The Best Beer and French Fry Pairings
It is a known fact that beer goes well with fries. Here are some great pairings as well as some ideas if you need a little twist on the classic.
By Shira Kogut on Jul. 13, 2017
Are French Fries Really French? – The Origin of French Fries
French fries have become fully adopted in North American cuisine, but there is a battle between whether their actual country of origin is Belgium or France. The French say they are the name sake and the term comes from French-fried which was a common way of cooking foods in France (not just potatoes).
On the other hand, Belgians say they are the namesake as the name refers to language and not nationality. They are French speakers and introduced fries to the American soldiers during World War 1.
French Fries & Beer Pairings – So Hoppy Together
You’ll note that many countries where fries are a popular menu item also have a burgeoning beer culture. Coincidence? I think not. It is because they go so well together.
Fries and beer make the perfect pair because the natural sweetness of the potato is enhanced by the malts in the beer. Beers with a crisp flavour will cut through the fattiness of the frying and the oils, while rich beers will speak to the earthy texture.
The Best French Fry & Beer Pairings
Pair Classic Fries with an American or Euro Pale Lager
Pair Beer-Battered Fries with a Pilsener
Pair Fries with Gravy with a Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Pair a Poutine with a Brown Ale
Pair Spicy Fries with an IPA
How To Make The Best Fries
The Main Ingredient – Potatoes
Potatoes! You can try using different types of potatoes (like sweet potatoes, for example) for a change of pace and flavour. If you want to go on the healthier side: use less oil and bake them in the oven. If you coat the french fries with oil, they will still come out with about the same crispiness as if you fried them.
While the batonnet or allumette cut is the most popular and the classic French way the American cousin changes faces and can be found in a variety of cuts from curls/spirals to waffle, crinkle or tornado cut. If you like a thicker cut, go for steak fries.
Variety is the spice of life and while simple fries can be made with just salt, you can also sprinkle on some pepper, cajun spice, cayenne pepper, paprika, oregano, garlic powder or basil. Play around and develop your own fry recipe to your tastes.
You can go the usual route with ketchup, vinegar or mayo, but you can also try ranch dressing, BBQ sauce, hot sauce, honey mustard or a cheese dipping sauce for a little change.
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