Homemade and hand cut Belgian Fries/Chips
Ask any Belgian and they’ll tell you that fries were first ‘invented’ in Belgium, and not in France, unlike what they might have you thinking by calling it ‘French fries’. There might not be any evidence proving which country came up with it, so all I can do is tell you about our side of the story and let you in on our secret of how to make the perfect fries.
The first fries
“According to local Belgian legends, poor villagers living in Meuse Valley often ate small fried fish they caught in the river. During the winter months the river would freeze over, thus making fishing impossible and forcing the villagers to find other sources of food. The villagers turned to potatoes and sliced them up like small fish and fried them instead. And there you have it, the first fries were created! Now why is it called French fries in English? Well, American soldiers stationed in Belgium during World War I were first introduced to Belgian fries. But since the official language of the Belgian army was French, soldiers nicknamed the delicious fried potatoes “french fries”, as they simply thought they were in France.”
Unfortunately for us Belgians, the name stuck, but there can be no doubt about it: fries are big part of our culinary and cultural heritage. As the number one national snack you’ll pretty much see fries everywhere in Belgium. They are usually part of our biggest national dishes like beef & beer stew or steak with fries, but you can also go to one of our many many MANY ‘Frietkoten’ or ‘Frituren’, which can either be a traditional restaurant, take-away place, food truck or a stall on the side of the road where you can buy all sorts of fried snacks: fries, hamburgers, and fried chicken will be the most known to foreigners but we also have a big selection of other fried meats to go along with our delicious fries. To top it off you can pick one of our sauces to go on top of the fries: mayonnaise, ketchup, tartar sauce, curry ketchup, samurai sauce, .. To sum it up: You’re in fry heaven when you visit Belgium! And yes, we even have a museum dedicated to our fries, which you can visit in Bruges.
Now enough about history, let’s get frying!
PS: Also check out one of our national dishes: beef & beer stew, which is usually served with fries.
|1kg high starch potatoes Not a lot of ingredients, right? You might only need just one ingredient but it's very important you pick the right kind of potatoes. In Belgium we actually have a special kind of potato, perfectly suited for fries: Bintjes, but you won't be able to find these abroad, unless you live in the Netherlands. If you live anywhere else, simply go for high starch or 'floury' potatoes, like Russett potatoes for example and do NOT go for hard boiling potatoes.|