I can’t believe today is already day 4 of TripleSBites – I’ve had so much fun thinking up recipes that fit the theme of “sexy, saucy, spicy” that I just want to keep going! The event ends on Monday and my last recipe is a BIG one involving special equipment in order to pull it off – go big or go home right? Today’s special ingredient also fits the description of “going big” as VooDoo Chef’s RED spice is out of this world! I first tested it out last week while making my loaded potato soup, adding a bit of smokiness to the dish, but today’s dish really allowed the spices to shine all on their own.
There’s no denying that I enjoy potatoes, a quick ctrl+f of my recipe page will quickly prove this point – and with that I’m always trying to find new ways of working with them. After making the soup, I wanted to try the spices with potatoes in a more intense pairing and with that debating doing a gratin of some form. Then I caught a glimpse of a very old commercial, and remember the awesomeness of Shake ‘N Bake. I might be a vegetarian now, but as a kid I loved helping my mom toss the chicken in a bake and shake it all up. While they did eventually release a potato version, I don’t remember ever trying it – but figured that if it worked for them it would work for me.
2 Russet Potatoes, skinned
2 tbsp olive oil (plus a little more for baking)
2 tbsp RED spice
- Cut the Russet Potatoes in half width wise, and then divide in to fifths before cutting each in half width wise - creating wedges slightly thicker than a "straw fry".
- Repeat with the remaining potato
- Pour the 2 tbsp of oil in to a 1 gallon plastic bag, or tupperware with a lid. Add the fries and toss well. Add the spices to the bag or tupperware and toss again. Set Aside
- Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a deep saute pan over medium heat. Begin adding the fries, being careful not to crowd the pan
- Cook for 12 minutes, flipping the wedges so that they brown on all sides.
- Remove to a plate lined with a paper towel and allow to slightly cool. Serve and Enjoy!
Doing the shaking in two parts really works the best – otherwise the spices and the oil tend to just clump at the bottom of the bag and not join the party. I served this with some awesome vegan mayo that I got from another TripleSBites sponsor! Being able to enjoy a saucy spicy mayo that was free of gelatin was fantastic, the consistency is a bit looser than a standard mayo but oh my goodness is it every tasty. Intensity Academy also offers a fantastic Chai Sweet Chili sauce that I also received as a gift, but so far I’ve only used it on a non-vegetarian dinner that I served the husband (it was a hit!).
Note: While I did receive the VooDoo Chef RED spices for free as part of participating in TripleSBites, I was not required to use or mention the product outside of acknowledging receipt of the product. All opinions are totally my own.