Today we are hopping on a hot new food trend, the oh so snackable, French Fry Board. Fries Boards are just what they sound like, a giant grazing board of various french fries with amazing dips.
If you spend any amount of time on social media, you have probably seen the tasty new sensation that is going crazy right now. This isn’t the END of the cheese board, charcuterie board, veggie tray, or fruit tray. It’s just one more fun appetizer idea to add to your party planning.
SIDE NOTE: I only had time to film OR photograph my fry board before needing to feed it to my hungry hoarde. So I decided to film it and use screenshots for the photos. It’s hard for me that they aren’t my usual photography quality, but I had so much fun with the video!
FRIES BOARD FOOD TREND
The popularity of fries boards seems to have started with one of my favorite Instagram accounts, The Delicious. Sarah is known for her gorgeous boards and trays on Instagram and her blog, so it’s no surprise that she has kicked off a trend with her stunning french fry boards.
As soon as I saw an article sharing her fry boards, I knew I had to make one. Because honestly, french fry boards are ALL ABOUT THE DIPS.
OBSESSED WITH DIPS AND DIP RECIPES
Some people hoard things like dolls or, houseplants, or cats, but my collection confession is condiments. I am always mixing things to make new sauces and dips.
Eric and I figured out when we were dating that I simply see carbs as vessel for getting dips and sauces into my mouth. Every time we would drive to Mt. Rainier for a hike, I would make a big batch of guacamole, and we would eat it on the way.
I would dip his chips for him since he was driving, and he said I was getting too much guac on the chip. Apparently he eats one whole chip with a little guacamole, which just blew my mind because I use each corner of the chip for a separate dip. I scoop up lots of guacamole and get 3 bites with every chip.
So leave us a comment below, because we are really curious to see if you’re all about the dips, or think they’re just a good way to eat lots of carbs.
Now let’s get on to making our fry board, because whether you’re cooking with someone, for someone, or for yourself, cooking time is connecting time. Though I really hope you’re planning to share the fry board.
HOW TO MAKE A FRENCH FRY BOARD
The first step to a fry board is to plan your dips. You can absolutely buy all your dips and sauces premade, I totally support you in that.
But I have so many dips that I really love, so I decided to make 7 of them, specifically for this french fry board.
DIPS FOR MY FRIES BOARD
The dips I used for my fry board are:
- A spicy sriracha mayo (Even more amazing if you start with homemade mayo!)
- Tangy Greek Yogurt Honey Mustard
- A thick and flavorful homemade ketchup
- A creamy avocado lime dip
- A dairy free queso “cheese” dip
- A protein packed black bean dip
- And a cool cucumber Tzatziki Dressing (use only 1/4 of the cucumber in the recipe to make it a thicker dip)
All of the dips except the avocado lime dip can be made several days in advance. Don’t make the avocado dip more than 24 hours in advance to maintain freshness.
HOW TO COOK YOUR FRIES
Once you have your dips all made, you’re ready to get your fries cooked. This is honestly the hardest part, if you have a wide variety of fries, because different items cook at different temperatures and times.
I’m a bit of a nerd so I actually wrote out all the cooking times and temperatures and then made myself a list of what to cook when.
I also have just a normal sized oven, which meant in order to keep everything in a single layer on the cookie sheets, I was limited in how much of each item I could cook. This wasn’t a huge deal because I was only making this for our family, so I didn’t need a huge amount.
If I was making a French fry board for a party, I would probably try to find a third baking rack for my oven, or keep things warm on the stove while I cook in batches.
As for what kinds of fries to use, I went all out. You don’t have to stick with the traditional shoestring fries, steak fries, curly fries or waffle cut fries.
You can also include sweet potato fries, tater tots, and even onion rings or chicken fries! It’s good to have a variety of textures and shapes to make your board stand out.
Of course you can always make your own fries from scratch. It’s a lot of work but delicious and beautiful.
