Mars Mania (Red Fries)

In honor of the rover mission to Mars, Mickey G’s — the national fast food giant — will add a new item to its menu.  Starting next week, patrons will be able to order “Red Fries.”  As in Red Planet, Red Fries.  Billboards  have been placed all over the world announcing the new item.  No photographs of the Red Fries have been released yet.  Instead, the enormous red placards with neon yellow writing simply read:  “Red Fries.  Coming to Earth soon.”

“At first I thought the slogan was a little corny,” says Mickey G’s chairman and CEO, Brian McSooth.  “But the response has been incredible.  People love it.  And they will absolutely love Red Fries too.  They are a perfect complement to our menu,” says McSooth.

Next week at the Red Fries unveiling, McSooth also plans to unveil another mission.  “This one will be even more revolutionary than our Red Fries,” says McSooth.  He continues, “Within the next 5 years, the first Mickey G’s restaurant will be built on Mars.”  Of course the first customers will be astronauts and space station technicians.  However, McSooth affirms that “in the not too distant future, regular people will be traveling to Mars as easily and conveniently as if they are going to any other vacation destination.”

So far, Mickey G’s is the only company (publicly) announcing construction plans for  Mars.  But it certainly will not be the last. According to Mr. McSooth, “It’s just a question of supply and demand.  The people are hungry for Martian themed  products and we are glad to be a major supplier.  Our crispy, crunchy Red Fries are only the beginning.”

Red Fries

3  yukon gold potatoes

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 tsp. paprika

1/4 tsp. salt

2 scallions, thinly chopped (optional)

Peel potatoes and cut into even size chunks.  Place in medium size pot and cover with cold water.  Rinse and cover again with cold water.  Add a pinch of salt.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and drain water.  Spread potatoes on top of paper towels to dry.  Heat oil in skillet.    Fry potatoes until golden brown and tender, turning when needed (about 5-10  minutes).  Remove potatoes from oil and use paper towels to remove excess oil.  Season with paprika and salt.  Sprinkle chopped scallions on top.  Serve.


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