German fries

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Bratkartoffeln with onion chunks

German fries (also referred to as German fried potatoes) is a name for fries[1] or a preparation of fries in which potatoes are sliced into any sizes and shapes,[2] fried or deep-fried, and sometimes prepared with additional cooked ingredients such as onion, green pepper and bacon. By the 1870s, dishes under these names were listed in American and British cookbooks.[2] In German, they are called Bratkartoffeln (About this soundlisten ).

In the United States[edit]

During World War I in the United States, due to Germany being an enemy of the United States,[3] "German" place names (such as Berlin, Ohio) and the adjective "German" were often expunged from the American language; by 1918, "French fries", shortened to "fries", had won the name game in the United States and Canada".[2] During this time, the dish was sometimes referred to as "American fries", due to U.S. opposition to Germany during this time.[3]


Bratkartoffeln with bacon

Preparation may involve pan-frying or deep-frying the potatoes and the addition of ingredients such as cooked bacon, onion and green pepper.[4][5][6] Some versions may use thinly sliced potatoes.[7] Paprika may added for flavor.[5] Whether raw or cooked potatoes are to be used, the latter either fresh or stored for some days and used only after ageing, remains a question of discussion, depending on personal taste, as well as regional influences.

German fries may be served with schnitzel,[8] or as an accompaniment to sausages, such as bauernwurst.[5][7][9] Some restaurants serve them as a side dish.[10]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ a b Koppelman, Kent. The Great Diversity Debate. p. 42. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Lucky's Steak House moves up to Bay City, bringing with it great food, prices and value". Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "NY Food Truck Lunch: Bauernwurst & German Fries From Hallo Berlin". CBS New York. September 18, 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Midwestern German Fries with Sausage Gravy". January 2, 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Strictly eat street". The Age. February 10, 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  8. ^ "'I brought a meat hammer from Germany so I can make schnitzel'". the Guardian. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  9. ^ Silverman, Brian. Frommer's New York City from $90 a Day. p. 163. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  10. ^ Texas Monthly. November 1978. p. 106. Retrieved 31 October 2014.