While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
It may be Friday the 13th, but there's nothing scary about today - it's National French Fry Day!
While its name would suggest we have France to thank for fries, that honor might actually belong to the country’s northern neighbor, Belgium. Because both nations speak French, the name mix up might have occurred when American World War I soldiers were moving through the smaller country and encountered pommes frites, or fried potatoes. Thomas Jefferson also had "potatoes served in the French manner" on a trip to Paris and brought the recipe home with him.
No matter the origin, it’s safe to say that fries are one of America’s most popular sides.
Fries come in all shapes and sizes - waffle fries, thick-cut steak fries, curly fries, tornado fries. They also can get topped with a variety of sauces and condiments, depending on where you are. In Canada, you’re likely to find poutine, a humble dish of French fries topped with gravy and cheese curds. It’s a stick-to-your-ribs staple that’ll warm you up on even the coldest of days.
Then there’s the gourmet fry, cooked in duck fat and served with Parmigiano-Reggiano truffle cream.
For making your own version of this classic, choose your potato wisely. You’re looking for a high starch, low moisture potato like russet or Idaho spuds.
Once you've picked the perfect potato, cut your fries into a uniform thickness so they cook evenly. Try double-frying your fries, first at a low temperature to cook the middle, then at a higher temperature to get a crispy exterior.
Season them right as they come out of the fryer, and you're on your way to tater transcendence!
There has been so much pressure put on the fast food inutrdsy because of their "unhealthy" food. If I want an apple, I'll steal from the farmers field like I've always done.
Didn't even know there was a National French Fries Day. Thank Goddess Friday Anyway.
What are "French Fries?" I only know of "Freedom Fries."
Let's talk about fries. They're for breakfast. Eggs (your way), bacon, cut up a potato into 1/2 inch cubes and fry it in the fresh bacon grease. Put a giant tablespoon of strawberry jam in the middle of the plate.
National Pie Day, Burger Day, Fry day....no woner you Americans are all obese
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I "woner" why most people who insult can't type
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Forget the fries, go drink a nice warm cup of lard. same thing. All they talk about is obesity in this country and we celebrate one of the biggest culprates. I wish Bloomberg would tax these like cigarettes
I wish you'd curl up and choke, but we can't have everything.
What is a culprate?
Is it anything like a culprit?
You're confusing lard with sugar
DING! FRIES ARE DONE!
Whoops. Not @ anyone in particular.
Would you like an apple pie with that?
Glad to see someone caught it.
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Make that sweet potato and it's so on!
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