Ham frites are a variation of the frites or French fries (known as chips or simply fries). The frites are strips of deep-fried potato. North Americans tend to refer to any pieces of deep-fried potatoes as fries or French fries, while in the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand, long, thinly cut slices of deep-fried potatoes (especially from fast-food outlets) are often called fries to distinguish them from chips (which are traditionally fatter and less elongated). There are different variations of frites, based on the cooking method or the toppings they use, ham frites being one of them. These are very popular in Chicago and represent hot skinny fries which are tossed with rendered pork fat and seasoned with salty dehydrated ham powder. Usually the ham frites are served as a side dish for different meat courses or salads.
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