When the French created "charcuterie," French fries were probably not in mind. This new trend trades thin meat and hunky cheese for sliced potatoes and dipping sauce.
The French Fries Board, or Fry Board, is made up of a variety of different types of fries -- potato wedges, crinkle fries, regular salted fries, sweet potato fries or tater tots -- paired with an assortment of dipping sauces.
It's the brainchild of Sarah Gim, an LA-based food blogger behind the Instagram account called @thedelicious.
“I had been making cheese boards, charcuterie boards and vegetable crudite boards,” said Gim, who posted her first Fry Board back in July 2019. “And then I just thought, 'Why not do it with fries?’ French fries are vegetables too!”
Gim said her first post was met with praise and has taken off since then.
For any first-time Fry Board makers, a basic board consists of at least two different types of fries, two different types of dips and, of course, ketchup, said Gim.
“Pure ketchup is standard, but you also want something sweet and spicy,” she said, like Sriracha aioli.
For those who don’t like Sriracha aioli, Gim recommends a creamy buffalo dip or a queso con chili. Other sauces that pair nicely with fries include honey mustard, whipped guacamole, beet hummus, pesto aioli and yogurt ranch.
Gim also likes to garnish her Fry Boards with things like cilantro, chopped jalapeno peppers, shaved Parmesan or lime.
“I like to put cilantro and little tiny jalapeno peppers on the chipotle sweet potato fry because it lets guests know that [the fry] might be a little spicy. Otherwise it is not always obvious,” Gim said. “From start to finish, I would say it takes about 25 minutes to cook all of the fries and 15 minutes to pile everything on.”
No matter how it’s arranged, the French Fry Board could be the next pièce de résistance for any game day or Super Bowl party.