All About “French Fries”

French fries (American English), chips (British English),fries, finger chips (Indian English), or French-fried potatoes are batonnet or allumette-cut deep-fried potatoes. In the United States and most of Canada, the term fries refers to all dishes of fried elongated pieces of potatoes, while in the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, Ireland and New Zealand, thinly cut fried potatoes are sometimes called shoestring fries or skinny fries to distinguish them from the thicker-cut chips.

French fries are served hot, either soft or crispy, and are generally eaten as part of lunch or dinner or by themselves as a snack, and they commonly appear on the menus of diners, fast food restaurants, pubs, and bars. Fries in America are generally salted and are almost always served with ketchup, but in many countries they have other condiments or toppings, like vinegar, mayonnaise, or other local specialties. Fries can be topped more heavily, as in the dishes of poutine and chili cheese fries. French fries can be made from sweet potatoes instead of potatoes. A baked variant of the French fry (“chunky oven chips”) uses less or even no oil.

But,

Do french fries really come from France?

The French gave the world the hot air balloon, the sewing machine, and the bikini. They even gave the United States the Statue of Liberty. However, one thing the French cannot claim is the French fry.

Despite its name, the French fry is not French. The origins of the French fry have been traced back to Belgium, where historians claim potatoes were being fried in the late-1600s.

According to local Belgian lore, poor villagers living in Meuse Valley often ate small fried fish they caught in the river. During the winter months the river would freeze over — making fishing impossible and forcing the villagers to find other sources of food.

Enter the potato. The villagers turned to the root plant, slicing and frying it much in the same way they prepared the fish. And just like that, the earliest French fries were born.

Oven-baked Fries

American soldiers stationed in Belgium were first introduced to French fries during World War I. As the official language of the Belgian army was French, soldiers nicknamed the delicious fried potatoes “French fries.” The name stuck, and decades later we’re still giving credit to the wrong country.

French fries are one of the most popular side dishes in the world. When it comes to dipping, fries often find themselves covered in ketchup, mayonnaise, or vinegar, but that seems to be where the universal preference ends.

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In Belgium, people prefer to eat French fries with cooked mussels or with a fried egg on top. The United Kingdom is famous for its “fish and chips.” In the Middle East, fries are wrapped in pita bread with chicken, and in France they are served with grilled steak. Canadians serve up poutine, a dish consisting of french fries and cheese curds, topped with brown gravy!

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Steak and Fries (France)
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Fish and Chips (United Kingdom)
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Poutine (Canada)

What is the best thing to dip your fries in?

According to Buzzfeed, here are the rank results of the best french fry pair:

  1. Ketchup
  2. Frosty
  3. Mayo
  4. Ranch
  5. Barbecue
  6. Aioli
  7. Honey mustard
  8. Cheese sauce
  9. Gravy
  10. Vinegar
  11. Sriracha
  12. Thousand Island
  13. Tartar sauce
  14. Mustard
  15. Buffalo
  16. Sweet chili
  17. Hot sauce
  18. Blue cheese dressing
  19. Honey
  20. A1 Steak Sauce
  21. Tabasco
  22. Peanut sauce
  23. Horseradish
  24. Pesto
  25. Marinara
     

How about you? What do you dip your french fries in?

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