Serves 6 as Appetizer
Cook time about 15 minutes plus 45 minutes to prep
- 4 russet potatoes
- 2 qts of Canola oil
- Large bowl of ice water
- Paper towel
- Baking pan
- Cooling rack
- Oil thermometer
Peel the potatoes and cut them lengthwise into French fry shapes. Store the cut potatoes in cold water for 30 minutes or up to a day in advance. Pour the oil into a large enough pot to hold the 2 quarts of oil leaving at least half of the pot space open for frying. When the oil is ready for frying, test a piece of potato and it should bounce in the oil and sizzle. Oil should not smoke. Temperature should be about 300 degrees.
Drain the potatoes and remove excess water with paper towel. Place 1/3 of the potatoes into the hot oil one at a time and allow them to fry slowly, agitating the potatoes in the oil using a metal slotted spoon so they are fully submerged and do not stick, 5-6 minutes.
Once the potatoes reach a dark golden brown, remove from the oil and place on cooling rack and season with salt. Repeat step 4 until all potatoes are finished.
Serve French Fried with Mayonnaise, Ketchup and/or Vinegar.