Jean-Georges's Chickpea Fries
Jean-Georges Vongerichten, owner of Prime Steakhouse, at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, shares his recipe for this Prime favorite. These fries can also be pan-fried in 1/4 inch of olive oil.
- Servings: 10
Source: Martha Stewart Living Television, February 1999
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- 4 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons milk
- Coarse salt
- Cayenne pepper
- Freshly ground white pepper
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
- 2 1/4 cups chickpea flour
Bring milk to a boil in a large saucepan with butter, salt, cayenne, and white pepper. Slowly add flour, whisking constantly and vigorously until the mixture begins to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 5 minutes.
Cover an 11-by-17-inch baking sheet with plastic wrap. Pour mixture onto three quarters of the prepared baking sheet, spreading evenly with an offset spatula. Cover with plastic wrap, and transfer to refrigerator to chill until firm, about 1 hour.
In a large, deep pot, heat 4 inches of oil until it reaches 350 degrees. Remove plastic wrap, and cut dough crosswise into 3-inch strips. Cut strips crosswise into 1/2-inch fries. Transfer fries to heated oil, and fry in batches until golden, about 2 minutes. Remove from oil, and season with salt and cayenne pepper. Repeat with remaining fries. Serve immediately.