Yup. I said it. French fries are my favorite food! I don’t care if they’re homemade, baked and made from scratch, curly and orange, or frozen and fried at the nearest fast food joint, I could eat them everyday. I mean who doesn’t love a slice of deep fried potato?! Don’t get me wrong, I like fine cuisine and exposing my taste palate to new and exciting things as much as the next person, but its something about french fries that rocks all of my socks.
Legend has it that the Belgians began frying thin strips of potatoes somewhere between the 17th and 18th centuries. During this era, it was common for a Belgian person to have small fried fish as staples in their everyday dining. However, in times where their water sources, such as ponds or lakes froze too thick, they decided to use potatoes instead.
Today, you can find french fries on the menu of the most classiest of restaurants, and of course at your local fast food place. Here in the U.S., ketchup is the main choice of condiment to go along with these fried morsels, but oddly enough, in Europe mayonnaise is what people grab first! Now this takes the cake: the Belgians usually serve them with a raw egg on top. Once the fries are taken out of the hot oil, an egg is cracked on top and ends up over-easy. In recent years, the sweet potato has emerged on the scene as a “healthier” option in place of the usual white potato. I like my sweet potato fries with cinnamon and sugar 🙂
Of course I’m really hungry after writing this post…I think I’ll go get some…you guessed it. FRENCH FRIES.