I've been on a mission for awhile now, trying to duplicate fast food french fries so I could enjoy them again. This recipe won't produce crispy, golden fries like the ones at restaurants, but these partially-fried potatoes still taste good enough to eat on a busy afternoon or as a side dish, especially topped with ketchup.
-small bowl filled with cold water
-small bed of paper towels
-sharp knife, or mandolin slicer
Quick and simple
1 large russet potato, or 2-3 smaller golden potatoes (I personally liked the golden's taste better, but I know many people swear by russets)
3 tbsp. peanut oil for frying
salt and ketchup* for topping (or cheese, maybe chili?)
*Heinz ketchup is GF
1. Wash potatoes and thinly slice them lengthwise into 1/4th inch thick pieces. Don't bother to peel them beforehand. (Russets make longer strips than the goldens). Try to make strips as uniform as possible.
2. Place thin potato strips into a bowl filled with cold water. Let the strips sit for around 5 minutes while the excess starch bleeds out.
3. Drain water. When partially dry, place some into a small saucepan.. DON'T overcrowd the pan. I use a little pan so a small amount of oil will go a longer way; you'll have to fry them in batches.
4. Add in 3 tbsp. frying oil to potatoes, or enough oil to barely cover bottom of pan.
5. Turn heat onto medium and fry potatoes for 5-10 minutes, turning frequently to avoid one side burning. Frying time will greatly depend on thickness of potatoes and kind. Russets took alot longer to cook than the goldens, by about 2 mintues.
6. When parts of potato are slightly crisp, remove slices from oil and place on waiting paper towels. Since these are not deep fried, they won't be totally crispy (tender enough to need a fork to eat ).
7. Sprinkle generously with salt and eat with some ketchup or smother in melted cheese.