My daughter decided that she wanted some fries yesterday, and she set out to make some. She asked for a few pointers, and made herself some great fries with the cast iron pan on the stove.
They looked so good, that I decided to do a bigger batch, but without the heat from the stove top.
These fries come out crisp, and tasty, and can be made more quickly than it takes to bake the frozen ones from the grocery store.
5-8 Russett potatoes - scrubbed
Oil for frying
Salt as desired
Dish lined with paper towels
I picked up this food chopper several months ago, on the advice of my sister in law. I found it at an outlet kitchen store for less than $20.00, and love that it has many interchangeable blades. I also found a potato slicer at Walmart a couple of years ago, that similarly juliennes food (makes easy sticks) as well. A kitchen knife and cutting board also do the same thing, but the result may not be quite as uniform.
Slice clean potatoes into 1/4x1/4" slices. Leave peels on as desired.
Soak potato sticks in ice water for 10-30 minutes. This helps make them crisper, and alleviates the 'rust' that potatoes get when in contact with air.
After soaking,I tried gently drying the potatoes with a paper towel just prior to submerging in oil, but liked them best when they were submerged in oil, still wet from ice water. Be aware however, that this may cause oil to "pop" and may cause burns.
Using a fryer (if you have one) or a heavy skillet on the stove, heat 1.5 - 2 inches of oil to 350-400* F.
A fry basket comes in pretty handily if you have one.
Working in small batches, remove a handful of potato sticks from the ice water bath, and place into fry basket/or directly into pan, and submerge in hot oil.
Allow to cook for 3-5 minutes - tossing gently as needed.
Remove from oil, and salt immediately.
Dump into paper towel lined bowl or pan, to allow oil to drain.