Friday, October 08, 2010

French Fry Diary 153: Moules Frites

Burgers and fries, fish and chips, meat and potatoes. Sometimes there are foods that just naturally go together. In the world of the favorite fried food, there is one more variation on that angle, maybe one of the lesser known, but there it is - moules frites, or mussels and fries, and that's what we're talking about this Food Network Friday.

A recent episode of "Throwdown with Bobby Flay" explored the topic a bit and spotlighted one of the best places to get this Belgian specialty, Granville Moore's in Washington DC, from Executive Chef Teddy Folkman.

The crux of each episode is that Bobby Flay attempts to beat a traditional favorite of an established restaurant and chef with his own new recipe. The results are usually mixed. Bobby usually wins, but here I will invoke the superhero fight rule - whoever's title the fight takes place in is the winner - that's why Bobby wins. When he does. In my opinion.

Here's the recipe Bobby put up against Granville Moore's: Steamed Mussels with Coconut-Green Chile Broth and Black Pepper French Fries with Smoked Red Pepper Aioli. Yeah, wow, what a mouthful. See the recipe here.

Teddy's moules frites won, on the show at least, kicking the superhero fight rule to the curb. Going on the fries alone, because I don't think mussels would be in my wheelhouse, I think I would choose Teddy's as well. Mmmm... fries...

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