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.