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Mar 27, 2021

Burger King France Gave Out Sacks of Potatoes at the Drive-Thru in Early February

In an interesting promotion, Burger King was giving out 1-kg bags of potatoes at the drive-thru at select locations in France starting in early February 2021.

According to Burger King, they bought over 200 tons of potatoes from French farmers that would normally be purchased by the food service industry in less trying times. The purpose being to help farmers with the overstock of potatoes, while encouraging customers to buy and cook potatoes.

To that end, the burger chain also put out a few simple potato-based recipes, which I've jotted down below:

Gratin Dauphinois

Ingredients - Potatoes, Garlic, Cream, Milk, Nutmeg, and Butter

Steps:

1. Cut the potatoes into slices and chop the garlic.
2. Cook the milk, garlic, nutmeg, and potatoes in a pan for 15 minutes.
3. Arrange all the ingredients in a buttered dish.
4. Bake at 180 C (~350 F) for 1 hour.

Swedish Potato (ed. note - AKA Hasselback potatoes)

Ingredients - Potato, Garlic, Olive oil, Herbs de Provence, Salt, and Pepper.

Steps:

1. Mix the seasonings.
2. Slit the potato (ed. note - A bit lacking in details.. maybe French people just know how to cut it. Regardless, if you're looking to make it, score it width-wise almost all the way through the potato about 2-3 mm apart from end to end)
3. Brush the potato with the seasonings.
4. Bake in the over for 40 minutes at 200 C (~400 F).

Galette from the King 

Ingredients - Potatoes, Onion, Butter, Egg, Flour, and Olive Oil

Steps:

1. Peel, wash, and grate the potatoes and onion
2. Add flour and eggs and then mix.
3. Cook in a pan over medium heat for 4 minutes per side.

Photo via Burger King France.