It’s National French Fry Day!
Did you know the average American eats approximately 30 pounds of French fries each year? And while French fries may not be the healthiest way to consume a potato, they are certainly among the tastiest. Nothing compares the golden crispness of hand-cut shoestring fries, steak fries, curly fries, or waffle fries deep-fried in oil and sprinkled with salt.
So, what’s the story behind America’s most popular potato food item? Though the country of origin remains debated, with claims from Belgium and France, the term “French fries” grew in popularity during World War I and remains our terminology of preference today. Though the name is misleading, French fries are an American dish. You can find them in other countries, but they are referred to differently, such as papas fritas in Spain, chips in the United Kingdom, frites in France, and Vlammse frieten (Flemish fries) in Belgium.
What we eat is very much determined by our personal preferences and food creativity. While some of us are content simply dipping our fries in ketchup, there is a world of French fry toppings to please the most adventurous palates. This ultimate comfort food can be dressed up with malt vinegar, wasabi mayonnaise, grated parmesan cheese, bacon, garlic, sour cream, and other food combinations that transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.
What’s your favorite way to eat French fries?
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