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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.

Beer and French Fry Pairings
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.

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 flavor will cut through the fattiness of the frying and the oils while rich beers will speak to the earthy texture.

 

French Fry and Beer Pairing Guidelines
Classic Fries : American or Euro Pale Lager
Beer-Battered Fries : Pilsener
Fries + Gravy = Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Poutine = Brown Ale
Spicy Fries : IPA

 

Serving of fries
Image by: Stephanie McCabe on Unsplash

 

Making The Best Fries

The Main Ingredient

Most people use potatoes because spuds with their natural sweetness fry up perfectly. Try using different types of potatoes and even sweet potatoes for a change of pace. If you want to go a little healthier and use less oil you can also try baking them in the oven. If you coat them with oil they should still come out delicious and crispy.

The Cut

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. There is also a thicker cut called steak fries.

The Spice

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 recipe to your tastes.

The Condiment

You can go the usual route with ketchup, vinegar or mayo, but you can also try ranch dressing, BBQ sauce, honey mustard or a cheese dipping sauce for a little change.

 

What goes great with fries?
A Beer Float! Here are 9 great ideas.

 

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