Ultimate Oven Fries - Recipe

I have discovered the secret to the Ultimate Oven Fries. Well, actually Cook's Illustrated worked it out and then I tried it and confirmed their claim. I will now pass it on to you.

The Ultimate Oven Fries

3 russet potatoes (about 8 oz each)
5 tablespoons vegetable or peanut
salt and pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees and make sure one of the racks is on the bottom rung.
  2. Peel your russet potatoes and cut them into wedges of equal thickness. Russets are the superior potato for Oven Fries.
  3. Soak the potato wedges in hot water for 10 min - the water will get very cloudy (This helps make the potatoes insides all creamy)
  4. Pat the potato dry and then toss them in 1 tablespoon of oil.
  5. Spread the remaining 4 tablespoons of oil on a heavy dark baking sheet. (You'll get better browning with a dark baking sheet.) Then, arrange the potato wedges on the baking sheet in a single layer.
  6. Cover the baking sheet with tin foil and place it on the bottom rack of the oven for 5 minutes. (This steams the potatoes and keeps them from getting hallow in the middle)
  7. Remove the foil and keep baking for 10 min or until a golden brown on bottom
  8. Flip the fries over with tongs and then continue baking until they are completely golden brown, for a total of 15-20 minutes
  9. Remove from oven once golden and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels. Use additional towel to blot of the extra oil. Salt and pepper to taste and eat tastily.

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