Sweet potato fries with a dipping good twist

Like all good expat families, our kitchen is divided.  In one corner we have team Ketchup, in the other team Mayo, and oddly enough we have a few stuck firmly in the middle, choosing to divvy up their dipping bowl with equal portions of both.  While I still wave the flag for team Ketchup, I am a closet fan of peanut butter and fries, a hangers-on from my single days in London that caught on after too many Friday nights spend sitting at my favorite gastro-pub with my best girlfriends.  The gradual shame of being at a table with the lone bowl of Ketchup does amazing things to your palate….(cue the Lemmings).  The creamy  aromatic spice of the peanut butter, blended with the salty crunchy fry was love at first bite.  My only regret is that following that first bite, my Friday night routine for a year consisted of peanut butter, fries and red wine; a combination that single handedly resulted in my first pair of Spanx, but I digress……..

When Alexia Foods asked me to create a recipe using their sweet potato fries, I was immediately drawn to pair them with a North African dip — a natural progression since we eat a Moroccan inspired stew nearly every week in the winter, and more often than not, I toss in a few sweet potatoes to give it color and texture.  But a funny thing happened on the way to the oven…I tripped over my peanut butter jar and the next thing I knew, I was giving the sweet potato fries the peanut better taste test.  Naturally, I loved it with both dips, so here we are, a platter  full of sweet potato fries and 2 dipping bowls with very different flavors.

Asian Nut Dip

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups of creamy natural peanut butter
  • 3 Tablespoons of Sesame Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce
  • Zest of 1 Naval Orange
  • 1 Birdseye Chile finely diced (Also called Thai or Peri Peri Chile)
  • 1 Tablespoon of chopped Cilantro
  • 1 Tablespoon of Sesame Seeds

Instructions

  1. Mix the ingredients in a mixing bowl until it is a smooth and fully blended. Garnish with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and fresh coriander before serving.

Notes

Recipe by Coryanne Ettiene | 2013 | Kitchen Living with Coryanne

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Moroccan Herb Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 Can of chickpeas strained and rinsed
  • 1/4 Cup of fresh coriander
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of ground Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon of ground Paprika
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of ground Turmeric
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of ground Coriander
  • The juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1/2 Cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Tahini

Instructions

  1. Add the chickpeas, olive oil and Tahini to a blender and blitz until chopped. Add the juice of the lemon, spices and Tahini, and then blitz until smooth. Remove from the blender and place into a serving bowl, garnish with whole chickpeas, paprika and olive oil before serving.

Notes

Recipe by Coryanne Ettiene | 2013 | Kitchen Living with Coryanne

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