Making perfect pommes soufflees (click here for a full recipe) comes down to careful shaping and slicing. Cutting the potatoes into football shapes with a sharp paring knife makes them easier to slice and cook and yields elegant-looking fries.
1. Start with a sharp paring knife and a large russet potato weighing about 12 ounces.
2. With the knife positioned about 1/2" into the potato, slice off a piece.
3. With the knife positioned about 1/2" in from the potato's end, slice off another piece.