“By the time Halloween arrived, Harry was regretting his rash promise to go to the deathday party. The rest of the school was happily anticipating their Halloween feast; the Great Hall had been decorated with the usual live bats, Rubeus Hagrid’s vast pumpkins had been carved into lanterns large enough for three men to sit in, and there were rumours that Albus Dumbledore had booked a troupe of dancing skeletons for the entertainment.”
-J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
_ _ As we grow up, we’re all told that we’re beautiful and unique snowflakes. However, time passes and we age; we become cynical; and we enter the job market, in which we are told there are at least fifteen other snowflakes applying for the same position that are just as qualified as we are. I’m not bitter… But I do have something that sets me apart. As you may be able to tell from the picture, I have what is non-clinically referred to as “toe thumbs.” Only 1 in 1,000 people have this affliction and I was mocked my whole life for my weirdly shaped appendages but after struggling with touch-screen texting and feeling unworthy to hitch hike for years, I realized that these bulbous digits are what set me apart from the masses… I can rejoice in my individuality! And I give these apple fries two big toe-thumbs up.
2 Granny Smith Apples
2/3 cup Corn Starch
Vegetable Oil (for frying)
1 tbsp Sugar
1/8 tsp (heaping) Cinnamon
Caramel Sauce (for dipping)
Thermometer for the oil (they’re only about $6 at the grocery store and so worth it)
1. In a heavy-bottomed sauce pan, begin heating the oil to 365°F. I’d recommend using about 4-5 inches of oil so the actual amount will vary depending on the size of the pan you use.
2. Peel and core the apples. Cut them into strips the approximate shape of fries- I’d recommend keeping them at least the thickness of your pinky because much thinner and they just taste starchy after you fry them… and you want the apple taste to come through!
3. In a medium mixing bowl, add the corn starch. Toss the apple slices in the starch making sure to cover every piece thoroughly. Place the apples in a mesh strainer and toss/shake them (either over the same bowl or over the sink) to get rid of the excess starch until only a thin coating is left.
4. When the oil has reached the correct temperature, add about half of the apple slices to the pot and allow them to cook for 3 to 3.5 minutes, until the edges become a golden brown. Remove the slices to a bowl lined with paper towels and allow them to sit for about 30 seconds. Mix the cinnamon and sugar and toss the fried apple with some of the mixture. Remove these finished slices to a serving platter and replace the paper towels in the bowl. Repeat the process with the remaining apple, first making sure the oil is still at the temperature that you want.
5. Enjoy the fries while still warm, dipping them in a homemade or store bought caramel sauce!
*Note: You don’t want to make these too much ahead of time because they will get a bit soggy as they cool and they’re much better when crispy.