Have you ever met someone who doesn’t love French fries? French fries are seriously delicious! Picture them, golden and crispy, salted to perfection. Dip them in ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, or spray them with vinegar like there’s no-one watching. However you enjoy your french fries, gobble them up this July 13th, because it is National French Fry Day!
Finally! A day you can eat carbs without feeling the slightest bit of guilt. If you still feel guilty, however, which you shouldn’t, sweet potato fries are crispy and delicious, too!
So, what goes great with French fries? What doesn’t go great with French fries? But it is true though some things go better than others, so let’s consider some of the top suggestions and trends.
You may be surprised, but chocolate ice cream is at the top of the list. Specifically, a Wendy’s Frosty. If you have not dipped a beautiful salty French fry into a Wendy’s chocolate Frosty, then you are missing out. There is just something magical about the combination of sweet and salty. It is the same concept as dark chocolate with sea salt.
At lunchtime, however, we don’t recommend anything cold with your french fries. It is not appealing, for example, to eat a cold sandwich with hot fries, so hot food is the ticket. But preferably, hot food you can eat with your hands.
You have your basics – hamburgers, hotdogs, bratwurst – but there are definitely more options. How about pigs in a blanket? All you need are crescent rolls and those tiny little-smoked sausages. You wrap up the sausages in crescent roll pieces and bake at 350º until the crescent rolls are fluffy and golden brown on top. And don’t worry, if you just have regular hot dogs, that works too.
If meat is not up your alley, fill the crescent rools with mozzerella cheese sticks. They are divine!
You can also go with a classic Po’ Boy sandwich. This sandwich is a New Orleans favorite and they aren’t hard to make! The first thing you need is some fried seafood. Clams probably work the best, but scallops, shrimp, oysters, and calamari are also great. It is served on French Bread, sliced, like a baguette cut in half. You can add lettuce, tomatoes, and onion. Be as imaginative as you like.
Aioli sauce, like what you dip crab cakes in, is perfect on this sandwich, but if you want to go mild you can always just add mayonnaise. But, if you do want to go spicy, sprinkle some Cajun seasoning on the fried seafood before you bake it.
Bonus, if you don’t like meat, then you can bread some broccoli and fry it up and use it in place of the seafood.
But we can’t forget dinner. Dinner is a fun time to have some more “grown-up” French fries if you will. A delicious way to eat fries without frying them is to bake them. Potatoes are a staple in many households for dinner and frying them all the time is not the healthiest option.
Try and Italian French Fry. Slice Your Potatoes fairly thin. Then toss them in olive oil and sprinkle them in Italian Seasoning and Garlic salt. Bake them at 375º for about 40 minutes. You should check around 30 minutes, because how thin you slice them depends on how long they cook for. Instead of ketchup, try dipping these in a warm marinara sauce or a warm garlic sauce.
If you want to try Sweet Potato Fries, you can bake them the exact same way as the Italian Fries. However, the sweet potato fries go really well mixed with canned chicken, flaked well, before cooking. It makes a nice little meal that you can pair with a yummy green salad.
If you want to perk up National French Fry Day, try making some of your own dipping sauces. One of the ultimate French fry dipping sauces is Sriracha Mayo. Yep, it is just how it sounds, you mix mayonnaise with siracha sauce. Add a little of the sriracha until you get the heat that you desire. It is so good! How about adding some buffalo or hot sauce to your ranch salad dressing. Again, the hot stuff goes in slowly so you get the heat you are looking for.
Honey is great mixed into either hot sauce or barbeque sauce. Do you have any Grey Poupon? Grey Poupon or any spicy brown mustard is utterly exquisite on the end of a perfect French Fry.
When it comes to dessert, you can cover your French fries with chocolate ice cream, but there is another option and your kids will love it! S’mores Fries!
Take your cooked fries, sprinkle them in marshmallows and chocolate, and melt in the microwave (like making nachos). It is a fun treat to bring National French Fry day to a close.
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