Posted on July 13 2016
To all of our foodie sock loving friends, today marks a very important day on the culinary calendar — it’s National French Fry day! Which means that it’s the one-day of the year that it’s socially and morally acceptable to eat mouth-watering French fries for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. That’s right, there’s no holding back on your starch intake today!
And while it always feels like there’s a new made-up food holiday taking place every other day, this is a day the Yo Sox team can definitely get behind. French fries are the ultimate comfort food and can be enjoyed in hundreds of delicious variations — from traditional salty fries to savoury poutines with plenty of gooey cheese — you really can enjoy a basket of these delicious potatoes every single day.
So in honour of this incredibly delicious holiday, we wanted to share a French fry recipe with you that’s not only extremely Canadian but also it’s also insanely appetizing.
So embrace your inner Canadian with this incredible recipe, made with savoury pork belly, veggies, plenty of maple syrup, and of course, cheese curds.
Directions: Pork Belly
1. Preheat oven to 300ºF (150ºC).
2. Place the pork belly into a deep casserole dish, skin side up. Add all ingredients to dish, making sure at least ¾ of the pork is covered with liquid. Cover with parchment paper and then tin foil. Place in oven for 3-4 hours.
3. Remove pork and gently remove the fat cap (skin) off the pork belly. Raise the oven temperature to 400ºF (200ºC). Place pork skin onto a wire rack and place in oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the skin starts to bubble and crisp. This will be the “crackling” you can optionally use on the fries.
4. Pour the braising liquid through a sieve into a pot and reduce for 25 minutes. Shred the pork belly and place into the braising liquid until ready to serve.
1. Gradually bring the oil in a pot to 350ºF (175ºC). Reduce heat to medium. Blanch the cut fries in the oil for about five minutes and repeat until all fries are blanched.
2. Cook bacon and once crispy, crumble the bacon into small pieces.
3. In a deep skillet add the bacon drippings, onion, and garlic, and cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove the onion and garlic, place aside and add the butter. Once melted, sprinkle the flour into the pan and let it cook for 30-60 seconds. Begin to stir and gradually mix in the chicken stock. Return heat to medium-high.
5. Stir the gravy as it heats and thickens and add the onion and garlic back to the gravy.
6. Layer the French fries and cheese curds. Top with crumbled bacon, gravy, butter tarts, shredded pork bell, and drizzle on maple syrup and more cheese curds. Enjoy!
And of course, a holiday revolving around French fries couldn’t be complete without a pair of our awesome Yo Sox fries socks! We currently have French fry socks available both online and in store and are a must-have item for ever French fry lover that you know!