My Final Four for the Alexia “Reinvent a Classic” Fry Challenge

by spiceaholic on July 17, 2011

I know I’ve been such a fry-tease the past couple weeks, showing you pictures of my fry creations and not telling you what they are.

I do apologize.

And to make amends, I have decided to reveal my creations later on in this post so that I can get YOUR feedback about which flavor appeals to you.  After all, it’s one thing if me, Mr. Spice and a few others like a flavor, but getting feedback from the very audience for which I’m creating these flavors makes sense.  I can only submit one creation, so I need your help determining which one will be the lucky one.

Last night I had my friend Lopa over to taste some of my ideas and get her thoughts.  She and I joke that we’re the same person since we like so many of the same things, so I knew her opinions would be valuable.

Before I show you the contenders, take a look at me in the nifty Alexia apron I got at last year’s FoodBuzz Blogger Festival!

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For our fry challenge, we were allowed to use sweet potatoes or Russet potatoes and could use julienne, crinkle-cut, waffle-cut, or wedge shapes.  After a lot of thought, I decided to use julienne cut sweet potatoes, crinkle-cut Russet potatoes, and waffle-cut Russet potatoes for my creations.  Thanks to Alexia for providing me with coupons to use for the competition!

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Please excuse the messy kitchen in the background!

Setting up the first batch of fries for testing . . .

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Remember the sweet potato fries I was testing a few days ago?  I said I needed to tweak it a bit more to get it where I wanted it to be?  Well, I figured out what I needed to get it to work!

Black Pepper Lime Sweet Potato Fries

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Hot, sour, salty, and sweet — this combo has it all! I was struggling with getting the lime flavor to stand out, but fortunately was able to figure it out.  As I’ve mentioned before, I had black pepper lime potato chips before and thought that it was a flavor combo that would go well with sweet potatoes.

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Don’t you love the fry containers?  Spotted them at World Market the other night and thought they’d be perfect for our tasting.

Bet you’re wondering about the waffle-fries . . .

Bruschetta Waffle Fries

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These were a last-minute inspiration and I’m so glad I decided to try them out.  It’s like taking the typical Italian seasonings up a notch — you have your garlic, basil, and oregano, but the little pieces of sun-dried tomato just add some background oomph to it all.  I’m still considering toying with these some more and adding crushed red pepper or Parmesan.  Or I could just stop messing with a good thing.  The waffle-cut is perfect for this flavor combo, providing more nooks and crannies for the seasonings to affix to.

And now, the first two combinations I tested last week . . .

Tangy Tandoori Fries

These have been my unofficial favorite since testing began, but when I saw someone else posting on the Alexia Foods Facebook page about creating Tandoori fries and others posting their versions of Indian-spiced fries,  I just don’t know if I want to submit these.  I used a commercial Tandoori seasoning mix for my fries, but you can easily recreate these using some cumin, coriander, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, garam masala, and lemon juice.

Old Bay Crinkle Fries

I discovered Old Bay seasoning a couple years ago and enjoyed it on fish.  Then I started experimenting with it, putting it on popcorn and french fries.  Old Bay seasoning contains an “everything but the kitchen sink” list of spices that all just seem to go together – celery salt, bay leaves, allspice, ginger, cloves, paprika, mustard, nutmeg, mace, red pepper, and cinnamon.  Actually, just looking at that list, one would think I was using some exotic spice blend!  All I know is that I love the zip it adds as it almost challenges to you figure out what exactly makes it taste the way it does.

After tasting all four creations, we couldn’t come up with a definitive favorite.  Our problem was we liked them all.   Mr. Spice liked the black pepper lime, Lopa liked the bruschetta fries and the Old Bay fries,  and I honestly couldn’t make up my mind.

So this is where you come in.  I would LOVE your feedback about which flavor I should choose to submit for the challenge.  I have to submit my entry on Wednesday, so any comments by Tuesday night are greatly appreciated.

Which fry do you want to try?

Disclaimer: Alexia Foods is compensating me for my time and expenses while participating in this challenge, however any opinions expressed on Spice’s Bites are my own.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

brett July 18, 2011 at 7:34 am

Old bay fries are on many menus here in south Jersey. I’m drooling over the bruscbetta fries.

Good luck!

brandi@BranAppetit July 18, 2011 at 9:25 am

ooh, those bruschetta ones and the lime ones sound awesome!

Julia July 18, 2011 at 10:20 am

Lime pepper would entice me to purchase, however I’ll be giving the others a try too.
Do you have a pre made tandoori spice you recommend?

spiceaholic July 19, 2011 at 7:36 am

I like using Rajah brand tandoori masala. I get it at my local Indian grocery stores, but I think you may be able to find it on Amazon. It’s got a great tang to it that I like.

Aiman Masud July 19, 2011 at 2:59 pm

i would definitely pick the bruschetta one but would love it more if I see some bigger tomato bits winking out of the waffle fries!

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