french fries


Potatoes that have been cut into thick to thin strips, soaked in cold water, blotted dry, then deep-fried until crisp and golden brown. They are called pommes frites in France and chips in Britain. The name does not come from the fact that their origin is French, but because the potatoes are "frenched"—cut into lengthwise strips. Other versions of french-fried potatoes are shoestring potatoes (matchstick-wide) and steak fries (very thick strips).

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

Keep Reading

Next Up

French Fries Costume

The wardrobe whiz from Good Eats with Alton Brown dreams up Halloween costumes for little food lovers.

Frozen French Fries: Good or Bad?

Think a box of frozen French fries are a healthyoption? We’ll fill you in on the pros and cons, plus give you a homemade alternative.

How to Turn Frozen French Fries into a Soothing Soup

Get this week's recipe in Food Network's Chopped Dinner Challenge.

Kim Kardashian Has a Weakness for French Fries

The reality TV star was spotted making a McDonald's run in Tokyo.

The Pioneer Woman's French Fries — Most Popular Pin of the Week

If The Pioneer Woman deems these golden fries featured in Food Network Magazine "perfect," we're quick to trust her.