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So – today just so happens to be my birthday, and that means I’m dreaming of all the yummy birthday treats I’m going to enjoy this week (because you celebrate your birthday for an entire week, right???). I decided to kick off the celebration by making a platter of crispy, delicious, sweet and spicy Thai style french fries. You’re DEFINITELY going to want to get in on this goodness!
I’ll be honest: there is no way I’m going to hand cut french fries from scratch in my kitchen nowadays. Plus – if there is an option out there that is 1 – already delicious, and 2 – helps me get my dish on the table quickly, why mess with it? I am all about an easy and flavorful shortcut, and Grown In Idaho® fries are just the ticket! When I think of potatoes, Idaho always comes to mind. Grown In Idaho® fries are the gold standard when it comes to potatoes. They cook up beautifully in our air fryer. I love how the air fryer makes my fries golden brown and crispy, like they’re fresh from the fryer…but with no fuss of all the oil involved in traditional frying! I was skeptical when we first purchased our appliance, but I have used it at least once a week since we brought it home! Totally worth it!
Let’s put it all together
It all starts with the Grown In Idaho® fries. You can find them in the freezer section – I picked mine up at Publix alongside the other frozen potato products! You can recognize them easily because they feature the Grown in Idaho certification mark on the bag! There are a number of varieties to choose from: these sweet and spicy Thai style french fries will be amazing with ANY of the frozen fries or puffs, but for today I selected the Hand-Cut Style Fries. They are wonderfully crispy on the outside, but tender, full and fluffy on the inside with real Idaho potato taste. Just the way I like it! I also picked up a bag of the Super Crispy Shoestring Fries for my next batch, because I personally LOVE a thin fry!
The beauty of this dish is that it is SUPER easy to put together, but packs a nice flavor punch and extra color with the herbs and aioli. They’re still french fries as you know them, but with a slightly different flavor profile than you’d get with traditional ketchup to dip! From start to finish, I put this dish together in less than 20 minutes. While the fries were crisping up in the air fryer, I stirred together my aioli, chopped the cashews and herbs, and had it all ready to go as soon as the potatoes were ready in their golden glory!
You’ve got to dip…and drizzle
Let’s talk about this sesame sriracha aioli for a second. I recommend drizzling about 1/2 to 2/3 on the fries and saving the rest on the side for dipping. Because – you’re also going to want to dip, am I right????
These sweet and spicy Thai style french fries are an amazing side dish with your dinner, or they’re an awesome option to serve up at a party. Just make up a big platter of these potatoes and watch them disappear in minutes flat. That’s exactly what happened at our house when I presented this beautiful batch to my family. Super Crispy Superhero, indeed.
So – what are you waiting for? Get yourself to the store immediately and make a platter of these delicious fries ASAP! And, if you’re looking for even more potato inspiration, make sure you visit the Grown in Idaho website, follow them on Facebook, and enjoy their photos on Instagram!
Which french fry or potato puff are you going to try first?
- 1 bag Grown In Idaho® fries (I chose Hand-Cut style)
- ½ cup mayonnaise (I use olive oil mayo)
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds (plus 1 more for sprinkling on finished dish)
- 1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
- ¼ cup roasted cashews, chopped
- salt and pepper
- First, prepare the french fries. Cook according to package instructions. If using an air fryer, place french fries in an even layer and select the french fry setting. Toss the fries 1-2 times during the cooking process to crisp evenly.
- While the french fries are cooking, make the sesame sriracha aioli. In a bowl, combine the mayonnaise, white wine vinegar, sriracha sauce, and 1 tbsp of sesame seeds. Stir until incorporated: add salt and pepper to taste.
- Wash the fresh herbs and finely chop.
- Coarsely chop the cashews.
- When the french fries are done cooking, place in a serving dish or platter. Drizzle with ½ to ⅔ of the aioli (save some on the side for dipping!) and a tablespoon of sweet chili sauce. Sprinkle with the fresh herbs and the chopped cashews. Serve immediately, and ENJOY!