French Fries

Here is a great recipe for fries. The way that I make them gets them soft and tender in the middle and a nice crispness on the outside. They are not as hard to make as some claim. This is the way that I like to make them. It takes a little extra time but it is worth it I think. I have to say that they are deep-fried and are not too healthy but it is nice to have every once in a while or when you really need them. Here is what you need:

6-8  Russet Potatoes, Washed , dried and cut into 1/4 inch slices and then into 1/4 in strips to make the fries

Oil ( for frying)

Salt

 

(1.) when you have all of the potatoes cut place them in a bowl filled half way with water. Let them soak while the oil is heating up.

(2.) In a large heavy bottom pot ( dutch oven) Add enough oil to fill the pot half way up. Heat the oil over medium heat until 350* on a thermometer.  When the oil is ready for frying take out 2-3 handfuls of the potatoes fries and lay them on some paper towel . Place some more paper towel on the top and pat them as dry as you can get them. Carefully place them in the hot oil and let them cook for 5 minutes.

(3.) Line a Sheet pan with paper towel and set aside. When the potatoes are done remove from pan carefully using a scoop and strain spoon (slotted spoon) and place on the paper towel lined sheet pan. Keep doing this until all are cooked.

(4.) Turn the heat up to medium high heat and let it come to 375* on the thermometer. Line another sheet pan with paper towel and set aside. Carefully place 2-3 handfuls of fries to the Hot oil. Let cook for 10 minutes or until Golden brown. Carefully remove the fries with the slotted spoon onto the paper towel lined sheet pan and quickly sprinkle with the salt while still hot. This allows the salt to stick to the fries. Keep doing this until all of the fries are cooked. Let them set a minute or two to cool off. Place into a serving dish and serve.

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