It's FRIDAY, and with the weekend ahead, I think it's time for some fries, but not just any fries . . . oh noooo. . . we're talking Spiralized Potatoes with Bacon Curly Fries!
Back when I was on my elimination diet to figure out what was going on with my skin, I kept meaning to get a spiralizer. "I'll make zoodles! And sweet potato noodles! I'll be so healthy!" I thought.
Almost 10 long months later, I finally got a spiralizer. It is ALL that AND a bag of (somewhat healthier, spiralized) chips, my friends!
The awesome people at OXO (whose kitchen tools I love and use daily) gave me the Oxo Good Grips Hand-Held Spiralizer to try out. It's often suggested that you always first try out spiralizers using zucchini.
Therefore, I went straight to the mighty potato.
My son declared these spiralized potatoes with bacon "The Best Thing EVER!" after I made them the first time -- and then he requested them again for dinner the following night. That's a pretty solid testimonial and huge thumbs up from discerning taste buds! My daughter also likes these fries, but my son? L-O-V-E-S them.
I love these because they are so easy to make, they're crispy but slightly greasy as all fries should be, and they have a nice slightly smoky flavor thanks to the bacon fat. Mmmm...bacon fat. We'll get to that later. First, let's chat about this cool little kitchen tool, because I know it was totally new to me and it might be to you, too.
How to Use a Hand-Held Spiralizer
If you think spiralizers are hard to use or have to cost a lot & take up space to work well, think again. The OXO Hand-Held Spiralizer is SO easy to use!
1. Cut the ends off of each fruit/vegetable to make sure the ends are flat and even.
2. Take the green lid off the top, and place the food to be spiralized right in the middle of the top.
3. Then twist the fruit/veggie clockwise, applying pressure so that it goes through and gets cut into those awesome spirals. Keep going until you reach the end.
Toward the end, you might want to use the top part of the spiralizer that you took off: the part with the handle on top and little spikes on bottom. This is the food holder, and can help save precious fingers from getting spiralized.
Because nobody wants spiralized fingers, folks. Nobody.
I am totally in love with my latest kitchen tool. It's cute and compact shape makes it super easy to store in a kitchen drawer.
Okay, now onto this week's Food Bliss recipe: Bacon Curly Fries. Or, as I am calling them: Baconized Spiralized Crispy Curly Fries.
The secret to making these curly fries, or any fries, crispy is immersing them in a big bowl of water for anywhere from 10-30 minutes beforehand. This helps separate the starch, which allows these beautiful spirals to bake up nice and crispy in the oven. After the potatoes have had their bath, you then want to gently dry them really well between two paper towels.
The bacon in the Spiralized Potatoes with Bacon Curly Fries recipe comes from bacon fat. If you don't have a jar of bacon fat in your fridge, 1) we need to talk, because this stuff is GOLD and it makes so many recipes taste even better, and 2) you can always cook 3-4 strips of bacon, then use the bacon drippings from that for this recipe.
Spiralized Potatoes with Bacon Crispy Curly Fries
I seriously want more of these bacon curly fries right now as I type. They are SO good! Try them! And if you have kids, I bet they will love them too, just like my kids do!
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Spiralize one large baking potato according to manufacturer directions.
- Soak potatoes in a large bowl of water for at least 10 minutes
- Drain potatoes and dry gently between two paper towels.
- If you'd like shorter strands, cut potato strings to desired length.
- Return potatoes to the large bowl. Add olive oil, melted bacon fat, salt, pepper, and paprika.Using your hands gently toss the potatoes and oil mix until well blended.
- Spread potatoes evenly onto a baking sheet, taking care not to overcrowd the potatoes.
- Sprinkle desired amount of sea salt over the entire baking sheet of potatoes.
- Bake in the oven for 8 minutes. At 8 minutes, take them out and flip the potatoes over. Return to oven and bake for another 7-9 minutes.
- Remove from oven and carefully transfer curly fries onto 3 layers of paper towels to soak up some of the oil. If desired, sprinkle chopped parsley over curly fries.
- Serve immediately.
NOTE 2: Watch the potatoes during the last half of the baking time very carefully! They go from looking somewhat done to DONE very quickly. Mine are done at 15 minutes, but my oven also cooks slightly faster than most. Yours should be done anywhere between 15 and 18 minutes, also depending on how crispy you like your curly fries. Enjoy!
Have you used a spiralizer before? What's your favorite fruit or vegetable to use with a spiralizer?
Thanks to OXO for sending me this awesome hand-held spiralizer to try out and use in this recipe. All opinions, recipes, and photos are, as always, my own. This post contains affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy for details.