For my final American recipe, I thought I’d share a diner and fast food classic: French Fries and Milkshakes. That perfect blend of hot and cold and of salty and sweet is unmatched in American cuisine. I hope that you will excuse me referring to them as “French Fries” instead of “chips” since this is such an American tradition.
Making this dish at home is simple and straightforward, and there is plenty of wiggle room in the recipes. For the French Fries, you will need the following ingredients:
- 1-3 baking potatoes (depending on how many fries you want)
- Some sunflower oil
First, rinse and slice the potatoes to the desired size, although thinner is preferred. Then, toss the potato slices in a bowl with some sunflower oil until they are evenly coated. Spread the oiled potato slices on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake at 220°C for 25-30 minutes, flipping them halfway through. While the French Fries are still warm, generously sprinkle them with salt. You can add other herbs and spices at this time, but for milkshake dipping, salt will do.
While the French Fries are in the oven, you can get started on the milkshake. You will need the following ingredients:
- 4 scoops of vanilla ice cream
- ¼ cup of milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Once again, these measurements are approximations, so feel free to experiment with proportions. If you like, you can also substitute the vanilla for other flavours, including fresh fruits or berries. The most efficient way to make a milkshake is to mix all your ingredients in a blender until smooth. If you don’t have a blender, wait until the ice cream softens a bit and try mixing by hand with a fork.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can always try a variant from my childhood. During the next snowfall, collect a bowl’s worth of fresh snow from your backyard. Quickly mix with milk and sugar until the desired consistency. It’ll be waterier that the traditional ice cream version, but the “Appalachian Milkshake” has a certain rustic charm. But that might just be my nostalgia talking.
Now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Take a hot and salty French Fry and dip in into the cold and sweet milkshake. Enjoy the mix of flavours in this genuine American treat.