Slightly adapted from The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook
- 2 to 4 potatoes, about 1 1/2 pounds total
- 2-4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- nice sea salt or table salt for seasoning at the end
- Adjust an oven rack to the lowest position and preheat the oven to 475ºF. Wash (and peel if you want) the potatoes. Cut them into equal wedges (about 16 per potato using a medium size russet). Note: really small pieces will over crisp during the baking.
- Place the sliced potatoes into a large bowl and cover them with hot tap water. Let them soak for 10 minutes.
- Spread 2-3 tablespoons of the olive oil over a rimmed baking sheet. Drain the potatoes and dry them thoroughly with a tea towel. Dry out the bowl they were just soaking in. Put the potatoes back in and toss with the remaining tablespoon of oil and the teaspoon of kosher salt. If you want pepper, season the potatoes with pepper here, too.
- Arrange the fries in a single layer on the baking sheet and cover the sheet tightly with foil. Bake for 5 minutes, then remove the foil and continue to bake for 15 to 20 minutes, rotating the pan after 10 minutes to ensure even browning.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven and, using a firm spatula, loosen the fries from the bottom of the pan and flip. Continue to bake until the fries are golden and crisp, about 5 to 10 minutes longer. Rotate the pan as necessary to help them brown evenly.
- Remove from the oven, and season with more sea salt and/or any other seasonings you wish. Serve immediately or as soon as they are cool enough to eat.