baked curly fries are so easy. use a spiralizer to cut out the fries, toss with oil and salt, then roast for 20 minutes. crispy (not hard and chewy) fries that are delicious plain, and even better tossed with za’atar and served with lemon garlic yogurt sauce!
it’s been 5-ish months since the last concert i went to, maybe the longest stretch without going to one since i first started at the end of high school. the dry spell ended on friday when i saw tori kelly, and she didn’t disappoint. she was fantastic as always, even if she didn’t sing full versions of my faves. did i mention that the video i took of her singing “i was made for loving you” 2 years ago is my 2nd most viewed upload on youtube with a whopping 168 views?
tori’s mane is signature, voluminous in a way that these baked curly fries aspire to be. what they lack in bounce they make up for in ease and taste. at its core, it’s a spiralized potato, tossed with oil and salt before getting roasted at 450f for 20 minutes. i must confess, i still believe that normal oven baked fries are almost impossible to get crispy rather than too soft or hard and leathery, but these don’t fall in that trap. the edges are almost like chips, and the parts of the spirals that lie on top of each other stay creamy, giving you a good mix of textures.
you could serve the baked curly fries with a ramekin of ketchup and call it a day. or you could toss the fries with za’atar (a lemon-y mediterranean spice blend with sumac, sesame seeds and thyme) and whip a quick yogurt sauce with a splash of lemon, a sprinkle of garlic and a pinch of dill. either way, they’re a delicious snack, app or side dish!
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- 4 russet potatoes scrubbed
- 4 T olive oil
- 2 T sesame seeds
- 2 tsp sumac
- 2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/4 cup whole milk yogurt
- 1 T lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp dried dill
- 1/2 tsp sumac
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 T extra virgin olive oil
- ketchup for serving
Use a spiralizer to cut out the fries (I use a thin spiral setting). Toss them with the oil and a couple of shakes of salt, then spread onto 2 parchment-lined baking sheets. (Make sure you use parchment, since foil or Silpats don't allow the potatoes to wick off enough moisture).
Roast the potatoes one baking sheet at a time at 450F for 20 minutes on the bottom rack, flipping the potatoes halfway through with a big spatula (think the kind you'd use to flip pancakes). Don't worry if the edges seem really dark and there's pale spots; these fries taste best when you have crispy edges and soft, potato-y middles.
Toss the hot curly fries immediately with the sesame seeds, sumac and thyme. Serve hot with the garlic lemon yogurt sauce and ketchup.
Mix everything and season to taste with salt.