We’re eating french fries all in the name of National French Fry Day next week! Brett Cronkhite of Bagger Dave’s shows us how they have perfected this side and cook up one of their favorite burgers to go with it!
• French fries may not be French at all. Belgians have said that they invented “pommes frites” (pronounced: pomm freet). In fact, Bruges, Belgium, is home to the Frietmuseum, or Fries Museum.
• French fries were introduced to America in by one of our most beloved presidents. Jefferson was a known lover of potatoes “served in the French fashion,” and served them at a White House dinner in 1802.
• Bagger Dave’s uses a unique proprietary potato to make all of its fresh-cut fries. It enlisted the help of a potato consultant at Michigan State University from the Michigan Potato Commission to help search for a potato that would be consistently light golden in color, with a sweet corn flavor and a creamy taste.
• Think French fries have little nutritional value? Not so! Potatoes are a good source of fiber. And French fries are a source of potassium, which is an important source of energy you need to get through your day.
• Americans’ favorite fry condiment is ketchup, but around the world, top condiments include salt and vinegar (Great Britain), mayonnaise (Belgium), gravy and cheese (Canada), and butter and sugar (Vietnam).
• At Bagger Dave’s, which has nine proprietary dipping sauces (including Honey Sea Salt Cinnamon) for its fries, the most popular are custom-made Buttermilk Ranch and Honey Mustard.
• Americans eat 16 pounds of fries per year, adding up to 2 million tons of fries consumed annually in the U.S.
• The U.S. is the leading supplier of fresh potatoes in the world, and grows an astonishing variety of potatoes, from fingerlings to blue or purple potatoes to gold or white or red-skinned spuds. Within each variety there are still more varieties, each slightly different from the other in terms of texture and flavor and starch content.
• More than 25 percent of all the potatoes harvested in the U.S. are made into French fries.
Prime Rib Recipe Burger
Fresh-Cut Potato Fries
Railhouse Thousand Island®
Cook the burger to your liking, then top with all of the ingredients listed above. Substitute the Bagger Dave’s Railhouse Thousand Island sauce/dressing with any brand of Thousand Island dressing or homemade Thousand Island recipe of your choice.