Buttermilk Ranch French Fries ~ Savory Simple

You may have heard me chatting about Eat Write Retreat in a post or two. It’s a food blogger conference being held in Philadelphia at the end of this month. It was the very first blogger conference I attended and I am really excited to be going back. They’ve set a very high standard for what to expect at such an event and I hold every other conference up to that standard.

Attendees who registered early this year were automatically entered into an Amazing Apps Culinary Challenge. We were randomly assigned with an ingredient from one of the event sponsors. I knew in advance I would be receiving a goodie box from California Figs, California Ripe Olives, California Raisins or US Potatoes. Can I just tell you how excited I was when I was placed on Team Tater? Potatoes are such a great ingredient to highlight in an appetizer.

Buttermilk Ranch French Fries ~ Savory Simple

We were sent recipe inspiration, nutritional information, an overview of the different types of potatoes, some OXO goodies and an assortment of colorful potatoes to use. I learned a lot of useful information while reading through the materials. For example: one medium-size potato has just 110 calories. With the skin it has 18% of the recommended daily value (DV) of potassium per serving as well as 45% of the recommended DV of Vitamin C.

Buttermilk Ranch French Fries ~ Savory Simple

When I found out I would be working with potatoes, my mind immediately went to French fries. However, the idea made me nervous. Could French fries possibly be considered an “Amazing Appetizer”? They’re a side dish, right?

Buttermilk Ranch French Fries ~ Savory Simple

Not necessarily. It’s true, they make an excellent side dish but what if the flavors are strong enough on their own that they’d compete with the main course? These French fries need to be served alone so that you can fully appreciate the flavors. Make a large batch of them to serve at a party. They’re coated with powdered buttermilk which melts in the mouth and when combined with the other spices, it creates a savory, mouth-watering umami flavor that will have you licking the spice off your fingers so you don’t miss a single bit of the experience.

Buttermilk Ranch French Fries ~ Savory Simple


Buttermilk Ranch French Fries
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Serves: 2-3 servings
  • 2½ tablespoons dried buttermilk powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • ½ teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • optional: 2 teaspoons fresh chives, minced
  • optional: 1½ tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped finely
  • 2 russet potatoes, peeled (see note)
  • Neutral high heat oil for frying (vegetable, grapeseed, safflower, etc)
  1. In a very large bowl, combine the dried buttermilk powder, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, dried minced onion, sugar, cayenne, salt and pepper. Do not add the fresh herbs if using or the mixture will potentially clump from moisture.
  2. Prepare a bowl of ice water and set aside. Using a mandoline with the French fry attachment, slice the potatoes into fries. Place the potatoes into the ice water. Cover and chill for at least 50 minutes.
  3. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy bottom saucepan. Using a thermometer, bring the oil to 325 degrees F. Make sure there's at least 3 inches between the oil and the top of the pan to avoid splatter.
  4. Drain the potatoes and dry very thoroughly. Line a sheet pan with paper towels.
  5. Add ½ of the fries to the hot oil and cook for 6 minutes. Adjust the flame as needed to maintain the temperature.
  6. Carefully remove the fries and transfer to the prepared sheet pan. Repeat with the remaining fries.
  7. Increase the oil temperature to 350 degrees F.
  8. Add ½ of the fries to the oil and cook until golden brown. Remove and allow to drain on fresh paper towels while you cook the remaining potatoes.
  9. Toss the fries with the reserved spice mixture, tossing in the fresh herbs last.
  10. Serve hot.
To save time, this recipe can be simplified by using frozen, pre-cut French fries. Simply fry them according to package instructions and then toss with the spices and herbs.


  • http://www.confessionsofachocoholic.com Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    I love french fries as an appetizer! In fact I want a plate right now :)

  • http://www.mangotomato.com Olga @ MangoTomato

    Your photos are just so flipping awesome!!!!!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      You’re making me blush!

  • http://www.unegaminedanslacuisine.com/ Valerie

    If I ever had to pick a team, it’d be Team Tater. (: These fries blow all the other fries clear out of the water!

  • http://www.averiecooks.com Averie @ Averie Cooks

    I have buttermilk powder on hand…all I need is the fry oil :) Seriously, they look soooo good!

  • http://www.azestybite.com Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

    I would have been pretty excited to get paired up with potatoes as well. These fries look good and you have to love the addition of ranch.

