French fries have numerous variants: from "thick-cut fries" to "shoestring fries", "jojo fries", "crinkle fries", "curly fries" and many other names. They can also be coated with breading and spices, which include garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, paprika and salt to create "seasoned fries", or cut thickly with the skin left on to create potato wedges, or without the skin to create "steak fries", essentially the American equivalent of the British "chip". Sometimes, French fries are cooked in the oven as a final step in the preparation (having been coated with oil during preparation at the factory): these are often sold frozen and are called "oven fries" or "oven chips".
Poutine: In Canada, French fries are the main component of a dish called 'poutine': a mixture of French fries with fresh cheese curds (sometimes rasped cheese), covered with a hot gravy (usually), hot chicken sauce (much less common), or chicken BBQ sauce (rarely). This dish was invented in rural Quebec in the late 1950s and is now popular in many parts of the country and is served at many chains. Several Québécois communities claim to be the birthplace of poutine. (A similar variant, 'disco fries' is found in several New England cities.)
Newfie Fries: In Newfoundland, "chips, dressing and gravy" (referred to by outsiders as "Newfie fries" ) comprise French fries topped with "dressing" (turkey stuffing made with summer savoury) and gravy. Another variation consists of topping the French Fries with either ground beef, hot dogs, dressing and cheese and topped with gravy.
Disco fries also known as "Elvis Fries" , served in New Jersey and select New York City diners, are made with brown gravy, mozzarella, and heavier steak fries. Elsewhere in the greater New York City area and Long Island, diners serve "cheese fries", using either American (processed) cheese or mozzarella.
Carne asada fries (aka carne-fries) are a local specialty found primarily in San Diego, California, but are also found on the menus of Mexican restaurants throughout the southern part of the state. Recently, Carne asada fries have begun appearing in restaurants which serve "authentic" Mexican food in other states. The dish is made of a base layer of french fries covered with carne asada. Most restaurants serving this dish also include cheese, guacamole, and sour cream; some are even known to include pico de gallo and lettuce. *Carne asada is "roasted meat", mainly consists of pieces or thin cuts of beef (e.g. flank steak, skirt steak), sometimes marinated, sometimes lightly salted or rubbed with salt, pepper and/or spices, and then grilled. photo resource
Steak Fries: Steak fries are thicker-cut fries, often with the skins intact (they are also sometimes known as Texas[-style] fries in this form). They are often coated with spices or marinaded before cooking. They may be fried or baked in the oven.
Patatje Oorlog: Another interesting combination is Patatje Oorlog (Dutch for: French Fries War), which is French fries with a variety of sauces, a variety that differs from region to region, and even from one snackbar to another. While it sometimes means mayonnaise (or rather, fritessaus, or fries sauce), peanut sauce and chopped raw onions, in other places it means the fries are accompanied with all condiments available. Dutch snackbars typically offer at least eight condiments or combinations of them (the condiments are never free in Dutch snackbars), but some serve up to forty different styles.
Cheese Fries: Fries are sometimes coated with melted cheese. This can be in combination with chili, making chili cheese fries. A staple at many sports bars is fries with bleu cheese dressing as a dip, or sometimes ranch dressing. Variations of cheese fries include fries covered with Cheez Whiz, mozzarella, Swiss cheese, garlic or cheese with garlic mayonnaise. (sometimes, bacon, jalapenos and chives.
Chili Cheese Fries: Chili cheese fries have chili con carne and cheese topping the fries-
Boardwalk Fries: Establishments in the Mid-Atlantic States often put Old Bay Seasoning on fries or provide Old Bay and malt vinegar as condiments. These are sometimes referred to as "boardwalk fries".
Home fries or cottage fries: are a type of basic potato dish made by pan or skillet frying diced, chunked, wedged or sliced potatoes (sometimes unpeeled) that have been par-cooked by boiling, baking, steaming, or microwaving. Generally, these are exactly the same as one's typical french fry. Home fries are also made as the name suggests as a simple homemade potato dish, that can be made even by people with modest cooking skills as a meal or a snack. The frying is typically done in vegetable oil or butter.
