German fries

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 ( listen ).

In the United States

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]


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 be used as a seasoning to add 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


  1. Smith, Andrew F. Potato: A Global History. p. 62. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  2. 1 2 3 Smith, Andrew F. Fast Food and Junk Food. p. 283. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  3. 1 2 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. 1 2 3 "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. 1 2 "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.
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