French fries are a lot like chips in the sense that you simply cannot only have one as it would defy the laws of the universe. The same goes for popcorn kernels and cats – one just doesn’t cut it as it just is not enough.
Considering French fries are the go-to side dish for just about every handheld sandwich or burger you can think of, it makes sense that so many of us enjoy them. They are arguably the most common addition to any meal when you eat out, and for good reason. It’s hard to fuck up potatoes, salt and a deep fryer.
Homemade French fries are always going to be better than frozen, and so I thought I would find a recipe to share to make some from the comfort of your own kitchen. This particular recipe comes from thecozycook.com.
- 10 large russet potatoes, peeled and rinsed
- 2 quarts vegetable oil, can sub canola oil
- Slice the potatoes into ½ inch thick sticks. Using a French fry cutter makes this much easier.
- Soak the potato slices in cold water for a minimum of one hour, and up to overnight. The longer, the better as this process removes the starch which makes for extra crispy fries.
- Rinse the fries twice with cold water.
- Lay the fries on paper towels or a clean dishcloth and pat them as dry as possible.
- Heat oil in a deep fryer or dutch oven to 300 degrees F. You’ll need to fry in about six batches, begin with a quart of oil and add more as needed. Frying too many at once makes them less crispy.
- Use a slotted spoon to add the potatoes to the oil and fry for about 5-6 minutes. The oil should bubble lightly, we’re only heating the potatoes, we don’t want them to crisp yet.
- Place the cooked potatoes on a paper towel lined plate and fry the rest of the remaining batches.
- Increase the heat to 400 degrees F and fry each batch a second time until they are crisp and golden-brown, about 5 minutes or so.
- Remove them and place them on dry paper towels. Sprinkle with salt as soon as they come out.
- Serve with ketchup or fry sauce and enjoy!” the web page states.
Let’s make some fries, my friends!