The Delicious Sauce You Never Thought To Add To French Fries

The potato is really a marvel of the culinary world. It has so many delicious uses. Bake them; roast them; mash them; use them to fashion a hashbrown casserole; enjoy them fried up alongside your favorite burger. Potatoes are amazing. According to Grit, the average American eats 125 pounds of this vegetable every year. Of course, their preferred way is french fried, and collectively, the US enjoys 4.5 billion pounds of french fries each year. If you find yourself craving these salty, crunchy fries more often than you would like to, blame Thomas Jefferson, who is credited with bringing them to the United States after serving as American Minister to France in the late 1700s, per National Geographic.

Today, we order them up at fast food chains across the nation. Which fast food fries stand above the rest? That's just a food fight waiting to happen, and we'll leave it you to rank your favorite fast food fries. McDonald's certainly has its fry fans, as does Five Guys, In-N-Out, Chick-fil-A — we love the criss-crossed waffle shape — and pretty much every eatery that serves up this side. And we all have our favorite dipping sauce to pair. But there is one delicious sauce that you may not have ever considered using with your fries that may have you breaking out the Jif.

Fries and peanut butter is a Dutch thing

Americans love to eat french fries plain, dip them in ketchup or Chick-fil-A sauce, or order them animal style and enjoy that cheese and extra burger spread. However, it might surprise you to learn that the Dutch use peanut butter as a condiment for their french fries — and the verdict on the internet is it's worth a try. According to Travel Cook Repeat, it's called "pindasaus," and this sauce is a delightful way to add both a sweet and spicy element to your fries. 

The delicious sauce has Indonesian roots and combines a peanut butter base with something to provide some spice. Many Dutch households typically use sambal, a condiment made from red chili peppers, to provide that heat (via Travel Cook Repeat).

We know what you're thinking, "Peanut butter on fries? Seriously?" Hey, if the Belgians can do mayo (via Grub Street), then a peanut butter sauce doesn't sound so ridiculous in our humble opinion. You can even make a version of this sauce at home, per By Kelsey Smith, using peanut butter, apple cider vinegar, Sriracha, soy sauce, and maple syrup. If you're looking for a new way to dunk your fries, consider giving this recipe a try next time you grab your favorite fries!