CANADIAN POUTINE FRIES
FRENCH FRIES A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY
They were invented in Belgium, in its French country area, back in the beginning of the 18th century.
Since then, selling french fries in Belgium has been considered very profitable and it is the most popular street food. I compare this tradition to the Mexican one: eating tacos in the street.
The word ‘french’ stands for the special way of cutting the potatoes.
BELGIAN FRIES WITH SPICY GARLIC AND ROSEMARY
BELGIANS WAY TO COOK THEM:
French fries should be thick ( for taste and health) and fried twice: first time at 175 C for about 7 minutes.
Then the fries should be cooled (best way is 15 minutes in the freezer under a towel.
A second frying is at 190 C for 1 to 3 minutes. The temperature shock makes them really crispy. Make sure not using canola oil. olive oil, or any vegetable oil.
NOTE; Coconut oil is the only oil not changing its chemical structure under the mentioned temperature.
LOADED POTATO WEDGES
Origin: it has been attributed to both countries: France and Belgium, but way earlier than the first version. This one goes back as far as to the 1600’s.
Potatoes became popular in Northern Europe, because they did not require all the milling, grinding, relatively long cooking and other preparation that grain required.
Some people say that the French style of cutting potatoes is to cut in half long ways and then long ways again, to prepare for dicing into cubes for soups and stocks.
Sometimes they leave vegetables long ways, which is known as “julienne”. Long and finely cut, this would reduce the cooking time and make them easier to eat.
FRENCH FRIES NACHOS