We've all had french fries, but wait 'til you try ours! Frying them in extra virgin olive oil gives them an amazing dimension in both colour and taste. Don't be afraid to use your oil on high heat! It's tougher than you think. As long as it doesn't exceed 400° Fahrenheit, you're deliciously good to go!
Step 1 - Wash and scrub potatoes clean, cutting out any flaws or eyes growing out of them. Slice the potatoes into 1/2" slices, then stack on top of each other and slice again into 1/2" widths, lengthwise.
Step 2 - Add uncooked fries to a deep bowl, rinse in and drain cold water, then cover with cold water. Leave potatoes soaking for 20 minutes or up to 2 days, drawing out as much starch as possible. Drain and lay out flat on a clean kitchen towel, patting dry.
Step 3 - Line a baking sheet with paper towels and set next to the stove. In a cast iron skillet or pot, add enough oil to fill 2-3" up the sides of the pot. Bring the oil to 300*F over medium heat using a thermometer. Once oil is to temperature, gently add small amounts of fries to the hot oil, but don't crowd the pot. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then move the fries with a slotted spoon or spider strainer to the baking sheet and continue frying the remainder of the fries.
Step 4 - Drain all fries on the baking sheet while you raise the heat to 375°F. Begin adding in fries to the hot oil again, frying for 3-4 minutes, or until fries are golden brown. Remove from oil and drain on baking sheet, sprinkling with your chosen seasonings or salt.