If you’re in the mood for a tasty treat to eat, you’re in luck. Not only is July 13 National Bean ‘n’ Franks Day, it’s also National French Fries Day, also referred to as National French Fry Day. Whether you prefer yours plain Jane, nice and salty, hot and spicy, or dipped in ketchup, mustard, mayo vinegar or ranch dressing, why not indulge in a little fried potato deliciousness in honor of the annual food holiday?
Did you know people have been enjoying the deep-fried potato strips for centuries? While the actual “inventor” is up for debate, fries are believed to date back to the 17th century. While “traditional” fries are thin strips of potatoes deep-fried in oil and sprinkled with salt, today’s fries are available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and flavors. If you happen to be a French fries fan, and who isn't, Americans love fries no matter how you slice them! Whether you prefer yours thin and crispy, curly or thick, Americans eat about 29 pounds of fries annually.
Our Canadian neighbors are famous for a fry dish – poutine. Traditionally made with fries, cheese curds and smothered in gravy, legend has it this delish dish was “invented” in Quebec back in the 1950s. They are so popular, McDonald’s even sells them in Canada. Now you really can have your curds your own "way!"
In honor of National French Fry Day, why not whip up one or two of the delish dishes below?
French Fries & Poutine Recipes
Perfect French Fries – The Pioneer Woman knows just how to make perfect fries. Perfect!
Homemade Crispy French Fries – Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. This popular recipe calls for russet potatoes, all-purpose flour, garlic and onion salt, paprika and vegetable oil.
Buffalo Bleu Cheese Fries – If you love bleu cheese, you'll love this recipe from The Daily Meal. You’ll need frozen French fries, buffalo sauce, bleu cheese dressing and crumbled blue cheese for this recipe.
Eggs Benedict Fries Recipe – Dress up those boring eggs at breakfast with a little French fries delight.
Nacho French Fries – These “nac-ho” fries – they’re mine! You’ll need ground beef, salsa, frozen French fries, sour cream, Tostitos Con Queso Cheese Dip, green onions and taco seasoning mix for this tasty recipe.
Cheeseburger Fries – Now you can have your burger and fries in one dish.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipes – If you haven’t tried them, here’s your chance! Who says you have to use traditional potatoes to make delicious fries? Check out this tasty recipe from Inspired Taste.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries – “These sweet potato fries will change your life.” ‘Nuff said!
Brisket Poutine - This dish calls for heavy cream, half and half, milk, onion, garlic, nutmeg, bayleaf, white cheddar cheese, russet potatoes, vinegar, chicken stock, paprika, mustard seeds, celery salt and five pounds brisket. Mon dieu!
Poutine Dogs - How about some fries with your dawg? This recipe calls for russet potatoes, beef gravy, beer brats, cheese curds, whole grain baguette and scallions.
Vegetarian Poutine – This meat-free recipe calls for russet potatoes, olive oil, butter, all-purpose flour, veggie broth and cheese curds.
Classic Gravy Fries – This top-rated Poutine recipe calls for russet potatoes, unsalted butter, flour, garlic, beef stock, ketchup, vinegar, peppercorns, Worcestershire, canola oil and cheese cheese curds. Oh my!
Bon appetit! And speaking of Canada, National Respect Canada Day is coming up, eh!