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Cowboy French Fries

CATEGORY: Side Dish, Potatoes
Who doesn't love french fries?  Especially when they're homemade!!
PREP TIME:  30 minutes
COOK TIME:  40 minutes
4 large russet potatoes
6 cups peanut oil
Salt & pepper
  1. Peel and cut potatoes into 1/4" thick sticks.  Place potato sticks into a large bowl (may need 2 bowls) and run under cold water until water becomes clear.  Leave potato sticks in bowl covered with water, then place ice on top to cover.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 2 days. 
  2. Pour oil into a 4-5 quart pot and heat over medium-low heat until a candy or deep-frying thermometer reads 325 degrees F.  You can also use an electric deep fryer.  There should be at least 3" of space between the oil and the top of the pot/fryer.  This is very important as the oil will bubble up when the fries are added.  Remove the potato sticks from the refrigerator, drain and wrap in a clean dishcloth.  Thoroughly pat dry.  Increase the heat to medium-high and add a handful of fries, at a time, to the hot oil.  (How much you add depends on the size of the pot and the amount of oil.)  Fry the potato sticks until soft and limp, stirring occasionally; approximately 6-8 minutes.  Carefully remove the potato sticks from the pot/fryer using a skimmer or slotted spoon.  Place on a paper towel and let rest for 10 minutes, up to 2 hours.  Repeat until all the potato sticks have been fried.
  3. Reheat the oil to 350 degrees F.  Place the blanched potato sticks into the hot oil, a handful at a time, and refry until golden brown; 1-2 minutes. (How long you fry them depends on how crispy you like your fries).  Remove the potato sticks from the hot oil using the skimmer or slotted spoon and place on a serving platter lined with paper.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Repeat until all of the potato sticks have been refried.  Serve immediately.