Friday, October 21, 2016

Curry Pumpkin Fries with Black Sesame Garlic Sauce

Let the parade of black and orange food begin...with this, my first official Halloween-y recipe of the season. 

Halloween and Thanksgiving are tied for the honor of being my favorite holidays. In addition to planning my Thanksgiving menu over the entire year,  I spend hours collecting and creating fun recipes for my annual BooTini/HalloweenieTini parties. 

For my Halloween festivities, I make a few themed vodka martinis (candy corn, blood orange, poison apple, etc.) and create a fun and impressive array of spooky looking delicious dishes to impress my guests. 

So here's my spicy and ultra tasty contribution for my next Halloween party. Or yours.

Not having one? This recipe gives you a good excuse to reconsider.

There's a whole lot of flavor going on here. The slightly sweet pumpkin fries are coated in curry powder and the black sesame mayo has a sting of garlic. I was skeptical at first but the whole thing works together beautifully. 

If you want extra flavor, you can toast the sesame seeds in a naked frying pan before grinding them. I'm definitely going to try that next time, as well as roasting the garlic.

I left the fries in the oven for 40 minutes because I like them extra crispy but they should be soft enough to eat after 30. Add more curry powder if you want a spicier, deeper flavor.

Pumpkin fries have so much more flavor than it's poop potato cousin. After tasting these, I almost feel sorry for regular french fries now. 


Curry Pumpkin Fries with Black Sesame Garlic Sauce
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 30-40 minutes
Yield: Serves 4

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 -  2 lb pie pumpkin
  • 2-3 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 5 tablespoons Black sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line a baking sheet with baking or parchment paper
  • Cut the pumpkin into quarters.
  • Remove the seeds and cut out the stringy flesh on each piece. Set aside to seeds to roast later, if desired.
  • Peel the outer skin off of each section , then cut the peeled pieces into french fry shaped pieces.
  • Place the olive oil in a large bowl. add the pumpkin pieces and toss to coat.
  • In a small separate bowl, whisk together the curry powder and kosher salt. Add a few turns of the freshly ground pepper and whisk to combine.
  • Sprinkle the dry spice ingredients over the oil-coated pumpkin and toss to coat evenly.
  • Spread the fries out on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Place the sesame seeds and olive oil in a food processor and pulse until it forms a paste. Don't worry if there are still whole sesame seeds, Add the garlic clove and the mayonnaise and pulse until combined. 
  • Transfer to a small bowl and serve with the warm pumpkin fries. 

1 comment:

  1. These fries sound amazing....what cute party ideas.


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