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Trisha Yearwood's Home-style French Fries

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I’m not sure I ever had a store-bought French fry before high school!  Mama made these home fries and served them with fresh-off-the-grill burgers.

6 medium white or red boiling potatoes
1 tablespoon salt
4 cups peanut oil

Peel the potatoes and slice them into 1/4 by 1/4-inch sticks.  Put the sticks in a large bowl and cover with cold water.  Sprinkle salt into the water.  Refrigerate the potato sticks in the salt water for 1 hour.

In a deep-fryer or cast-iron Dutch oven, heat the peanut oil to 375°F.  Transfer half of the potatoes to a colander and drain thoroughly, leaving the rest in the cold water.  Carefully drop the drained potatoes into the hotel oil and fry until light brown, about 15 minutes.  Using a slotted spoon, remove the potatoes to a paper towel-lined plate and sprinkle with additional salt while still hot, if desired. 

Bring the oil back to 375° F.  Drain the remaining potato sticks and add to the oil.  Keep the first batch of fries hot in a 150° oven while you fry and drain the second batch.

Serve piping hot. 

Courtesy of Trisha Yearwood from her cookbook Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen

 

 

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