Maryland Boardwalk Fries

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 pounds russet potatoes

Peanut oil, for frying

Kosher salt

Old Bay Seasoning, to taste

Apple cider vinegar, to taste


  1. Fill a bowl with cold water. Slice the potatoes lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices, then stack the slices and cut into 1/4-inch-wide sticks. Transfer the potato sticks to the water as you go. Drain the potatoes and rinse under cold running water until the water runs clear. Spin in a salad spinner to remove the excess water, then pat dry.
  2. Heat 3 to 4 inches peanut oil in a wide, deep pot over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 300 degrees F. Fry the potatoes in 2 batches until about halfway cooked, 3 to 4 minutes per batch. Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to paper towel-lined baking sheets to drain.
  3. Increase the oil temperature to 365 degrees F. Fry the potatoes again in 3 or 4 batches, turning and stirring with tongs, until golden brown, about 3 minutes per batch. Transfer to fresh paper towels to drain and season with salt. Sprinkle with Old Bay and vinegar.

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