Baked Potato Fries: Reloaded

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 12 hr 30 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Software:

4 russet potatoes (about 8 ounces/227 grams each), scrubbed and rinsed

2 teaspoons plus 2 quarts peanut oil 

Kosher salt 

Special Hardware: 

Heavy pot or large Dutch oven

Fry/candy thermometer

Large hand strainer or "spider"

Directions

  1. At least 12 hours before frying: heat oven to 350 degrees F and position rack in top half of the oven. Set an empty sheet pan on a lower rack.
  2. Using a dinner fork or paring knife, poke several holes in the potatoes to allow water vapor to escape during cooking. Coat each potato lightly with 2 teaspoons of the peanut oil and sprinkle generously with salt.
  3. Bake directly on the oven rack for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until tender or until an instant read thermometer inserted into the center of a potato reads 185 to 195 degrees F.
  4. Cool to room temperature and then refrigerate overnight, unwrapped if possible.
  5. The next day, heat the 2 quarts peanut oil to 375 degrees F in a large Dutch oven fitted with a deep-fry thermometer. (As the temperature crosses 350 degrees F, turn down the heat so that you don't shoot through the target temp.)
  6. Slice the cold potatoes into half-inch-thick batons, leaving the skin attached. Boost the heat slightly before adding the first fries and cook 8 to 10 at a time until golden brown and delicious, 2-3 minutes. You'll have to adjust the heat to maintain the oil temperature, so keep an eye on it. Use a spider to fish the fries from the oil to a cooling rack set over paper towels. Sprinkle with additional salt while hot and devour.

Cook’s Note

Note: since the fries have already been cooked by baking, they're won't be as much bubbling and foaming in the oil, which is nice. Even better: the fries will be ridiculously crisp on the outside while still cream-soft on the inside.

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