WHAT KIND OF BOARD DO YOU NEED FOR A FRENCH FRY BOARD?
While your fries are cooking, it’s a good time to put your dips onto the board. I used a food safe serving tray I found years ago, but you can also use a big wooden cutting board or even a cookie sheet.
I like using the serving tray because it has a lip so nothing will fall off. While I can’t find a link to mine specifically, here’s a few that are similar. These are affiliate links so our family business gets a small commission off of anything you buy, but it doesn’t cost you anything.
- 16 x 12” Modern Aesthetic Decorative Serving Tray with Handles for Drinks and Food
- Extra Large Black Wood Rectangle Food Tray
- 20″ Large Acacia Wood Decorative Tray with Handles
Also keep in mind that if your serving tray isn’t food safe, you can simply line it with parchment paper.
FRESH INGREDIENTS TO ADD SOME COLOR AND FILL IN GAPS
You also need to think about what fresh ingredients and garnishes you want to include on your fries board.
I went with some red radishes sliced into quarters, and sliced up the half a cucumber that was left from my tzatziki sauce. I also included a sliced lime, and the cilantro and dill that was left from making dips.
These fresh items are great for adding color and filling in any gaps on your board.
DON’T FORGET TO SEASON YOUR FRIES!
Once your fries are done, carefully start loading them onto the board around the dips.
In addition to salting your fries, you can add flavor and color with someseasonings. I went with a seasoning salt, lime zest, green onions, parsley, cilantro, and parmesan.
I also LOVE this herb seasoning salt recipe for french fries!
ARE FRENCH FRY BOARDS HERE TO STAY?
While I’m no expert by any means, I feel pretty good about my french fry board, and can definitely see myself serving it at a party. And Eric and the kids were definitely excited to help me eat it.
Share your thoughts in the comments, but remember, whether it’s in the comments, with me, or out in the world, you can be real, AND be kind.
- 3-5 varieties of French Fries
- onion rings (optional)
- tater tots (optional)
- chicken fries (optional)
Creamy Avocado Lime Dip
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1 lime, zest and juice
- 10 stems cilantro
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 garlic clove, peeled
- 2 tablespoons canned green chiles
- 1 cup of your favorite mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup sriracha (or less to taste)
- 1 lemon, zest and juice
- 1 clove garlic, pressed (or 1 teaspoon garlic paste)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 12 ounce can of tomato paste
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- Fresh herbs like dill, parsley, and cilantro
- sliced limes, radishes, cucumbers
Garnishes and Seasonings
- flavored salt mixes
- fresh chopped herbs
- lime or lemon zest
- freshly grated parmesan
- Start by preheating your oven and cooking your fries according to the package instructions. Plan well so everything finishes at the same time and is served hot.
- For the avocado lime dip, place all the ingredients into a high powered blender or a food processor and blend. Add water 1-2 tablespoons at a time while blending until your dip is smooth and creamy.
- For the sriracha mayo, place all the ingredients into a bowl and whisk well with a fork.
- For the homemade ketchup, mix together the tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, and maple syrup. Mix in the remaining ingredients. Then mix in water until you get the consistency you want.
- Put each dip into your dip bowls and place on a serving tray.
- Carefully load hot fries onto the board around the bowls.
- Add fresh ingredients to the board to fill in any gaps.
- Sprinkle the fries and dips with any garnishes and seasonings you use.
- Eat quick while it's hot!
For any of the sauces feel free to add additional amounts of whatever ingredients you think they need after making them. Maybe blend some extra chiles into your avocado dip, add more garlic to the sriracha mayo, or sweeten up the homemade ketchup with more maple syrup.
Like all recipes, see this as a guideline to help you create your own french fry board. Swap out whatever sauces, dips, or fries you have on hand. Most of all, have fun! And don't forget to tag us when you post your fries board!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 625Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 1265mgCarbohydrates: 62gFiber: 9gSugar: 15gProtein: 9g
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