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French fries fried in horse fat. Where in Paris?

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david t. Jun 29, 2011 01:06 PM

Is it possible to get horse fat french fries somewhere in Paris? Or at least somewhere I can buy horse fat and make my own? I'd like to try it before I leave.

  1. mangeur Jul 2, 2011 12:31 AM

    Another caveat: I have strong suspicions about many food claims by those who lament lost superiorities of the good old days. Many things may well have been better. At the same time, memory has a way of embroidering experience.

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      foodrink Jul 1, 2011 04:11 AM

      Beef fat, tallow, makes good fries as well. McDonalds used it for their fries of our youth.

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        tmso Jul 1, 2011 03:58 AM

        If you want to make your own, go in to any boucherie chevaline and ask for some fat. You're not planning on eating this every day; there are no health issues particular to horses in this case.

        Horse meat is better consumed in Lombardia, where they take it seriously. There is no shortage of horse butchers in Paris, however. Where are you located?

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          david t. Jul 9, 2011 12:28 AM

          I'm in the 3rd arr. Yes, it's not going to be part of my daily eating habits, so I'm not worried about health concerns.

          And I do prefer beef tallow over duck fat which is why I'm curious about horse fat. thanks for all the suggestions. will try rue cadet next weekend.

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            tmso Jul 9, 2011 01:28 AM

            Besides the market vendors, there is a normal storefront one on rue de la Roquette in the 11th, and one near the Mutualité, across the river.

        2. Busk Jun 30, 2011 07:07 PM

          I notice that horse meat is much more popular in Geneva than in Paris these days. In my neighborhood in Paris, I've seen two boucherie chevaline close down in recent years, but the Romande menus seem to feature horse often, and it's usually one of the tastier things to eat at bistros in and around Geneva. The cuts are very tender and not strong-flavored.

          I spend a lot of time in Kazakhstan where a lot of horse is consumed. It's farmed here and usually eaten as horse sausage known as kazy.

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            Jake Dear Jun 30, 2011 09:01 PM

            Another aside re horse meat: We've also had it in Switzerland -- and a couple times in France and Italy. Busk says that "[t]he cuts are very tender and not strong-flavored." In our experience, the meat was very lean, flavorful, and almost sweet (and best served rare). But since then I've heard that most or much French-sold horse meat is imported from the US. Hmmm -- is that true? That would make me suspect about its purity if so (for reasons mentioned earlier). -- Jake

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            jeremyholmes Jun 30, 2011 04:15 AM

            Would you eat these fries as a 'mane course'?

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              PhilD Jun 30, 2011 04:27 AM

              Classic

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                Parigi Jun 30, 2011 05:30 AM

                Was expecting this from likeminded mature hounds...

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                  Parigi Jun 30, 2011 08:42 AM

                  By mature I mean mental maturity, not, like, geezer age...

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                    sunshine842 Jun 30, 2011 09:06 AM

                    I know you are, but what am I?

                    :P

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                ChefJune Jun 30, 2011 08:11 AM

                rotflmao

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                  mdibiaso Jul 1, 2011 01:46 PM

                  Neigh, definitely not.

                2. linguafood Jun 30, 2011 01:52 AM

                  I think you're better off trying duck or goose fat fries. Nothing could possibly taste better.

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                    Parigi Jun 30, 2011 01:54 AM

                    Absolutely.

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                      parisjo Jun 30, 2011 04:27 AM

                      We have been making potatoes fried in duck fat since a long ago meal at Spring. YUM!

                      Jo

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                      david t. Jun 30, 2011 12:56 PM

                      I've had the duck fat fries, which are delicious, but I can get that more readily. People swear by the superiority of traditional belgian fries done long ago in horse fat, which is why I'd like to compare it to duck fat.

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                        sunshine842 Jun 30, 2011 01:21 PM

                        but there isn't anyplace to get them that any of us know of (and if Parigi and Ptitpois are drawing blanks, you're probably not going to find them.)

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                          Ptipois Jun 30, 2011 11:58 PM

                          I don't think it is particularly difficult to order horse fat once you find a boucherie chevaline. The tricky thing is to find a boucherie chevaline.
                          But I do second the health concerns, since horses are not raised for food. I am a non-horse eater myself but that is because I don't like the taste of the meat and I'd feel like I'm committing some sort of anthropophagy.
                          Yes Belgian fries sometimes used to be done in horse fat, but that was a long time ago and since then they've been more frequently fried in blanc de boeuf (beef fat), which tastes just as good as horse fat is supposed to taste.
                          Goose fat, duck fat, pork fat and clarified butter, these are all good for fries.

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                            Delucacheesemonger Jul 2, 2011 08:15 AM

                            Two chevalines that are still selling are at R Lenoir market on Thursday and Sunday, as well as on the Rue Cadet market.

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                              Parigi Jul 2, 2011 08:35 AM

                              Your knowledge of Paris markets amazes me. I was wrecking my dwindling brain cells trying to think of the chevaline near my home. Rue Cadet of course!

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                                Delucacheesemonger Jul 2, 2011 09:21 AM

                                l blush in your praise. Will be back mid-September

                    3. sunshine842 Jun 30, 2011 01:23 AM

                      Horse has a flavor that many people find overpowering.

                      (there's also some question as to health, as nowhere are there herds of horses raised for the table -- thus those that end up slaughtered have been given all sorts of medications during their lives -- which is fine to ensure the health/comfort of a companion animal, but maybe not so much for one destined for the table. None of this seems to faze the French market, however.)

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                        Ptipois Jun 30, 2011 12:48 AM

                        First question: answer is no.
                        Second question: find a boucherie chevaline and order horse fat from the butcher.

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