National French fry day
July 13th, 2012
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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!

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  1. Lais

    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.

    December 25, 2012 at 9:50 am |
  2. SekemetKali

    Didn't even know there was a National French Fries Day. Thank Goddess Friday Anyway.

    December 14, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
  3. Telengard

    What are "French Fries?" I only know of "Freedom Fries."

    July 15, 2012 at 8:08 am |
  4. Wastrel

    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.

    July 14, 2012 at 10:29 am |
  5. John

    National Pie Day, Burger Day, Fry woner you Americans are all obese

    July 13, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Only from the belt down.

      July 13, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
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      July 13, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
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        July 13, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
    • VladT

      I "woner" why most people who insult can't type

      July 14, 2012 at 10:12 am |
      • John

        You forgot to put a period at the end of your sentance.

        July 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
        • Truth™@John

          You spelled "sentence" incorrectly.

          July 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  6. Heywood Jablome

    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

    July 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • Steves

      I wish you'd curl up and choke, but we can't have everything.

      July 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • Truth™@ Heywood Jagobleuurselph

      What is a culprate?
      Is it anything like a culprit?

      July 13, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • Nick

      You're confusing lard with sugar

      July 14, 2012 at 6:20 am |
  7. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫ @ Kat


    July 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Whoops. Not @ anyone in particular.

      July 13, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Fredrick

      Would you like an apple pie with that?

      July 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

        Glad to see someone caught it.

        July 13, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
  8. SoundCk2MyLife

    Reblogged this on Sound Check 2 My Life and commented:
    Make that sweet potato and it's so on!

    July 13, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • Bob

      How insightful! Can't wait to check out your amazing site.

      July 13, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
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