Crisp. Golden. Cooked to perfection. Lightly salted. We’re talking about Fuel Shack french fries, of course. They’re a staple on the Fuel Shack menu, and just about any restaurant that serves burgers, steak and other beef products.
One of the best things about french fries is that they are served very close to the way they come out of the ground with very little processing.
There’s no denying that french fries are awesome. But did you know they’ve been awesome for over 150 years? In fact, the first mention of “French Fried Potatoes” occurred in print as far back as 1856 in a cook book that described the recipe for the tasty dish as follows:
“Cut new potatoes in thin slices, put them in boiling fat, and add a little salt; fry both sides of a light golden brown colour; drain”
They’ve been served as street food for even longer!
Boiling Fat? Be glad you live in the year 2016.
But really, fried in boiling fat? Looks like the French did the best with what they had at the time. The dish was so popular that U.S. President Thomas Jefferson served french fries to guests at a White house dinner back in 1802. And, while we’re certain they were just as delicious back then (maybe?) our steadfast fried potatoes have come a long way since then.
We’ve talked before about the origins of the hamburger. Of course, the menu item is so popular around the world that many places have claimed the burger as their own original invention. The USA is no exception. As a country that knows its way around some meat – including the burger – it’s made the claim to be the birthplace of the burger as early as 1900 in a place called Louis’ Diner in the shoreline city of New Haven.
When you were younger, you were probably introduced to one of the “big” burger brands from the western world. Maybe their mascot wore a crown, or maybe it was a scary clown and his gang. Either way, you went, you ate, you didn’t question it because, at the time, a burger was a burger and you may, or may not, have received a toy with your “meal” as well..
Somewhere along the way, you grew up and started (maybe) trying to make healthier choices in your life. You, might not have changed brands, but you bought into their new “healthy” menu offerings – so you had the salad, the veggie burger, avoided fried foods at all costs – and went on thinking you were doing a good thing by missing out on all the delicious evil that lurked in every burger.
And you realized that life was boring because, after all, there’s no way that healthy food can be good too, right? You’ve maintained your “healthy” sensibilities and while your friends enjoy their fries, you’ll enjoy – whatever it is that you enjoy. Because that’s the prudent thing to do, right?