  • http://www.girlversusdough.com Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    These are by far the most perfect looking homemade fries mine eyes ever have seen! Also the most delicious. :) YUM.

  • http://www.foodwinefashion.com Jackie l Food.Wine.Fashion

    Hi Jen! I just discovered your blog and got completely wrapped up in all the recipes! You have graet ideas and great pictures. Glad I found you!

    xo Jackie

  • http://www.anecdotesandapples.com Monet

    Oh man, I would love to be on Team Tater (or at least be someone who gets to sample all these creations!) These fries look just lovely. I’m all about salt and seasoning right now, so I know I’d have no trouble polishing off a bowl of these fries. Thank you for sharing!

  • Erin

    My french fries NEVER look that good! Your photographs are fabulous but I bet these taste even better than they look. Can’t wait to meet you in Philly!

  • http://inquiringchef.com Jess

    These are totally worthy of an appetizer,Jen, but seeing those pictures, I actually think I could make an entire meal of them! ;)

  • http://tutti-dolci.com Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    I rarely eat fries, but I know I’d be unable to stop eating these. Gorgeous photos!

  • http://damndelicious.net Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Dude, I’m sure I could make this a main course, no problem.

  • Kathryn

    Yes! Love the tasty coating on these and the idea of serving them as an appetizer!

  • http://littlekitchie.blogspot.com Marie @ Little Kitchie

    OMG I want a huge plate of these right now!

  • http://whatshouldieatforbreakfasttoday.com/ Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today

    I am a big fan of dutch chips, but buttermilk ones sound too good to pass on.

  • http://www.teaspoonofspice.com Deanna Segrave-Daly

    You had me at the title and the awesome photos and then it was so fun to read that these are part of the EWR Amazing Apps contest! I’ll be there, too, so looking forward to meeting you :)

  • http://themessybakerblog.com Jennie @themessybakerblog

    I want to reach through my screen and grab a fistful of these fries, then proceed to lick my fingers clean. Yum!

  • http://www.southernsouffle.com Erika-Southern Souffle

    Those fries are seriously perfect!!!

  • http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/ Tieghan Gerard

    These look amazing!! Fries are summers best friend and I need to make these!

  • David

    Look, I don’t need any encouragement to eat fries. They are just about my favorite food, but these pictures look SO good. I am practically drooling. Fantastic shots.

  • http://www.ohsweetbasil.com carrian

    I have been seeing these everywhere since last night. PINNING. THIS. NOW

  • http://www.feastie.com/blog Jessica

    Jen – these look incredible! Random unrelated story – you were in my dream last night. I was walking through a house (not sure whose house it was) and saw a table set up with some plates and food – realized it was YOURS and you were taking photos of your food. So then I wanted to see how you did it, and I started picking apart your props and seeing where the light came from, what food you’d made, etc. Talk about random! Your photography haunts my dreams, apparently! lol But back to the fries – yes, please. I’m going to need to buy some powdered buttermilk the next time I’m at the store (i.e. later today).

  • http://hipfoodiemom.com Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    LOVE this!!! I can taste these through your photos. . beautiful!

  • http://www.westoftheloop.com Emily

    Beautiful photos! I am excited that you are coming to EWR this year. I have enjoyed following your blog from Triberr and am looking forward to meeting you.

  • http://acupofmascarpone.com Carol | a cup of mascarpone

    Jen, these look so incredible! My fingers are trying desperately to take one out of my computer screen, but it won’t happen! That’s such a gift when a blog makes one want to do that!

  • http://www.soufflebombay.com Colleen (Souffle Bombay)

    I see we both had potatoes…yum! Your fries look gorgeous and I want to eat 3 dozen immediately! I’m so excited to be able to say hi in person and thank you for all your efforts for TLC! See you in 2 1/2 weeks and best of luck in the challenge!

  • http://kirantarun.com/food Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    This looks incredible, Jen! I’ve never heard of dried buttermilk powder before. Need to try this soon!

  • http://cookingactress.blogspot.com/ Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

    French Fries=super awesome. These look soo gorgeous and perfect, I could eat a billion(ish :P)

  • http://www.arthur-in-the-garden.com Arthur in the Garden!

