real, homemade french fries are sooooo good. so bad for you though. and they're also a bit of work and messy. i make oven fries quite a bit but sometimes you just need fries. real fries. the other night we needed real fries.
i sliced up two large russet potatoes (skins on) and then soaked the fries in a bowl of cold water for about 10 minutes to suck out some of the starch. while those were soaking i put some canola oil in my single-woman's dutch oven and heated it over medium low heat to about 250 degrees.
i drained the potatoes on a towel and dried them. once the oil was ready i fried them in batches for about ten minutes. you don't want to cook them through at this point. the key to good fries is frying 'em twice. after the first fry drain them on a wire rack over a cookie sheet.
while they're draining crank up the heat to medium high and bring the oil up to about 350 degrees.
once the oil is ready, fry them in batches until they are nice and golden brown and drain them on your wire rack.