your liking.

*edited to add* One reader tried these with gluten-free beer and said it worked really well!  Check the comment section for tips on types of beer people have used with these.

These were hands down, the best fries I’ve ever made.  I’m not sure if it was from the beer, or just the combination of everything, but they were crispy, bursting with flavor + quite addicting.  When I tasted one out of the oven at about 40min, they were still a bit soft, and you could definitely taste the beer.  As they cooked longer, and became crispier, the beer was less noticeable.  If you’re not a beer lover, you would still love these fries!

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French fries + beer, make for a very happy husband.

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Details on the rest of this meal, tomorrow!

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Off to catch some zzz’s…just got home from a marathon of a day!


Reader Comments (107)

"These were hands down, the best fries I’ve ever made."--
Ok that is seriously high praise.

I would think that the beer would just make the potatoes all mushy and render them soggy and really impossible to truly get crispy but clearly I am wrong and your recipe is right on the money b/c they look AMAZING!

My hubs would be SO HAPPY over these!

Your fries look gorgeous and crispy. I tried using russet potatoes to bake but the potatoes end up breaking (too soft?) and sticking to the tray when I tried to remove from tray.

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShannon Lim

i will give this a shot tomorrow night (but i have jersey sweet potatoes in the fridge). i am SO jealous that you can get New Belgium beer so easily as my fave beer in the world is Fat Tire!!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbano

oh my gosh... want want want!!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

Wow, so those fries sound like something my husband would die for but I must say, I am much more interested in that tofu!!! Looks outstanding!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Gorgeous fries, lady! I gotta brush up on my julienne knife skills :)

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Healthy Hipster

Brilliant. Beer Soaked Potatoes. Brilliant.

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Looks amazing!! and how creative :)

I would have thought the fries would have been soggy from soaking up the beer, but it seems like it didn't do that at all! They look so crispy which is just how I like my fries.

um, you're a genius. i want these STAT!

YUM! And can I just say how jealous I am that you are in jeans and a semi-long sleeved shirt! We are not even out of the 90's at 10:00pm. Grrrrr!!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

French Fries are definitely my weakness! I've never met a potato I didn't like!!!

These sound delicious! Can't wait to try them out!

They would have gone well with my 'Slow cooked Black Ale French dip' that I made for my Foodbuzz + New Belgium Ale recipe!!-->

How nice would that receive stipends all the time to buy food to create delicious bloggers wold be golden! :)

Great idea!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLizAshlee

Oh wow I need to try that technique, so easy and they look so good!

fries + beer = yesiwantnow.

What an AWESOME idea! Beer soaked french fries. Who would'a thought?!?!?!

Oh those fries look amazing!

If you ever want a sponsor for your dessert, let me know! I might be able to hook you up. ;)

You just combined two of my favorites. I'm convinced beer makes almost anything taste even more amazing.

Seriously, what a great idea. You have THE BEST combos of simple ingredients and this is sure to be added to my favorite recipes (among others, most of which are yours - see egg/hummus sandwich, smoked paprika almond butter, just about everything else you post...) Thanks for sharing! YUM!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClaire

Awesome! I'm so glad you're enjoying my recipes! :)

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

It's so fun to use as an ingredient!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

It would be faaabulous!!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Ohh my gosh, that sounds awesome!!! Will check it out!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I thought you might like these...hehe

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Nope! I think they just took longer to cook, but they were worth it!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

hehehe ;)

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oh man, there are SO many breweries out here. I assure you, you'd have a new favorite if you lived here. But Fat Tire is always delicious! Curious to hear how this works with sweet taters!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Did you have enough oil on them? Lining the pan with parchment also really helps and make sure the oven is hot enough, ~425*. :)

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Happy belated! I've been wanting a donut pan.. can't wait to see what comes out of yours!

These fries.. OH MY! I'll have to try them for a BBQ at the parents' sometime! I'm sure they'll go over like gangbusters!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren (PB&G)

Oh my...can't wait to make these!!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKris

I have to try making these. My brother's a "beer connoisseur" and I'm sure he'd enjoy these. They look really good!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

Oh my gosh - those look so good. They would certainly make for a happy boyfriend on my end too! Beer and french fries are like his two favorite things! Haha.

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate

I recently just started drinking beer and finally getting used to the taste of it and liking it as well. Plus I love fries so this is absolutely perfect! Thank you:)

you make the most BEAUTIFUL fries ever. and BEST tofu ever!!!!!!!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterkL---CEE

I can't wait to try these for my own birthday party this weekend! Thank you! The pictures had my friends and I drooling :)

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBalancing Sylvia

You had me at beer.

Making fires with beer? I am in love. I will have to make these once I start drinking alcohol again. :D They looks soooo yummy, crispy and unburnt! Lol. My fries always come out a little charred. Ah well.

omg what a genius idea!!! Eric would loooove these. :)

This is like the perfect way to a man's heart! lol. Can't wait to see what you did to that tofu! :)

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAbby @ Abz 'n' Oats

Great idea... so great for the boys (like everyone is saying)! :)

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbirdie to be

Those look amaaaaazing!!! I am going to make these ASAP. My boyfriend will surely love them too- two of his fave food groups are beer & french fries. Please come up with a beer soaked pizza next ;)

I never thought of soaking potatoes?? I dont drink beer, but I wonder if there is some other beverage or liquid you could use?
They still look yummy though :)

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAri@ThE DiVa DiSh

I also would have thought that soaking the potatoes in beer would have made them soggy. I'm glad you weren't worried about that and tried this anyways because they clearly came out amazing. I'll be trying them soon! I love New Belgium, though their La Folie is my favorite and hard to get outside of Colorado. My boyfriend's family is from Fort Collins, and a trip to New Belgium is always high on my list of priorities when we visit :)

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Not a beer drinker, but those fries look phenomenal! I've never tried anything cooked in beer before, but I've heard of many bakes goods being cooked or fried in beer :) Mmmm.
Can't wait to hear about the rest of the meal!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmilia

You are a genius!

Thoughts using the beer with sweet potato fries?

These sound ah-maze-ing! Another thing that might be worth a try if you still feel like experimenting with beer — mac n' cheese. For some reason that idea sounds great to me.

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaraHadley

Oh lordy...that does sound good!!!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I think it definitely could work! Garlic salted sweet tater fries are I can't see why the beer wouldn't work!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Definitely the opposite of soggy! :) Glad you've gotten to experience this fun city!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hmmm...I'm not sure! Root beer fries? hahaha

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hmmmm, not a bad idea!

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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