According to legend, the humble french fry traces its origins to 1680 in Belgium, and popularity soared from there. Over the past two decades, the United States has steadily used over 120 million potato hundredweights (cwt) annually with the familiar french fry cut. Each cwt represents 100 pounds of potatoes, which calculates to over 12 million pounds of french fries a year!
Part of what makes french fries popular is their versatility — try out some of these french fry cut potato recipes for a delicious treat.
Make this ‘Burgher staple tonight with our convenient fresh-cut french fries and this recipe inspired by a nextPittsburgh.com recipe collection.
Prepare 1 pound of french fries according to the directions and your favorite method. As the fries cook, assemble your salads. A traditional Pittsburgh salad includes greens, cucumber, grape tomatoes, and, frequently, hard-boiled eggs.
Top each salad with your choice of protein. Some delicious options include cajun-seasoned chicken breast and medium-rare New York strip. Finally, add the prepared fries and top it all with grated cheddar cheese and a dressing that pairs with your protein.
Toss 1 pound of french fries with 1 tablespoon of oil and 2 teaspoons of cajun seasoning. Bake the fries at 350º F for 20 to 25 minutes until they start to brown. While the fries are cooking, thinly slice 2 jalapeños, seeding them if desired. Remove the fries from the oven and top them with 1 cup of prepared pulled pork, then return them to the oven to warm through. Drizzle the hot fries and pork with bleu cheese dressing and spicy ketchup or barbecue sauce before topping with sliced jalapeños.
Add this French Canadian comfort dish adapted from the Food Network to your menu.
Prepare 1 pound of french fries with your method of choice. You can make gravy while the fries cook by melting 2 tablespoons of butter in a pan. Next, add a clove of minced garlic and a generous pinch of dried thyme. Saute for 1 to 2 minutes before whisking in 2 tablespoons of flour.
Allow the flour to toast for 2 minutes before slowly adding 1 cup of beef broth and 1 ½ tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce. Bring the gravy to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until thickened — about 3 minutes. Pour the gravy over cooked fries and add 8 ounces of cheese curds. Bake the mixture in the oven until the cheese softens before serving immediately.
Combine two favorite foods — homemade french fries and pizza — for a family-friendly meal adapted from the Food Network.
Bake 1 pound of french fries in a large skillet or casserole dish coated with nonstick spray. While cooking the french fries, combine ¾ cup of pizza sauce with 1 tablespoon of parmesan cheese.
Once the fries are done, top them with 1 ½ cups of shredded mozzarella cheese and the pizza sauce. Add another ½ cup of mozzarella and sliced pepperoni and return to the oven until the cheese melts. Sprinkle more parmesan or crushed red pepper over the top before serving, if desired.
Take on another classic duo with this recipe inspired by The Country Cook.
Preheat the oven to 350º and brown 1 pound of ground beef with ½ a chopped medium onion and a clove of minced garlic. Stir the mix frequently to break the meat into crumbles. Once browned, drain off excess fat.
Add the mix to a large oven-safe skillet or casserole dish sprayed with nonstick spray. Season it lightly with salt and pepper. Mix 3 eggs with ½ cup of milk and ½ cup of mayonnaise, then pour the mixture over the beef and top it with 1 cup of shredded cheese. Add 1 pound of frozen french fries to the top, seasoning again with salt and pepper.
Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes before removing the casserole from the oven and turning on the broiler. Top with the remaining cheese before returning the dish to the oven until the cheese melts and the fries are crispy. You can serve the casserole with your favorite burger toppings. Ideas include:
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