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Bistro Pommes Frites


These crispy bistro-style fries get their signature texture and flavor from cooking twice; once fried and once in the oven.

  • Servings: 4

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2007


  • 4 large russet potatoes (9 to 10 ounces each)
  • Coarse salt
  • 4 cups vegetable oil (32 ounces)


  1. Peel potatoes and cut lengthwise into sticks, about 1/3-inch thick, transferring them to a bowl of salted cold water as you work. Drain, and rinse until water runs clear. Pat dry with paper towels.

  2. Heat oil in a 14-inch straight-sided skillet until oil registers 375 degrees Fahrenheit on a deep-fry thermometer. Add half of the potatoes and distribute evenly. Cook, without stirring, until barely golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a baking sheet lined with paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining potatoes. (Adjust heat between batches as necessary to keep oil at a steady temperature.) Potatoes may be prepared up to this point about 2 hours ahead of time.

  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove paper towels from baking sheets. Bake potatoes until golden and crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven. Season with salt; toss. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

This recipe was also featured on "Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn."

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  • schrinpmo
    14 JAN, 2011
    if i can't find something i google it. it's always worked. you're right, the website can be cornfusing
  • mbearsky
    13 JAN, 2011
    You are right, who ever sets up this site is getting over paid for the quality of this site. Every time I want a recipe it comes up with a fault and I get nothing. Too bad some one does not care enough to check every forwarding command they install. VERRY POOR QUALITY
  • gitinoam
    3 JAN, 2011
    I thought these came out very very greasy. They tasted good. But I think that either you make fries in the oven and they don't come out greasy and they come out somewhat dietetic or fry them all the way.
  • laurijcitro
    30 DEC, 2010
    Why are some (quite a few) of the recipes not available to add to Ziplist? I get an error message for alot of the recipes I'm trying to add.