Season them to your taste - salt & pepper? Curry? Cayenne and chili powder. Fresh garlic. Grated parmesan. Spicy mustard. No matter how you trick out these chips, they're guaranteed delicious.
Step 1: Materials
- Potatoes - 1 per person is more than enough!
- 1qt/ltr cooking oil - peanut oil is best
- Seasonings - I just used salt, but this is where you can get creative!
- Knife for cutting
- Colander for rinsing
- Pot for frying
Step 2: Cut potatoes
Cut potatoes into 1/4" fry shapes. Or fatter if you like "steak fries." I like em skinny and crisp!
Rinse cut potatoes in a large bowl with lots of cold running water and cover with water by and ice. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
Step 3: Heat oil
If you have a candy thermometer (recommended), heat until the thermometer registers 325oF (165 C).
Make sure that you have at least 3 inches of space between the top of the oil and the top of the pan, as the oil will bubble up and could splatter when the fries are added.
Step 4: First fry
Increase the heat to medium-high and add fries, a handful at a time, to the hot oil.
Fry, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are soft and limp, about 10 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon or sieve, carefully remove fries from the oil and set aside to drain on paper towels.
Let rest for 10 - 20 minutes or so.