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Best Ever Homemade French Fries

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Fluffy inside, crisp on the outside, and made without any special equipment. Goodbye, fast food fries!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Russet Potatoes
  • 2 quarts Vegetable Oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Preparation

Vigorously scrub potatoes to remove any dirt particles and remove any eyes with a knife. Pat them dry. Cut potatoes into long strips, about 3/8″ inch on each side. If you are using a knife, you can slice each potato into 3/8″ sheets, then slice each sheet to form the strips.

Spread the strips evenly in the bottom of a large, wide-bottomed pot or Dutch oven, stacking them no more than two or three deep. Pour the vegetable oil over the strips until they are covered by about an inch.

Line a cookie sheet with paper towels, or my preference, one side of a brown grocery bag, and set aside.

Place the pot over medium heat. Once the oil begins to bubble, continue to cook, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes. Use a heat-safe spatula to occasionally loosen the strips from the bottom of the pot and turn them, taking care not to splash hot oil on yourself. Once the potatoes are very tender and can be pierced effortlessly with a fork, increase the heat to medium-high. Cook the fries for another 10-15 minutes, turning often with the heat-safe spatula, until they are golden-brown and crisp.

Working quickly to avoid burning them, lift the fries from the oil with a slotted spatula or spoon and dump them on the paper-lined cookie sheet. Once all fries are out of the oil, turn off the heat and allow the oil to cool.

Keeping the fries on the cookie sheet, season lightly with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Toss fries to evenly distribute the seasoning and add more salt and pepper as needed.

Serve immediately, or, if you have a bit to wait until dinner, place the cookie sheet in the oven. Heat the oven to 200°F and then turn it off so that the fries stay warm but do not continue to cook. Remove from the oven immediately before serving.

Adapted from Bon Appétit.

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Patricia @ ButterYum on 2.17.2013

What a lovely shot – makes me so want to go buy some potatoes. Must give these a try soon!!

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Rebekah Godt on 2.15.2013

This is the best way to make homemade fries. These are the best!!

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