Thai Spiced Baked French Fries

by Marla on July 29, 2011 · 62 comments

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Baked sweet potato and russet french fry for Alexia Blogger contest
Guess what? My Thai Spiced French Fries have made it to the Alexia Foods  top four in the semi finals of the Reinvent a Classic blogger contest. That means you can vote for them to become the next fry flavor to hit the stores in 2013. You can cast a vote every day (one time per 24 hour period) from now until March, 30th 2012. Each and every vote counts!

Go ahead and click over to their Facebook page to vote & then come back to get the recipe to make them yourself…..

 

This Spiced French Fries in Reinvent a Classic

Buddha Head piggy bank with red berries

If you don’t believe me how good these fries are then ask the Buddha above and the little girl in my pink ski jacket below (She came running downstairs in 90˚ weather modeling it.)

Girl with brown hair in Jet Set ski jacket

There were a few things for certain when it came to my contest entry. I knew I wanted to use sweet potatoes and I wanted a unique flavor twist. The Thai spice adds lots of flavor. I also knew I wanted julienne cut fries because those are best for dipping.

Baked sweet potato and russet french fry for Alexia Blogger contest Around here we really like to dip. Ketchup works, so does aioli. We are not too picky. Do you like to dip?

Baked sweet potato and russet french fry for Alexia Blogger contest

I asked the folks at Alexia if I could submit an entry for a “mixed bag” meaning a blend of half sweet potatoes and half russets. That was not allowed, so I needed to do that at home. I suggest you do too – as both potatoes make very good baked french fries……the russets were very tasty and they crisp up well.

Baked sweet potato and russet french fry for Alexia Blogger contest

Although I was very tempted to submit my recipe for Indian Spice Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Curry Aioli (which by the way are outstanding.) My husband and I talked out our strategy and decided perhaps the flavor of a yellow curry was not broad enough. People have a love/hate relationship with that spice.

Marla Meridith photo of cinnamon sticks

The Thai red curry spice blend seems to suit more palates. We enjoy the one that comes in a little jar by Thai Kitchen. This paste has aromatic herbs such as lemongrass, galangal (Thai ginger) and fresh red chilis. I added a dash of cinnamon, a little bit more ginger and some lime juice to brighten up the flavor a bit more.

Baked sweet potato and russet french fry for Alexia Blogger contest

Have you ever cooked with Thai red curry paste before? If so, what do you do like to make with it?

Thai Spiced Baked French Fries

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Thai Spiced Baked French Fries

Ingredients

  • 2 large Sweet Potatoes -or- 2 large Russet Potatoes, cut into julienne strips
  • 2 tablespoons Peanut Oil, Sunflower or Canola Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Lime Juice
  • 2 teaspoons Thai Red Curry Paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground Ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground Cinnamon
  • Optional Garnish
  • cracked Black Pepper before serving
  • sprinkle of fresh or dried Cilantro

Method

  • Pre heat your oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or silpat. Combine the oil, lime juice, Thai paste, soy sauce, sugar, seasonings and spices in a large bowl. Coat sweet potatoes (or russets) with the mixture. Lay them in a single layer and bake for about 30-35 minutes flipping each fry 15 minutes into baking time.
  • Notes
  • I don’t want to get too specific on the measurement of spices & seasonings used for this recipe as you can adjust to taste.
  • Use russet or sweet potatoes. A combo of both would be wonderful too.
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1 Joy July 29, 2011 at 12:12 am

You have the best French fries recipes ever!

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2 Marla July 29, 2011 at 5:26 am

Thanks Joy…..now if only I could take home a runners up or better yet a win in this contest ;)

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3 Damaris @Kitchen Corners July 29, 2011 at 12:24 am

These look great. I love your little girl in her warm coat in the middle of Summer. It’s fun to read your posts you really seem to enjoy your family.

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4 Marla July 29, 2011 at 5:25 am

Hi Damaris! We are having a great summer. I enjoy reading about your adventures with your family as well. Those kiddo’s keep us way busy huh?!

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5 Maris (In Good Taste) July 29, 2011 at 2:22 am

I adore sweet potato fries and these look delish! Love that you strategize with your husband!

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6 Rosa July 29, 2011 at 2:25 am

Interesting! Those fries must be addictive.