    A restaurant in Downtown Raleigh makes these

    • http://www.arthur-in-the-garden.com Arthur in the Garden!

      The Borough

  • http://myediblejourney.com Mama B @ My Edible Journey

    I love seasoning potatoes of all kinds with great flavours. I’ve been known to add popcorn seasonings to fries or even mashed potatoes (your ranch twist would be awesome in mashed potatoes). Thanks for sharing.

  • Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    Buttermilk powder, where have you been all my life?? Must get some asap (and some spuds) Pics are A-mazing!!

  • http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    Oh my goodness do those look scrumptious! I want a big handful right now! Love the flavor, too.

  • http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com Jeanette

    What a great idea – buttermilk powder! I’d never think to use that for fries.

  • ashley – baker by nature

    I wish I was going to that conference! Philly is my hometown ;)

    These freis… yes!!! Love the buttermilk ranch thing. xx

  • http://thedomesticrebel.com Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    WHAT THE EFFFFFFFFF. Duude, my hips are going to HATE me for eating nothing but fries all day for the next three weeks. I need fry oil and buttermilk powder on hand ASAP.

  • http://gourmandeinthekitchen.com Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    I can definitely see french fries standing their own as an appetizer especially when they are so full flavored like these.

  • http://www.notquitenigella.com Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Jen these look SO good! Thinking about it, I would love them as an appetiser. In fact I think they’re brilliant for cocktail parties in a little cone too. I had them at one once and people swarmed the waitstaff! :)

  • http://www.justataste.com Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste

    Wow! These look incredible! I am a French fry fanatic and cannot wait to try these!

  • http://tinaschic.com Tina @ Tina’s Chic Corner

    Your pictures are amazing! Seriously an inspiration. Not to mention that these fries look dangerously delicious…dangerous because I’d eat them all. :)

  • http://www.cookingclassy.com Jaclyn

    Beautiful pictures Jen! I love the contrast. These fries look perfect. Fries + ranch = match made in heaven :).

  • http://mysanfranciscokitchen.com/ Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen

    Ahh these fries are killing me! They look so good, I just want to reach through my screen and grab some! :)

  • http://orgasmicchef.com Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    What great fries. I had no idea it was that easy to make ranch french fries. These are totally mine from now on.

  • http://www.bake-online.co.uk Jenny @ BAKE

    These fries look incredible!

  • http://www.piesandplots.net Laura Dembowski

    I love french fries! I can’t wait to make my own. The flavors on these sound great. I think french fries can even make a good main course :)

  • http://diabeticfoodie.com Shelby | Diabetic Foodie

    I am such a sucker for french fries and yours look absolutely heavenly! Hope to meet you in Philly!

  • http://www.liciousfood.wordpress.com Jennifer @ Licious Food

    These look AMAZE! I haven’t met a potato that I didn’t like. :) I will have to give these a try soon!

  • http://wee-eats.com natalie @ wee eats

    did you just sprinkle magical ranch powder on delicious french fries? Oh my…. if I’ve got a recipe for ranch powder it’s going to end up on EVERYTHING

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      Yes, that’s pretty much the recipe!

      • http://wee-eats.com natalie @ wee eats

        I don’t know why I always just assumed that powdered buttermilk would taste inferior to regular… but I have a HUGE container of it and I’m totally making ranch powder today and sprinkling it onto some frozen-fries and/or tots…

  • http://www.nutmegnanny.com Nutmeg Nanny

    I love fries :) these fries look especially delicious! I am loving this recipe!

  • http://www.110pounds.com Lisa

    The fact that can I SEE how crispy and herb seasoned those fries are is making me drool! I want those!!

  • Elisa

    these sound awesome! Will have to try!

  • erin

    i need to make these… RIGHT NOW!

  • T.R.

    French fries are one of my FAVORITE foods next to hot dogs and hamburgers. :O) I’m going to really have to try this recipe. I love garlic fries too.

  • http://www.thelemonbowl.com Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

    I want to eat all of these!

  • Michelle Martinez

    AMAZING!!!! Could these be baked???

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple


  • Motion Technology

    Just wanted to let you know, we loved this recipe so much we featured it on our list of 7 Over the Top(pings) French Fry Recipes! Thanks for sharing your delicious fries, we’re big fans!

  • http://www.dancingthroughsunday.com.au/ bec

    These look deliciously tasty