how to make french fries look like grown-up food

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We’re celebrating National French Fry Day the only way we know how: by consuming them in unmentionably large proportions. But, for a side dish that is so commonly likened to a go-to kids’ option, it’s no secret that it could use a little makeover, if you will. Here, three easy steps to take the standard plate of french fries to completely new heights. See for yourself!

step one: a picture-perfect presentation

When it comes down to the basics, the presentation of a dish ultimately sets the tone for how it’s perceived and eventually consumed. In effort to avoid serving up a dish that resembles a juvenile one, consider the method and manner in which it will be served. Bonus points for creativity!

Something as simple as laying out a piece of parchment on top of the plate can help achieve a more clean look.

A copper measuring cup keeps proportions manageable, while providing a chic vessel with which to serve with. Note the sprigs of thyme sprinkled in for a hint of contrast and a refreshing touch of flavor.

No one likes greasy hands, especially at a dinner party. Serve french fries with mini picks or forks to avoid the mess.

step two: top it off

Toppings make for effortlessly simple methods for elevating just about any dish. The more developed they are in flavor and variety, the better! As a result of the high fat content of french fries, opting for more salty and savory toppings is key.

Psst! Try and steer clear of the more “loaded” topping variety, to avoid soggy fries that have a nacho effect.

Come summer when herbs are aplenty, finding a fresh bunch should be no problem. Pair french fries with herbs such as rosemary, thyme, or sage, for an elevated burst of flavor. Garnish with freshly shredded cheese such as parmesan or pecorino, or sea salt.

Cheese makes everything better, wouldn’t you agree? Try out these parmesan rosemary baked fries!

Get the recipe for these Greek Feta Fries with Roasted Garlic Saffron Aioli here!

step three: let’s get saucy

Who can argue with the sheer bliss that is french fries dipped in a good sauce? Ketchup, barbecue, and ranch might be a go-tos, but we are all for expanding our breadth of condiments, especially if this entails a good au jus or sauce.

Serve the fries with a side of aioli and mini cornichons for a refreshing palette cleanser between bites.

Opt for something baked versus deep-fried, for a more guilt-free indulgence with these Crispy Baked Fries with Garlic Rosemary Aioli.

Happy National French Fry Day!

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Anna Kocharian


Anna has a penchant for travel, fresh flowers, and books. You can usually find her on some sort of culinary adventure, seeking the best burgers or waffles in the city.