Belgian fries?! To the rest of the world they are known as ‘French fries’ but they do originate from Belgium. We love our fries. We eat them as a meal on its own or accompanied by different sorts of meats, like a burger. All is served in a take away format with mayonnaise, curry or ketchup on the side. Many people visit the ‘frituur’ (snack house) every week. It’s a treat for children, an easy meal when you’re busy or a favorite snack after a long night of partying. It’s just part of our culture.
I love fries too but I like to make them on my own. Off course you can buy a ‘frietketel’ (frying kettle) to fry your deep fried French fries at home but I’ve noticed that I eat too much of all things fried when I have a ‘frietketel’ to my disposal. So long story short, I like to make my fries from scratch in the oven. Pierre says that they are good but different than the fries from the ‘frituur’. Ok. It’s still potatoes though.
What you’ll need to make your Belgian fries is
- Potatoes. I like mine to be big because I don’t need to peel that much. I’m just lazy like that.
- A splash of olive oil, some paprika powder and salt. That’s it. Don’t worry about the paprika powder, it’s not obligatory.
What to do
- Peel your potatoes and cut them up in fries
2. Put them in boiling water of 2 to 4 minutes
3. Drain and cover with paprika powder, salt and olive oil
4. Spread them out on a baking tray. Use baking paper to make doing the dishes more agreeable afterwards.
5. Put them in a preheated oven set to 200° between 30 and 45’
Enjoy your fries with mayonnaise, veganaise, ketchup or every sauce you like to dip them in!
What is your country’s special dish? Do you like (French) fries? Let me know in the comments!