Side, Snack, Gluten Free

CURRY SPICED POMMES FRITES + CUCUMBER DIP

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Because I want to offer more meal ideas, I will point you over to Lovely Morning for these fabulous looking veggie burgers. That tasty recipe and some of these baked fries and you've got yourself a filling and tasty dinner!

CURRY SPICED POMMES FRITES + CUCUMBER DIP // Serves 2

Inspired by Veggie Belly via Pinterest

Because I know you are thinking what I thought, "will this work with yams/sweet potatoes?". I tried it. They have a higher water content than a russet, so they don't quite crisp up like russet. I still ate them, of course, but comparatively, they need a few minutes longer in the oven and were still a tad soggy in texture. Tasty? Yes. Crispy pomme frite? No.

1 Russet Potato (about 10 oz.)

1 Tbsp. Melted Coconut Oil or Ghee

Heaping 1/2 tsp. Curry Powder

Few generous pinches of Salt

Cucumber Dip

1/3 Cup Seeded and Finely Diced Cucumber

1 Tbsp. Chopped Mint

1 Tbsp. Chopped Parsley

1/2 Cup Whole or Lowfat Greek Yogurt

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Salt + Pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 415'

1. Using a mandoline or sharp knife, cut the potato into 1/8'' slices, lengthwise. Pat them dry with a dishtowel or paper towel. Layer up like-size pieces, and cut them into small matchsticks, more narrow than a ballpoint pen.

2. Toss the matchsticks gently with the curry mix. Matchsticks should be coated, but not soggy. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment and put lay as many as you can in a single layer, this will have to be done in shifts. Sprinkle with a few pinches of salt. Bake them on the middle rack for 10-14 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. Watch them closely, you want them to have some brown spots, but not turn to charcoal. Mine were super thin, so they got a bit charred.

3. While they bake, mix the diced cucumber, both herbs, yogurt and a pinch of salt and pepper together and set aside.

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4. Eat them hot from the oven with the yogurt dip. You can use the same parchment for the second round, or prepare a second baking tray and put it in as soon as the first batch is done. Repeat process of spreading them out in a single layer with a few pinches of salt on top.