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Matchstick Fries


These delicate, crunchy fries are the perfect French bistro-inspired accompaniment to our Hanger Steak With Shallots.

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: Beatriz Da Costa

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2006


  • Vegetable oil, cooking spray
  • 2 medium russet potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into matchsticks
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray; set aside. Toss together potatoes, oil, and 1 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Arrange potatoes in a single layer on prepared baking sheets.

  2. Bake, turning potatoes with a metal spatula 2 or 3 times and rotating sheets halfway through, until potatoes are crisp and edges turn golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes. Arrange potatoes on a large piece of parchment paper; let cool 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook's Notes

Using a mandoline to slice the potatoes is quick and easy. You can do so up to four hours ahead; to prevent browning, place matchsticks in a bowl of cold water in the refrigerator until ready to use, then pat them dry with paper towels.

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  • test_tanya
    26 SEP, 2008
    i love fries.