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THE ULTIMATE FRENCH FRIES

TEST KITCHEN MAKE-AHEAD

Follow the first three paragraphs as directed, then freeze the cooled fries on a parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Transfer the frozen fries to a resealable freezer bag. Continue with the recipe as directed for fresh french fries in minutes.

MAKES 6 TO 8 SERVINGS
HANDS-ON TIME 40 MINUTES
REFRIGERATION TIME 1 HOUR
TOTAL TIME 2 HOURS

1 kg russet potatoes, scrubbed and cut in ¼-inch thick sticks
3 tbsp white vinegar
2 tbsp salt
vegetable oil for deep-frying flaky salt (optional)

In large bowl, cover potatoes with cold water; drain. Repeat until water runs clear. Cover with cold water; refrigerate for 1 to 24 hours. Drain.

Place 2 racks over 2 baking sheets. In large pot, bring vinegar, salt and 12 cups water to boil. Add potatoes; return to boil and cook for 2 minutes. Using large slotted spoon, transfer potatoes to prepared racks, spreading in single layer. Let cool completely, about 10 minutes.

In Dutch oven or deep heavy-bottomed pot, add enough oil to come 1½ inches up side; heat over medium heat until deep-fryer thermometer reads 350°F. Working in batches, deep-fry potatoes just until tender, about 3 minutes, returning oil to 350°F between batches. Using large slotted spoon, transfer french fries to prepared racks. Let cool completely, 8 to 10 minutes.

In same pot, reheat oil over medium-high heat until deep-fryer thermometer reads 400°F. Working in batches, deep-fry french fries until crisp and golden, about 2 minutes, returning oil to 400°F between batches. Using large slotted spoon, return french fries to racks. Season with flaky salt while still hot (if using).

PER EACH OF 8 SERVINGS about 288 cal, 3 g pro, 21 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 23 g carb (2 g dietary fibre, 1 g sugar), 0 mg chol, 111 mg sodium, 521 mg potassium. % RDI: 1% calcium, 8% iron, 12% vit C, 4% folate.

TEST KITCHEN TIP

Our Ultimate French Fries and Marinara Ketchup are a match made in heaven. Find the recipe on page 10.

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