Belgium’s Best: ‘Healthy Belgian Fries’
The roots of the original GreenPan ceramic-coated pans lie in Belgium, that small European country renowned for its big breakthroughs and its exquisite cuisine.
What better way to get to know the ‘land of the good life’ than by going on a culinary tour?
Today’s specialty: ‘Healthy Belgian Fries’
Whatever the French say, there is nothing French about fries! Apparently the name ‘French fries’ originated due to a linguistic misunderstanding, because in Old English ‘to french’ meant ‘to cut into sticks’. But fries, chips or frites – whatever you call them – are part of our Belgian cultural and culinary heritage.
Traditionally, Belgian fries are cooked twice in boiling fat and served in a paper cone with a small fork and mayonnaise. You can enjoy them at home, in a restaurant of right off the street, at a ‘frietkot’ or ‘friture’. There is a ‘frietkot’ on nearly every street corner in Belgium, so be sure to put it on your list of things to do in Belgium!
Not fond of fat and fried foods? The recipe below shows you that Belgian fries easily fit into your plan to live a healthy life. Enjoy these pan fries as part of lunch or dinner, or eat on their own as a delicious low-fat snack.
Serves 4 (30 minutes)
- 6 unpeeled, waxy potatoes (e.g. Roseval, Belle de Fontenay, Charlotte…)
- 4 tablespoons of olive oil
- A few sprigs of fresh thyme
- Sea salt and pepper
Cut the potatoes into ½ cm slices and then into ½ cm chips. Rinse and pat dry. Heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat and fry the chips for around 20 minutes until tender and golden-brown, turning frequently. Add the thyme sprigs and cook for a few minutes longer. Season with sea salt and pepper.
P.S. If you prefer the real deal, just put on your running shoes and jog all the way to the ‘frietkot’, snack bar or fish and chips stand. Great fries AND good exercise: the best of both worlds!