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Perfect Fries

A heap of these perfectly crisp, golden, double-cooked fries makes the perfect accompaniment to any sandwich.

  • servings: 10

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Ingredients

  • 6 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick sticks
  • 8 cups safflower oil
  • Coarse salt

Cook's Note

To make fries crisp on the outside with a fluffy interior, cook them at a lower oil temperature, let them cool, then fry at a higher temperature until golden brown.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Place potatoes in a large bowl, and cover with cold water. Refrigerate for 8 hours. Drain, rinse, and pat dry.

  2. Step 2

    Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat until it registers 310 degrees on a deep-fry thermometer. Line 2 baking sheets with paper towels. Carefully add potatoes to oil in small batches. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, turning occasionally. (They will not color much.) Using a slotted spoon, transfer fries to paper towels to drain. Let cool.

  3. Step 3

    Increase heat so oil reaches 350 degrees. Fry potatoes in small batches until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer fries to paper towels to drain. Season with salt, and serve immediately.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, February 2009

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