Potatoes O'Brien: is fried potatoes (home fries/cottage fries) along with green and red bell peppers. (somemtimes chopped onions) The potatoes and the bell peppers are fried (varying according to taste) and are served hot. The frying is typically done in vegetable oil or butter. This dish was invented in a Manhattan restaurant known as John's in the early 1900s.
Lyonnaise Potatoes: is a French dish of sliced pan fried potatoes and thinly sliced onions, sautéed in butter with parsley and possibly other seasonings. "Lyonnaise" means "from Lyon", or "Lyon-style", after the French city of Lyon. The potatoes are par-cooked before sautéeing for the best results.
Curly fries: are a kind of french fry characterized by their unique spring-like shape. They are generally made from whole potatoes that are cut using a specialised spiral slicer.
Curly fries can be found across the globe. Sometimes they are packaged for preparation at home, often in frozen packs. They can also be found at a number of restaurants and fast food outlets. They are most often served with cups of dipping cheese; although other condiments, such as ketchup, or sweet chili sauce and sour cream, may be served with curly fries.
Waffle fries: are french fries that are cut into a criss-cross pattern before frying. They are generally made from whole potatoes that are cut using a specialised waffle shape slicer.
They are the only type of french fries sold at Chik Fil A, Krystal and Carl's Jr..
Potato wedges In some regions of the United States, potato wedges are known as jojos (or a regional variant, i.e. "tater babies"). (or simply wedges) are a variation of the ubiquitous french fry. As its name suggests, they are large, often unpeeled wedge shaped chunks of potato that are either baked or (more commonly) fried. They may be seasoned with salt, pepper and spices prior to frying, to give a crispy flavoured 'skin'.
Potato wedges are popular snack foods in pubs and bars, typically served with condiments such as sour cream, sweet chilli sauce, brown sauce and ketchup. Other condiments that may be eaten with potato wedges include barbecue sauce, mayonnaise, ranch dressing and gravy. Potato wedges may also be served alongside roast meats. They are served at most KFC restaurants as an optional side dish.
In Australia, Potato wedges are commonly eaten with sweet chilli sauce and sour cream. Chips are sometimes eaten with tomato sauce (not to be confused with the sweeter and thicker ketchup which is popular in the United States), but most often with salt and most shops offer a choice of plain or chicken salt (seasoned salt). When served at a chip shop, where a thicker cut of chip is traditionally served, vinegar is also offered as a traditional accompaniment.
sweet potato fries: Sweet potato fries or chips are another common preparation of the sweet potato, the most common being sweet potato pie, sweet potato butter, baked sweet potatoes, and candied sweet potatoes- sweet potato fries are made by julienning and deep frying sweet potatoes, in the fashion of French fried potatoes.
shoestring fries: Very very thin cut (julienned ) potatoes deep fried to be crispy!
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Tater Tots, also known as "Tots", is a side-dish made from deep-fried, grated potatoes. Tater Tots are widely recognized for their crispiness, cylindrical shape and small size. Tater Tots are commonly found in the U.S. in cafeterias and school lunch-counters, as well as the supermarket frozen food aisle and some fast food restaurants. In Australia, they are known as "potato gems" or "potato pom-poms" (also used in New Zealand).
Italian French Fries: Italian french fries are fries seasoned with parmesan cheese, italian seasonings and salt as soon as it's pulled out of the fryer-
French fries are almost always salted just after cooking. They are then served with a variety of condiments, notably ketchup, curry, curry ketchup (mildly hot mix of the former), hot or chili sauce, mustard, mayonnaise, bearnaise sauce, tartar sauce, tzatziki, feta cheese, garlic sauce, fry sauce, ranch dressing, barbecue sauce, gravy, brown sauce, vinegar (especially malt vinegar), lemon, piccalilli, pickled cucumber, gherkins, very small pickled onions,poutine (especially Canada) or honey.
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