This recipe happened because my favorite cooking reference, Google, totally failed me. It was Halloween and I was inspired. Pumpkin chili was on the menu. One of our children was a vegetarian and it seemed like a wonderful, hearty solution. But I had no recipe and Google was no help. I even looked through actual cookbooks. Every version I found contained meat, pumpkin puree, or both. My vision was a meat-free dish with chunks of pumpkin. Goshdarnit, the pumpkin chili was happening, recipe or not. I decided to wing it.
I don't know about you, but we are unapologetic French fry devotees in my house. From Five Guys to frozen, it doesn't matter because we love them all! In fact we are willing to try just about any recipe in our attempt to achieve the ultimate fry. But considering how much attention we give to the actual spud, perhaps it was time to come up with a few equally perfect pairings. Three to be exact.