Spicy Carrot Fries w/Tzatziki Sauce

in Appetizers, Sides, Snacks

Something happened when I started this food blog…all my (boy) friends (a.k.a. friends who happen to be boys) started texting/calling me with their cooking questions.

I’m not sure what it was per se that piqued their interest in cooking since most of them didn’t care a few years ago.  I kinda think it had to do with growing tired of their typical take-out and fast food options..but mostly…it was to cook for girls.

I couln’t really blame them? I mean…boys cooking = cuteness.

I’d get calls like, “hey, I have two eggs, one sweet potato and garlic in the fridge…what can I cook?” They’d call with questions about roasting vegetables, how to cook bacon, what roasting actually means, etc…and then they got the hang of it…and umm…it’s really cute. Now, I get texts (all of the time!) of pictures of what they’ve cooked.

1. The first pic of filet wrapped bacon with a side of potatoes au gratin.  This is a huge step for my friend Ian. One time he told me he was giving up fast food and then opened up his freezer to show me all the Lean Cuisines and Stoeffers meals. He wanted approval. Umm…

2. Second picture is total show-off city. My friend Ryan got all fancy with his omelet and Sriracha. He’s a cooking pro (sort of) and makes some of my fav guacamole ever. His secret: crushed cumin seeds, which he pronounces in another way to be crude. I laugh every time…mainly because deep down I’m four years old.

3. Third picture is my friend Justin bragging…his girl makes him vegetarian chili.  Girls cooking for boys is equally cute.

4. And then, after four (separate) calls on how to make sweet potato fries, Justin got all crazy and put ‘em in some fish tacos. Kind of genius. Let’s be nice and just ignore the burnt ones.

5. & 6. Travis eats super healthy.  He sends me pictures of healthy food made delicious. Some sauteed shrimp with peas and carrots. And the other picture is a tofu patty he made with rosemary carrot fries?

Can I be honest? I don’t even like carrots. And boiled carrots? #vom

But I wanted to give them a try.

I thought them in a spicy variety would be delicious. Curry, cumin powder, a little cayenne and salt.

I peeled them and cut them into batons.

Transfered them to a bowl and added a few tablespoons of olive oil and spices.

Toss. Tumble.

Baking sheet. Spread ‘em out evenly.

I made a tzatziki sauce, which I have to google every time to get the spelling down.

Pretty standard: dill, greek yogurt, lemon, cucumber and sour cream. Delicious and refreshing.

Perfect combination with the spicy, curriness from the fries.

#boom!

Spicy Carrot Fries with Tzaziki Sauce

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Yields enough for 8 people

Spicy Carrot Fries:

6-8 small carrots, peeled and cut into batons

3 tablespoons of olive oil

2 teaspoon of curry powder (if you’re adverse to heat, scale back to 1 teaspoon)

1/2 teaspoon of cayenne

1 teaspoon of salt

1 1/2 teaspoon of cumin powder

Tzatziki Sauce:

1 cucumber, peeled and diced

1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice (or juice from 1/2 lemon)

7 ounces of whole greek yogurt (one small container of Fage)

2 tablespoons of dill

3 tablespoons of sour cream

1 teaspoon of salt

Pre-heat oven to 425F.

In a large bowl, toss carrots with olive oil, curry powder, cayenne, salt and cumin powder. Evenly spread out on a baking sheet being sure that the carrots don’t overlap. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until golden brown.

For the tzatziki sauce add all of the ingredients to a food processor and blend until thoroughly incorporated. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

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d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo June 15, 2011 at 6:28 am

These look so tasty! I’m making them tonight. Actually, my boyfriend is making dinner (his family pot roast), and I’m going to bring them as a side – a perfect complement to your post!

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d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo June 15, 2011 at 6:29 am

Oh, but I’m going to make my “skinny” tzatziki instead: http://yellebellyboo.blogspot.com/2011/04/chicken-souvlaki-pita-with-skinny.html

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Jen of My Tiny Oven June 15, 2011 at 8:06 am

This is such a great idea! LOVE Tzatziki. The spicy carrots just look amazing! Thanks for sharing!!

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Apollina June 15, 2011 at 9:06 am

I don’t like carrots either but I think I could do these:) I love your recipe ideas, thank you for blogging them!

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Katrina June 15, 2011 at 9:59 am

Well luckily for me I’m a big fan of carrots! These sound so lovely :)

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NicoleD June 15, 2011 at 10:51 am

Sounds addicting! That’s so funny that your guy friends are asking for cooking advice. So cute.

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Joanne June 15, 2011 at 11:03 am

My guy friends are also asking me to TEACH them how to cook…by which they mean, I stand by the stove stirring and chopping while they watch. Ha.

These carrot fries sound fantastic! I love that they are both spicy and cooling from the tzatziki!

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Sandrine June 15, 2011 at 11:03 am

I have a whole bunch of carrots sitting in the fridge and guess what will happen to them tonight! Never would have thought of it .. but I did the same with aubergines just cut them into slices, threw a few spices over them and whoosh into the baking hot oven … yummy

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Kat June 15, 2011 at 12:14 pm

That’s hilarious! My friends send me pictures of their food, too. Just the other day my sister snapped me a pic of her “tzatziki pasta.” I bet it’d be awesome with these carrots!

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Sandrine June 16, 2011 at 2:06 am

So I tried them yesterday evening and as the carrots I had left weren’t enough I added green beans. Coated them with a Harissa, Curry, Salt and olive oil mixture. They were delicious!

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Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook June 16, 2011 at 6:40 am

I like Carrots but don’t eat enough of them, and I eat too many french fries. This is a great recipe because it’s healthy and tasty!

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Eri June 17, 2011 at 6:10 pm

I have been making different kinds of salads. Panzanella, Southwestern style chicken salad, fruit salad… I just kind of throw stuff together that sound good and make my own dressings. They are so good!!!

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Dana June 20, 2011 at 10:34 am

I love this idea! And I have carrots kicking around the house. Thanks for the idea!

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hat methi June 20, 2011 at 11:04 pm

This is such a great idea! LOVE Tzatziki. The spicy carrots just look amazing! Thanks for sharing!!

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Susan June 21, 2011 at 9:45 am

I could pretty much eat Tzatziki on anything! When I lived by myself and there was no one to judge me I used to eat it on saltines…
I always have a few carrot languishing in my fridge and a never ending craving for fries, so thanks for the idea!
Beautiful photos!

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RavenousRoamer June 22, 2011 at 10:15 am

These look mouthwatering, delicious. I love the idea of combining spice on the carrots and the cool/freshness of Tzatziki. This would be awesome for a snack or with a gyro. Yum! Thanks for this idea

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Kaitlyn June 22, 2011 at 1:08 pm

just made these with my lunch! they were awesome!! loved the combination of the spices and the dipping sauce was such a great and creative accompaniment. i used a Trader Joe’s pre-made dip that i had on hand but next time ill be sure to try your recipe for that as well. :)

thanks for sharing!!!

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Erica July 13, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Made your recipe last night with some falafel – absolutely loooooooove them! Thanks for sharing!

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