heston's triple cooked chips with their crisp glass like finish
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Heston Blumenthal is popping up in my home state of Melbourne, well at least his world renowned UK restaurant 'The Fat Duck' is. For sixth months from February 15th 2015 the 'The Fat Duck' will be at Crown Casino. With only 16,000 seats available those hoping get a table must enter an online ballot. The ballot is open until midnight October 26th, if your successful break open your piggy bank to pay $525.00 per person without drinks.
Dang, I want to experience four plus hours and 12 - 15 magical courses but I might have to settle for Heston's triple cooked chips.
Watch Heston himself make his chips, this video stops at final fry.
Heston's Triple Cooked Chips
1 kg (2.2lb) of potatoes ... (use the best frying potato in your area)
Grapeseed oil for deep frying
chips cut not too big or too small ... shhh, I had a ruler out the first time I made them.
Put the cut chips into a bowl under running water for 5 minutes to wash the starch off. Ok, being on water restrictions a lot here, I caught as much water as I could and transferred it to the garden.
The weird step; Place 2 litres (8 cups) of cold tap water in a large saucepan and add the potatoes. Place the pan over a medium heat and simmer until the chips are almost falling apart (approximately 20–30 minutes, depending on the potato).
Carefully, no really "carefully", remove the cooked chips with a slotted spoon and place them on a cooling rack to dry out. Then place the rack in the freezer for at least 1 hour to remove more moisture.
Heat a deep-fat fryer or a deep pan no more than half filled with oil (to a depth of around 10 cm - 4 inches) to 130ºC (266F). Fry the chips in small batches until a light crust forms (approximately 5 minutes), remove from the oil and drain on paper towel.
Put the potatoes on a cooling rack and place in the freezer for at least 1 hour. You can do this ahead and store the chips in fridge for up to three days.
Heat the oil in the deep-fat fryer or deep pan to 180ºC (356F) and fry the chips until golden (approximately 7 minutes). Drain and sprinkle with salt.
I served the chips wrapped in food colouring printed newspaper, for a fun nostalgic presentation.
The best chips we have ever had... the most work for a chip... longest time investment for a chip... but oh baby it's a great chip!
Haven't entered the ballot yet and want to try for a booking ... head on over to The Fat Duck/Crown Melbourne.
Happy Baking :)
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