Pommes frites (France), vlaamse freieten (Belgium), chips,(UK) or papas fritas (Mexico). Whatever you call them, today is the day to celebrate French Fries! Thomas Jefferson had “potatoes served in the French manner” at a White House dinner in 1802, and since then they have grown into a worldwide phenomenon, becoming an American staple and a must-have side for most fast food. While most would assume the French created this fine cuisine, there is an ongoing dispute between them and the country’s northern neighbor, Belgium. The claim is that the American and British soldiers arriving in Belgium were tasting “Belgian fries,” but called them French, as it was the official language of the Belgian army. Diced, thick-cut, curled, crinkled, waffled, wedged, or covered in sauce, we love them all. There are many places to get your spud on in Lubbock, but we had to make some ourselves. Here is a recipe for West Texas Cheese Fries: Ingredients:
- 2 medium potatoes (2/3 lb total), yukon gold or russet, washed and dried (skin on)
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp cumin
- coarse salt and fresh cracked pepper
- 1 slice center cut bacon, cooked & finely chopped
- 1/3 cup sharp shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 tbsp diced scallions
- 1 tbsp sliced pickled Jalapeno (jarred on canned)
- Preheat the oven to 400°. Line baking sheet with foil for easy clean-up. Lightly coat with cooking spray.
- Cut each potato lengthwise into 1/4 inch thin slices; then cut each slice into 1/4 inch fries.
- In a large bowl, combine cut potatoes and oil; toss well. Add seasoning (paprika to salt and pepper). Toss to coat
- Place potatoes in a single layer on a lightly greased large baking sheet. Bake uncovered for about 25 minutes or until tender crisp, turning once half way through (depending on thickness this may require more or less time).
- Remove from oven, place fries into two small oven safe dishes (or one large dish for sharing), top with cheddar cheese, sliced jalapenos, scallions and bacon bits and return to oven for about 2 minutes, or until the cheese melts. Serve with low fat buttermilk ranch dressing and serve.
We asked some of our fans on Facebook and Twitter who has the best fries in town. Here’s what they had to say (in no particular order).
- Caprock Cafe
- Wing Stop
- Five Guys
- Wild Burger Grill
- Raisin Canes
- 50’s Cafe at Stars & Stripes Drive-In
- Lone Star Grill at Buffalo Springs Lake
To celebrate National French Fry Day, share some French fries with friends, and try this recipe or have them seasoned, cut and shaped anyway you like!