Baked Curly Fries with Za’atar

These baked curly fries are tossed with za'atar (sumac, a lemony spice, with sesame seeds and thyme) and served with a lemon garlic yogurt sauce (and ketchup!). #curlyfries #potatoes #carbs #snacks #sidedishes

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, its 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!

You can serve these baked curly fries however you want, or you can crumple up the parchment you used to bake the fries on into a cup, pile the fries in, and munch to your heart's content. #curlyfries #potatoes #carbs #snacks #sidedishes

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You can serve these baked curly fries however you want, or you can crumple up the parchment you used to bake the fries on into a cup, pile the fries in, and munch to your heart's content. #curlyfries #potatoes #carbs #snacks #sidedishes
Baked Curly Fries
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Baked fries can end up soggy or hard, but baked curly fries manage to be creamy, potato-y and crisp.
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Keyword: appetizer, baked fries, curly fries, french fries, fries, garlic, lemon, potatoes, side dish, snack, sumac, thyme, yogurt, za'atar
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 338 kcal
Ingredients
Baked Curly Fries
  • 4 russet potatoes scrubbed
  • 4 T olive oil
  • 2 T sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp sumac
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
Garlic Lemon Yogurt Sauce
  • 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
Instructions
Baked Curly Fries
  1. 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).

  2. 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.

  3. Toss the hot curly fries immediately with the sesame seeds, sumac and thyme. Serve hot with the garlic lemon yogurt sauce and ketchup.

Garlic Lemon Yogurt Sauce
  1. Mix everything and season to taste with salt.

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Use a spiralizer to cut out curly fries, roast them with olive oil, and you've got super addictive baked curly fries! Crispy edges with creamy potato middles. Mmm. #curlyfries #potatoes #carbs #snacks #sidedishes

12 Replies to “Baked Curly Fries with Za’atar”

  1. I have never thought of using a spiralizer to make curly fries! That’s just genius! Plus loving that these are baked. And what are fries without something to dip them into?! Yum!!

    1. honestly not sure how someone at home would easily make curly fries without a spiralizer! blanking on any other cheap/easy to use tool that would do such a good job (;

  2. You know me, Heather – all about the Za-atar! I’m thinking I should get a spiralizer, now that I know it will work for potatoes! Ha! Spiralized veggies just don’t do it for me, so many other ways to prepare them, but when I need fries, I need CRISPY fries!5 stars

    1. za’atar on everything, please!! haha not sure that it’s worth getting a spiralizer just for baked curly fries but who knows, maybe you have more counter/pantry space than i do (;

  3. Such an addictive, flavorful snack and yet so much healthier! Great snack to serve for kiddos without any guilt.5 stars

    1. yes, such a fun snack! and pretty guilt-less too like you mentioned (:

  4. I really like the idea of za’atar flavored potatoes especially when served with the lemon garlic yogurt.

    1. thanks karen! it’s a really tasty combo (:

  5. That sauce is a keeper sounds so good and always yes to baked fries 🙂

    1. yes to baked fries! and honestly, even if baked fries aren’t that crispy, they’re usually good if you think of them as roasted potatoes (;

  6. You make me seem like a grandma considering how I never went to a concert before TT_TT. Glad you enjoyed Tori Kelly’s concert! Oooh, I love curly fries, even more when it’s baked. I don’t feel as guilty while still enjoying the food, hehe. I haven’t heard of the za’atar twist but that sounds delish!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me5 stars

    1. you’ve never gone to a concert?! you’ll have to go. there’s so many free ones around, including identity la in may for asian pacific american heritage month. they had an a+ lineup one year and i got to see us the duo, and my friend got to see dean. they had yuna this year, and i heard they presented awkwafina with an award.

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