5 Recipes for a Delicious National French Fry Day

updated Jul 30, 2019
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We sure hope you haven’t forgotten one of the most important days of the year. Yep, it’s National French Fry Day! And unlike some other holidays, you don’t have to stress about last-minute shopping or overlooking anyone on your gift list. For the perfect National French Fry Day celebration you just need some Idaho® potatoes, one of our fave recipes, and a hearty appetite for the world’s most “spudtacular” food. (Okay, we apologize for using the world “spudtacular” — that took things too far.)

So why Idaho® potatoes? Because Idaho has ideal conditions for potatoes —warm days and cool nights during the growing season, mountain-fed irrigation, and rich volcanic soil — which combine to give these spuds their unique taste and texture. Just make sure that your potatoes are marked as “Idaho® potatoes” or have the “Grown in Idaho®” seal, which features the state’s attractive silhouette.

Baking, grilling, and air-frying are all easy and healthy ways to prepare french fries at home. Those french fries with lime and cilantro pictured above, made with four ingredients in four steps, are just one way to celebrate National French Fry Day. Here are four other spins for your spuds.

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French Fries with Greek Salad and Tzatziki Sauce
Idaho® potatoes are versatile enough to pair with almost any topping or seasoning, and this Mediterranean-inspired recipe proves it. Two Idaho® potatoes are dressed up with in-season cherry tomatoes, cubed feta cheese, sliced cucumbers, and Kalamata olives, and served with a side of tangy tzatziki sauce.

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Grilled Crispy Potato Wedges
Alright, these beauties are technically potato wedges and not french fries, but we can let that slide. These start out in the oven — or even in the microwave — before being finished on the grill, which leaves them crisp on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. While the grill’s hot, you might as well fix a burger or two to go with a plate of these wedges.

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Chili-Roasted Potatoes with Avocado Crema
Although the russet is the most well-known potato grown in Idaho, more than 25 other potato varieties call the state home too, including red potatoes, fingerlings, and Yukon Golds, which are the star of this chili-roasted show. We advise not starting the avocado crema until the fries are almost done — otherwise, it’s waaaytoo tempting to eat by itself.

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Air Fryer Curly Fries with Bacon Chive Dip
If you need an excuse to pull that air fryer out of the cabinet, words like “curly fries” and “bacon chive dip” should do it. These crispy fries only take 15 minutes to cook, and the Greek yogurt that didn’t go into the tzatziki sauce can go into this dip. See? We told you that you’d want to celebrate National French Fry Day all summer!

However you dress your spuds — even if it’s just good ol’ ketchup — don’t let this important holiday go by without its due celebration. And don’t let anyone say you can’t celebrate National French Fry Day on any other day of the year, either.

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