Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Shake, Shake, Shake Senora

Happy Tuesday!  I hope all of you are having a totally fantastic day.  My day has been a little uneventful!  I've been having some trouble with my car - which is brand new- sigh, so right now I'm driving a rental... but it has heated seats so I'm not complaining since it's chilly here in the Midwest :)  Other than that, I read, caught up on my DVR, did laundry and dealt with a lesson in saying no.  Have you ever felt pressured into taking on an assignment or an opportunity or anything that you knew just wasn't something that would allow you to be happy?  Occasionally, I feel like I let myself get into situations like that because I feel guilty or obligated.  The trouble is when you say "yes" to situations that your heart says "no" to, you close the door on all the other amazing opportunities that are out there for you.  As we enter 2012, this is something I'm keeping in mind as the year progresses.  I'm out to make 2012 the best year yet :)   

So, this post is about something that you know I love - potatoes.  Yep, that's right and if you didn't know that, you can look here, here and here.  The other day, I was planning my lunch...hummus sandwich loaded with veggies in case you were wondering....I really wanted some Alexia fries, but I didn't have any.  However, what I did have were potatoes.


Now, a couple of years ago, I bought a spiralizer to make zucchini pasta.  I had used it before on potatoes to make fries...but why not try to make spicy curly fries?  Alexia doesn't make such a thing and most curly fry recipes include 2 things 1) flour or 2) frying, two things I'm obviously not found of.  I'm lying I love fried french fries, I mean who doesn't?!  If you don't have a spiralizer, just cut  your potatoes into fry shapes - they won't exactly be curly fries, but they'll still be delicious.  Now, I'm going to be honest, these don't taste like Arby's for obvious reasons, but they were crispy, crunchy and everything I could want in a fry that wasn't, well fried.

Let me just say these rock.

PS: Umm yeah about the picture of the finished product - I got so distracted I ate them all.

PSS: Once you read the instructions, you'll totally get the title of this post.  Does it make anyone else thing of Beetlejuice?!

Homemade Curly Fries


1 potato, peeled
1-2 tsp paprika
1 tbsp brown rice flour
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp salt

1. Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees.  Then, peel your potato and cut into spirals using a spiralizer (I use this one).  Boil the potato spirals for 2-3 minutes - this will help them to get crunchier.  Drain!
2. Mix your spices and flour in a ziplock baggie.  Add the potato spirals and shake, shake, shake to coat.
3. Spray a baking sheet lined with parchment paper with olive oil spray, add potato spirals and spray again.
4. Bake for 20-25 minutes until crispy!

Spiralizer = best invention ever
Shake, shake, shake

What kind of fries do you love? What's one of your goals for the new year?