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Best French Fry Toppings

4 Massively Underrated Toppings For French Fries

Happy Friday, and Happy National French Fries Day!

In all fairness, I don't really believe that a pastime as precious as fries deserve just one day, but who would turn down a reason to celebrate?

From ketchup to chili and cheese, you can't go wrong with any of America's favorite toppings, but if there's anytime to experiment with new, mind-blowing toppings, today — shall we call it National French Fryday? — is definitely the day.

For some of our unexpected favorites, keep reading.

  1. Kimchi, pulled pork, melted cheddar, and scallions. I first sampled a similar combination at the revolutionary Frysmith truck in Los Angeles, CA, and my life was changed forever. Don't skimp on the Korean fermented cabbage known as kimchi; it adds a pleasantly piquant flavor to the other unctuous ingredients.
  2. Chutney. Try topping a heap of fries with warm chutney. Personally, I'd opt for a spicy mango chutney, which would guarantee a bit of fruit, salt, and fire with every bite.
  3. Pastrami. At Kenny and Zuke's in Portland, OR, customers can get a platter of golden, crisp fries topped with pastrami scraps and Swiss cheese. I plan to replicate this at home tonight — and add in a drizzle of Russian dressing for a Reuben-like twist.
  4. Tartar sauce. OK, so it's not upscale, but nobody ever assumed fry toppings should be fancy. A play-by-play with your favorite pickle-inflected dip goes something like this: open jar, take fry, dunk, devour, and repeat.

What uncommon (if delicious) toppings have we left off the list? Share your thoughts below.

Source: Flickr User notashamed

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HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 3 years
Tartar sauce is so good!   Mustard, particularly spicy is good   Horseradish isn't so bad either.    
lil-miss-haley lil-miss-haley 4 years
Homemade aioli... yum!
Vixen41686 Vixen41686 4 years
Poutines! It's popular in Canada.
ErykaLee ErykaLee 4 years
Sour cream!
hexentanz hexentanz 4 years
Mayo or cheese fries with gravy! :D
BalooB BalooB 4 years
Aioli with capers in it. Hands down, the best.
notageek4u notageek4u 4 years
My favorite toppings for french fries are: Truffle oil, parmesean and cracked pepper. Mix them together, and it's super yummy!!! www.foodnservice.com
lauren lauren 4 years
I am going to be doing a lot of dipping with all of these suggestions, yummy!
Liss1 Liss1 4 years
tarter sauce or honey mustard
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 4 years
Cocktail sauce, I think its the horseradish that I love the most.
ticamorena ticamorena 4 years
i don't know why but i can't stand potatoes (with the sole exception of sweet potatoes) i LOVE yuca frita (manioc fries?) plain, with a dash of salt.
joymmart joymmart 4 years
Mix Sriracha hot sauce and ranch dressing; it' s great with chicken strips, french fries and even pizza!
GummiBears GummiBears 4 years
I'm the odd woman out, I like my fries plain with a dash of salt.
Mavs2980 Mavs2980 4 years
Ranch, tartar sauce, or any other mayo based sauce. I also second dreamalittledream, malt vinegar is yummy with fries. I actually detest ketchup with fries (really picky about what I will eat ketchup with), so I like to try different things with my fries. Some things work, some don't
amber512 amber512 4 years
Personally I'm addicted to mustard. Although I have been known to love a good french fry dipped in ranch :)
awesomepants awesomepants 4 years
God this made me hungry. I'm with tommytumult. Poutine is bananas.
tommytumult tommytumult 4 years
I want to try Newfoundland fries, which is essentially their version of poutine except with dressing in place of the cheese curds but keeping the gravy. Poutine is one of my favorite things in the world.
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 4 years
omega - I recommend fries drizzled with tartar sauce, then sprinkled with the crispy little battered bits that fall off of the ends of fish and chips. Awesome!
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 4 years
Cool ideas! They're fries though... what wouldn't be delicious? Hah. I'm a sucker for mayonnaise based sauces. Blame the Netherlands.
omega2 omega2 4 years
Personally, I am on board with the tartar sauce idea. I know I've gotten fish and chips when I've been out to dinner with friends before and have dipped my fries in the tartar sauce. DELISH!
canyourock canyourock 4 years
BBQ sauce, try it...yummy!!
lovesitc1 lovesitc1 4 years
I second the tartar sauce idea. So naughty, but oh-so-good!!!
fuzzles fuzzles 4 years
Ooooh! How could I forget? Order the fries without salt, and then Bacon Salt to taste!
fuzzles fuzzles 4 years
Marie's blue cheese dressing mixed with Cholula chipotle hot sauce. Buffalo fries! :drool:
lekatvt lekatvt 4 years
I am from central PA and we love our gravy fries. It's typically turkey gravy but we are not always picky.
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