NATIONAL FRENCH FRY DAY
Each year on July 13, many people will participate in the celebration of National French Fry Day by enjoying one of the many varieties of the classic food.
French fries, also known as chips, fries, finger chips or French-fried potatoes are batons of deep-fried potatoes and are common fixtures at fast food restaurants that are loved by adults and kids alike!
French fries are often complimented with ketchup, ranch dressing, vinegar, mayonnaise, honey mustard, cheese, gravy, or chili. Sometimes the fries are made from sweet potatoes instead of potatoes, are baked instead of fried or are cut up into unusual shapes such as curly fries, waffles fries, crinkle cut fries or tornado fries.
The expression “French Fried Potatoes” first occurs in print, in English, in the 1856 work Cookery for Maids of All Work by E. Warren.
It is believed by some that the term “French” was introduced to the potatoes when the American soldiers arrived in Belgium during World War I and consequently tasted Belgian fries. It is suggested that they called them “French” as it was the official language of the Belgian Army at that time.
To celebrate National French Fry Day, share some French fries with your friends and have them seasoned, cut and shaped how you like them!
NATIONAL FRENCH FRY DAY HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and the origin of National French Fry Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.
NATIONAL BEANS ‘N’ FRANKS DAY
Joining in each year as part of National Hot Dog Month, July 13th is known as National Beans “N” Franks Day.
Beans “n” franks are also know to many as “beanie weenies”. Beanie weenies is a dish similar to pork ‘n’ beans however substituting hot dogs for the pork.
- Dating back to the civil war, one of the very first canned “convenience foods” emerging in the United States was baked beans.
- The originator of the idea to combine hot dogs with baked beans is unknown.
- The name Beanie Weenies is owned by Van Camp’s.
- Other brands are sold under alternative names such as Franks & Beans.
- Typical ingredients include: baked beans, skinless hot dogs, brown sugar, onion, mustard, BBQ sauce and spices.
- There are a variety of beans ‘n’ franks” recipes found around the world.
Here is a “tried and true” recipe for you to try as you celebrate National Beans ‘N’ Franks Day:
NATIONAL BEANS ‘N’ FRANKS DAY HISTORY
Our research was unable to find the creator of National Beans ‘N’ Franks Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.