Crispy French Fries Recipe

Discover the secret to making the perfect crispy French fries at home. Follow this simple recipe to achieve fries that are golden and crunchy on the outside, yet tender on the inside.

Ingredients

  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 1 quart vegetable oil (for frying)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Optional: seasoning of your choice (paprika, garlic powder, etc.)

Instructions

1. Prepare the Potatoes:

  1. Peel and Cut: Peel the potatoes and cut them into thin strips, about 1/4 inch thick. Try to keep the strips as uniform as possible for even cooking.
  2. Soak: Place the cut potatoes in a large bowl of cold water. Let them soak for at least 30 minutes to remove excess starch. For best results, soak them for 2-3 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.

2. Par-Cook the Fries:

  1. Heat Oil: In a deep fryer or a large, heavy-bottomed pot, heat the vegetable oil to 325°F (165°C).
  2. Blanch the Potatoes: Drain the potatoes and pat them dry with paper towels. Carefully add a handful of potatoes to the hot oil, frying in batches to avoid overcrowding. Blanch them for 3-4 minutes until they are soft but not browned.
  3. Drain and Cool: Remove the blanched fries from the oil using a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain. Let them cool completely (you can freeze them for 20-30 minutes to speed up the process).

3. Fry the Fries:

  1. Increase Oil Temperature: Heat the oil to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Fry Until Crispy: Fry the cooled potatoes in batches until they are golden brown and crispy, about 3-5 minutes per batch.
  3. Drain and Season: Remove the fries from the oil and drain them on fresh paper towels. Immediately season with salt and any other desired seasonings while they are still hot.

4. Serve:

Serve the crispy French fries immediately with your favorite dipping sauces.

Enjoy your homemade crispy French fries!

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