In French, 'frite' is used to denote the process of deep frying a food, but in America when we say 'fried' it can mean anything from pan frying to sautéing or even full out deep frying. So by adding the word French before our fry it denotes what type of fried potato product we're actually talking about. Skinny and deep fried vs. fat and pan fried.
Who knew the potato was so complicated? All we know is that they're extra tasty! If all this talk of crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside potatoes has given you a hankering, try out one of these recipes and make some tonight!
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