I made John steak frites for his birthday meal, and it was pretty delicious. I was excited to try out a recipe that CI had for “easier French fries” in a recent magazine. This technique worked really well and uses less oil.
about 2.5 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into fries
6 cups peanut oil (you can substitute vegetable or canola)
1/4 cup bacon fat (optional)
Combine potatoes oil and bacon fat in Dutch oven. Cook over high heat until oil starts boiling (about 5 minutes). Cook without stirring for 15 minutes.
Stir fries and continue to cook until golden. The recipe said 5-10 minutes more but it took me a bit longer than that. Drain fries on a paper bag, salt and devour.