It’s potato season, and who doesn’t love a potato in at least one of its various forms. The potato is a mighty vegetable that can be roasted, fried, baked, boiled and cooked in many other forms that we probably don’t even know about. But none are quite as humble as fries ( or chips as we call them in England).
Potato fries are the nation’s favourite food. In-fact, if you visit a British supermarket, you’ll see a whole frozen aisle dedicated to them. But today we aren’t here to talk about the potato itself, and instead how we season potatoes. Obviously salt is a must when it comes to topping your fries, but I want to give you an insight into other herbs and spices that will bring a whole new flavour to your fries.
This is a favourite in Greece and if you’ve ever had gyros then you’ll know exactly what i’m talking about. Oregano is often used on pizza, pasta and various meat dishes, but works just as well, if not better, on fries.
There are several variations of oregano, with Greek and Italian being the most popular. If you want to make true, authentic Greek fries then source your Greek oregano from the supermarket or specialist herbal shops. It doesn’t matter whether you choose fresh or dried, as long as you put plenty on.
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If you are British you will probably be more than familiar with rosemary on your roast potatoes. So, why not mix things up a bit and throw it on your fries, too?
Rosemary is a woody, fragrant herb that can be found dried on the shelves of most supermarkets. Try sprinkling on your fries once cooked, or for a more potent flavour, add a spring or two of rosemary when part boiling your fries before oven cooking. Rosemary fries are the perfect complement to any lamb dish.
Seaweed salt and I became acquainted back in 2017 on a weekend trip to Brussels. Doing what most of us do, scouring the streets for the best local food, we came across a fish and chip shop selling daily caught fish with, you guessed it, seaweed salt fries.
This changed the whole salt game for me within the first bite. Seaweed is naturally very salty, but at this point I’d never considered seaweed salt to be a thing. But I’m so glad it is. Seaweed salt is full of minerals and therefore has a much stronger taste than most table salts. Sprinkling this on your fries may offer a subtle umami taste that goes extremely well with Asian dishes.
Cheesy chips? Yes, please! Cheese on fries comes in various forms in different countries, Poutine in Canada and chips cheese and gravy in the North of England. Parmesan on fries is probably one of the most refined versions though.
In Italy, it is common to pour parmesan on most things, so why not include fries on that list? As potatoes have a subtle taste, parmesan can really hit you with a burst of flavour to bring new life to the dish.
Garlic & mixed herbs
Garlic should be used on pretty much everything, and fries are no exception.
You can chop fresh garlic and cook it with the fries or sprinkle garlic granules once cooked, but you should definitely add garlic. And just to give it that extra hit of flavour, add mixed herbs to your fries for a truly Mediterranean taste.
Fries don’t have to be boring. Sure you can use table salt and pepper, but why stop there? There is a whole world of herbs and spices that are waiting to be sprinkled on your potatoes. Now you’ve got some insight into things that work, it’s time to experiment.