These were PERFECT! Simple, easy and the oil was hardly flavored so it was so reusable!
Yes, it will take a full bottle of oil (I used olive oil, it's the only oil I cook with; but use peanut or sunflower or canola or whatever you desire.) You simply cut up your russets, place them in a large, heavy bottom pot with enough oil to cover them by at least 1/2 an inch and bring it to a boil. Then watch as they bubble away for about 10-12 minutes and you get gorgeous, browned, crispy French Fries that will wow your eaters and blow your mind!
Keep in mind, if you use different size pots (because you want to make sure you have plenty of fries!) a small pot will cook faster. As soon as they look golden, spoon them out with a slotted spoon and let drain on newspaper or paper towels and sprinkle with salt immediately and inhale! Or, eat like an elegant French person, NOT!
Homemade French Fries (from Smitten Kitchen
1-2 russets, cut into 1/4 inch thick matchsticks
25 fl oz oil (a bottle the size of a wine bottle)
If you have the time and inclination, blot off any moisture on the potatoes after you cut them; I did not and they were still amazing. Place in a large, heavy bottomed pot and pour enough oil to cover them by at least 1/2 inch. Bring to a boil over medium heat and once boiling cook for another 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. They will brown even more very quickly so keep and eye on them after 10 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to a sheet pan covered with newspaper or paper towels and salt immediately. Serve immediately!