Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine

Spicy French Fries

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 17 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 7 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon ground coriander seeds

4 cups vegetable oil

4 medium baking potatoes, like russets (about 4 pounds total)


  1. In a large bowl stir together salt, cayenne, paprika, and coriander.
  2. In a 4-quart heavy kettle, heat oil over moderate heat until a deep-fat thermometer registers 325 degrees.
  3. While oil is heating, cut potatoes lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick sticks. Fry potatoes in oil 1 1/2 minutes (potatoes will not be golden) and with a slotted spoon transfer to brown paper or paper towels to drain.
  4. Heat oil to 350 degrees F. Return potatoes to oil and fry until golden and crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer fries with a slotted spoon to clean brown paper or paper towels to drain and toss fries in spice mixture.

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