Cheers,

Rosa

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7 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 29, 2011 at 2:42 am

“Around here we really like to dip. Ketchup works, so does aioli. We are not too picky. Do you like to dip?”

Welcome to my life! I like a little food with my jar/bowl of dip. Ramekin? Nah. I need a BOWL of dip sometimes :)

Just like I like a little coffee with my cream. hah!

As for a dip you may like…TJ’s Mango Chutney. It’s spicy, but no garlic/onions/added salt which for me is heaven on earth. But still packs some heat.

Your fries and spice blend look soo good!

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8 Caroline @ chocolate and carrots July 29, 2011 at 4:49 am

Yum! I loved the fry challenge. This just takes it to the next level. I love Thai food and I love sweet potato fries. Genius! ;-) Love it Marla!

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9 Melissa B. July 29, 2011 at 5:04 am

I have been obsessed with baked sweet potato and russet fries this summer! These WILL be made this weekend :)

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10 Marla July 29, 2011 at 6:03 am

Yay! Let me know how they turn out :) Have a wonderful & tasty weekend.

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11 Bev Weidner July 29, 2011 at 5:54 am

STOP. IT.

I love sweet potato fries.

I just fainted.

In love!

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12 Marla July 29, 2011 at 6:02 am

You gotta try them Bev…..don’t faint though OK!? xo

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13 Rachel July 29, 2011 at 6:08 am

I’m a huge fan of potatoes and obviously fries. I bet these taste fantastic. And I too love to dip mine :)

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14 sweet artichoke July 29, 2011 at 7:16 am

Sweet potatoes are a pretty new ingredient for me. The idea of pairing them with thai red curry flavour is amazing! Must be a nice balance between the spices and the sweetness of the potatoes!

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15 Marla July 29, 2011 at 9:41 am

Yay! Awesome that you have jumped into the wonderful world of sweet potatoes. They get so sweet when baked & the little caramelized bits are out of this world!

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16 Shawnda July 29, 2011 at 7:25 am

Oh, wow. Now that’s a fun way to spice up fries!

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17 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. July 29, 2011 at 9:30 am

Can’t wait to try these. Looking Good!

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18 Lucy July 29, 2011 at 9:55 am

This looks like a winner to me – well done you. Glad to see the latest female in a ski jacket on your site has it zipped up and is not exposing her melons ; ) I see a theme developing here… snow bunnies you have known

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19 Marla July 29, 2011 at 11:24 am

Lucy, I really think the pinnacle of my existence is to be a snow bunny & to be surrounded by them. Thank goodness my daughter knows not to expose melons. Hopefully she decides to keep her zipper up when she is a teen on a spring break ski trip ;)

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20 Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets July 29, 2011 at 10:16 am

Love the Thai spicing! I’m about to post something with Thai-inspired flavors too :).

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21 Marla July 29, 2011 at 11:19 am

Hi Xialou, can’t wait to see your recipe with Thai spices. Your food is always so beautiful!!

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22 Kathleen July 29, 2011 at 10:54 am

Marla, these sound really yummy!

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23 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner July 29, 2011 at 11:41 am

I LOVE YOUR RECIPES!!!

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24 Marla July 29, 2011 at 11:45 am

Kat, I LOVE your enthusiasm. Thanks so much my friend :) Have a great weekend.

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25 claudia lamascolo July 29, 2011 at 11:44 am

My husband is going to love these thanks! I love the way you presented them so elegant nice job Marla

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26 Jeanette July 29, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I love Thai spices, especially red curry paste, it’s one of my favorites. I’ve used it in meatballs, soups, and stir-fries. It’s so fragrant. Can’t wait to try these fries!

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27 Georgia Pellegrini July 29, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Love these and that you chose baked ones… always a little healthier in my book : )

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28 Marla July 29, 2011 at 2:42 pm

You know me girl, all about healthy. But also must be very, very tasty :)

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29 Kulsum at JourneyKitchen July 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Just today I thought of you while making potato wedges for a friend ;-) I love love thai red curry paste and I can’t wait to give this one a try!

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30 Kimby July 29, 2011 at 2:59 pm

I haven’t tried Thai red curry paste yet, but your fries are definitely a reason to, Marla!

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31 Beth July 29, 2011 at 3:40 pm

These sound great. Good luck!

