Few recipes will transport you to a French restaurant like these crispy, savory parmesan truffle fries. The hand-cut fries are flavored with grated parmesan and garlic powder and baked‒not fried‒to a golden brown.
Topped with fresh parsley, more parmesan, and truffle oil, these truffle fries are loaded with flavor and will make any meal shine.
What Are Parmesan Truffle Fries?
Parmesan truffle fries are a magical concoction that takes hand-cut French fries and dresses them up with the flavors of parmesan cheese and truffle oil. The resulting parmesan truffle fries recipe is one that tastes like it was made in a French restaurant but is quite easy to whip up in a home kitchen.
If you allow time to soak the cut fries for at least an hour, you can combine the fries with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, grated parmesan, and parsley in no time at all. After baking in a very hot oven, you then add the special ingredient‒truffle oil‒and more parmesan and parsley.
These parmesan truffle fries are so intense, earthy, cheesy, and savory, that you may need to rush them to the table before consuming them all in secret. If you are looking for more easy cheesy parmesan recipes, check out our parmesan bread bites and this garlic parmesan white sauce.
You can easily double or triple the recipe by adding 2-3 more potatoes etc. each time. All you’ll need equipment-wise is a baking sheet, a bowl, some parchment paper, and maybe a spatula to flip the truffle fries once during baking.
Parmesan Truffle Fries
How to Make Parmesan Truffle Fries
- Peel potatoes, hand-cut the fries and soak in water.
- Preheat the oven to 450°F.
- Combine French fries with garlic powder, olive oil, salt, pepper, and parmesan.
- Arrange fries on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and add truffle oil, parmesan, and parsley.
- Serve alone or with a condiment of your choice.
Tips and Tricks
- Make sure to soak your hand-cut fries in water for at least an hour or more. Soaking potatoes takes some of the starch out of them, which makes them fry or bake into lighter, crispier french fries.
- When baking parmesan truffle fries, leave a little room between fries on the baking sheet. Otherwise, they will cook unevenly and can end up being underdone in places.
- Add the truffle oil only after the fries come out of the oven or fryer. The truffle flavor will stick to the warm French fries, but, if added before cooking, it will mostly fade away.
More Savory Recipes
If you are looking for more easy savory and cheesy snack recipes then definitely check out these:
- Cheesy Veggie Quinoa Bites
- Parmesan Bread Bites (because we wall need more parmesan in our lives!)
- Flatbread Pizza (and healthy too!)
- Taco Pie (what else is there to say?!)
What are truffle fries made of?
Are truffle fries really truffle?
Truffle fries are usually made with truffle oil. Truffle oil, despite its name, is typically made from truffle extract and not fresh truffles, so the end result is a truffle-flavored oil.
The flavor still imparts the essence of truffles and comes at a much lower price, since your average white truffle costs anywhere between $5,000 - $10,000 per pound. You might appreciate your truffle oil now!
Can you fry in truffle oil?
Truffle oil is a finishing oil, so it is used to add flavor to the dish or item after cooking is completed.
Nothing bad will happen if you use truffle oil to fry your French fries, but it will essentially be a waste of money since the heat will kill off the truffle flavor and you’ll just be spending far too much for frying oil.
What does truffle oil taste like?
Truffle oil is a very sought-after flavor, but it’s also unique, intense, and not for everyone. Truffle oil carries the flavor of white truffles, which have been described as musky, fragrant in an earthy way, and even funky. It adds well to things like French fries, which soak up flavor easily.
Truffle flavor definitely adds a fair bit of umami to your typical dishes and is often added to pasta and omelets, which also work well with the flavor.
How do you fry parmesan truffle fries?
In addition to baking parmesan truffle fries, you can also deep fry them in oil the old-fashioned way. Add any lightweight oil to a heavy pot. Canola oil or vegetable oil are both great options.
Heat the oil to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Fry the potatoes in batches for about 5 minutes or until they soften.
Remove to dry on paper towels. Then re-fry the French fries for a second time when the oil is heated to 400 degrees until they are golden brown. Once they are draining for a second time, you can add the truffle oil, parmesan, and parsley.
Parmesan Truffle Fries Recipe
- 2 large russet potatoes hand-cut into fries
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese plus additional for dusting
- 1 TBSP olive oil
- 1 –2 TBSP truffle oil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 TBSP fresh parsley finely chopped, plus additional for garnish
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- Peel the potatoes and hand-cut them into fries using a sharp knife. They should be about ¼ to ½ inch in width. You can also leave the skin on the fries if preferred, as long as you wash the potatoes well.
- Soak the hand-cut fries in water for at least an hour and dry them well afterward, both with a paper towel and via air-drying.
- Preheat the oven to 450°F. Add parchment paper to a baking sheet and grease with olive oil or cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine the hand-cut fries with garlic powder, olive oil, salt, pepper, and grated parmesan. Mix well to coat completely.
- Arrange the fries on the baking sheet, making sure to spread them out so they are not overlapping.
- Bake the french fries for 30 minutes or until golden brown. You can flip them over once during cooking to ensure an even bake.
- Remove the parmesan truffle fries from the oven and, while still warm, drizzle them with the truffle oil. Sprinkle additional grated parmesan and parsley on top. If additional salt is needed, add some.
- Serve alone or with any condiment. Garlic aioli is super easy to make. You can combine mayonnaise, a minced clove of garlic, and some paprika for color (or you can buy some garlic aioli) and you’ll have a dipping sauce worthy of your parmesan truffle fries.