French Fries

French Fries
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: French
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The trick to french fries is double-frying. First, flash-fry the potatoes to eliminate moisture, then fry them again to ensure crispness. Eating them with mayonnaise will take you to Europe.
Ingredients
  • About 8 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds medium baking (russet) potatoes, peeled
  • Equipment: a deep-fat thermometer; an adjustable-blade slicer fitted with french fry or large (1/4-inch) julienne blade
  • Accompaniment: mayonnaise
Instructions
  1. Heat 1½ inches oil to 325°F in a 5-quart heavy pot over medium heat. While oil is heating, cut potatoes with slicer into ¼-inch sticks.
  2. Fry potatoes in 5 batches for 1½ minutes per batch (potatoes will not be golden) and transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. (Return oil to 325°F between batches.)
  3. Heat oil to 350°F. Refry potatoes in 5 batches until golden and crisp, about 5 minutes per batch, and transfer to clean paper towels to drain. (Return oil to 350°F between batches.)
  4. Season fries with salt.