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32 Tartepink July 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm

These look delicious Marla! Just I was thinking what to do with my left over harissa you left me craving for fries. I will make these! Might even dip into my harissa ’cause we’re dippers too :)

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33 Marla July 29, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Tarte: I say you dip these fries into that amazing harissa you made. Would be a match made in heaven ;)

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34 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] July 29, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Wow. Those fries look so good!

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35 Daydreamer Desserts July 29, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Sounds like a winning recipe to me Marla. I love the fact that you went with sweet potatoes too! :)

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36 Brooke @ Food Woolf July 29, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Those fries look tasty, mama! Love the spice.

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37 Nancy@acommunaltable July 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm

I love Thai red curry paste as well and will definitely have to try it with sweet potato fries … and yes, we are definitely “dippers” our house!

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38 yummychunklet July 29, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Yum! Loved that they’re baked, too!

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39 Joanne July 30, 2011 at 3:02 am

this seems like an awesome french fry idea! I definitely toyed with submitting the Thai peanut butter flavor I came up with but just didn’t really work texture-wise. This, however, looks perfect!

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40 Marla July 30, 2011 at 6:14 am

Joanne, the PB sounds like a great idea. Also drenching these in coconut milk would have been great too. We’ll see what happens!

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41 Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen July 30, 2011 at 7:21 pm

That shiny Buddha head is brilliant and I can see your husband’s head reflected in it as well :-). I like to cook Thai red curry chicken so I know the spices mixed in with these sweet potatoes make for some awesome baked fries!

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42 Marian (Sweetopia) July 30, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Sounds delish, and your photos are magazine-worthy and more (as usual!)

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43 Marla July 31, 2011 at 4:09 am

Thanks so much Marian! *blush*

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44 Baking Serendipity July 30, 2011 at 8:42 pm

These sound fantastic! I think you nailed the french fry challenge for sure :)

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45 Marla July 31, 2011 at 4:08 am

Sarah, I hope I at least get a spot as a runner’s up in this challenge. Keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks for your sweet comment :)

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46 Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 31, 2011 at 3:51 am

I love sweet potato fries, what a great way to make them unique!

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47 susan July 31, 2011 at 6:49 am

I’m loving all of these french fry recipes! Great photos, Marla!

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48 Nikita July 31, 2011 at 6:58 am

That looks like such a great combination of flavors!

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49 Maria @ Scandifoodie July 31, 2011 at 11:06 am

I love sweet potato prepared this way – gorgeous flavours!

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50 Grace@ FoodFitnessFreshair July 31, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I love red curry. Lately I’ve been thinking plain old French fries are kind of boring. I used to LOVE them, but now I’m content with just eating a few. But with extra spice, and yes, I’m a fan of good dipping sauces, fries become addicting again! I just recently whipped up some green bean fries. It was definitely the basil dip that made those babies addicting. Will have to try these out…on both kinds of spuds of course.

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51 Katrina July 31, 2011 at 1:57 pm

These sound perfect! Awesome recipe!

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52 Rumana July 31, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Hi Marla,
I just love the texture of spicy french fries..they are so tempting….i am sure it will scintillates the taste buds.

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53 Roxana GreenGirl July 31, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I asked Buddha and he gave me a pinky promise these fries are out of this world!
Love the Thai spices!

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54 shelly July 31, 2011 at 3:53 pm

looks yummy, bet they taste even better in a cute pink ski suit!!!

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55 Heather July 31, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Wow! These sound absolutely delicious – I can’t wait to try them :)

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56 Kate@Diethood August 1, 2011 at 11:43 am

Marla, I LOVE these! Especially the inclusion of ginger and cinnamon… genius.

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57 Natalie August 3, 2011 at 4:36 am

I love chips and I love Thai food even more. Why have I never thought of combining the too? This is genius, thanks!!

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58 Taylor Bailey August 5, 2011 at 2:51 pm

My passion for sweet potatoes is still at large. This summer we’ve prepared variations of potatoes but yours looks savory, I’ll have some and try to mix something with catsup.

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59 Catherine August 5, 2011 at 6:19 pm

The first time I ever used red curry paste I added two heaping tablespoons to a curry. A little too spicy! Other than that experience I love cooking with it. Coconut milk and cardamom are a lovely addition as well.

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60 Marla August 5, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Catherine, 2 tablespoons is a lot girl. Sounds like you have the ratio correct now. A little goes a long way :)

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