Celebrate National French Fries Day!

Today is National French Fries Day, and this recipe is a tasty way to celebrate. These taters are pure perfection, crispy and light golden brown on the outside, yet tender on the inside. All they need is a simple sprinkling of salt and pepper, but feel free to dunk them in your favorite condiment...or jazz them up with a bit of spice.

2 lb. russet potatoes (about 3 medium), peeled
Oil for frying
3/4 teaspoon kosher (coarse) salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1. Cut potatoes lengthwise into 1/4-inch strips; pat dry with paper towels.

2. Heat 3 inches oil in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat or in deep-fat fryer to 350°F., adjusting heat if necessary to maintain temperature. Line 2 baking sheets with several layers of paper towels. Fry in small batches 2 1/2 minutes or until potatoes are pale white and just tender but not limp. (They will become limp as they cool.) Drain well; place on paper towels. Let stand, uncovered, at least 5 minutes or up to 3 hours.

3. When ready to serve, heat oil to 375°F. Fry potatoes in batches 2 1/2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Drain well; place on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

6 servings

PER SERVING: 230 calories, 12.5 g total fat (2 g saturated fat), 2.5 g protein, 27.5 g carbohydrate, 0 mg cholesterol, 200 mg sodium, 2.5 g fiber

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