The idea behind this dish came from hearing about this burger place in Tallinn, Estonia, were they serve fries with kimchi, sesame seeds and coriander! And when I heard about these magical sounding fries, I knew I had to make my own version of this dish!
My version has sweet potato fries, as I prefer sweet potato fries to normal fries. And instead of using kimchi, I made my spicy sauerkraut, which basically is just sriracha and sauerkraut (which should be a plain sauerkraut, not one seasoned with cumin seeds or something like that).
I also added a little bit of mayo this time to make it more creamy and well, more tasty.
If you want your spicy sweet potato fries extra crispy, the best way to make them is to soak them in water for a couple of hours and lightly toss them in corn flour.
But if you are short on time, you don’t need to do the whole soaking. It will still be tasty (tried and tested)!
These spicy sweet potato fries are great on their own or as a side to a burger or some grilled chicken or salmon!
- 1 sweet potato 300 g
- 1 tbsp cornflour
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tbsp neutral oil e.g rapeseed oil.
- 60 g around 1 cup plain sauerkraut
- 1-2 tsp sriracha depends on how hot you like it
- 1 tbsp mayonaise or less
- Handful of coriander (cilantro)
- Sesame seeds white and black
Peel the sweet potato and cut it into strips.
Soak the sweet potato strips in cold water for 2 hours.
After 2 hours, preheat the oven to 225C/ gas mark 7. Drain the sweet potato strips from the water in a big sieve and pat dry the sweet potato with clean kitchen cloths! (make sure you pat dry them really well as the drier they are - the crispier they will be!)
Place the sweet potato strips in a big plastic bag. Sprinkle cornflower over the fries in the bag and give it a good shake, so the sweet potato strips are lightly covered in cornflour.
Place the strips in a lined baking tray, making sure that they don't overlap.
Drizzle oil over the strips and sprinkle the spices over the fries.
Bake in the oven for 10-15 min, flip them over and make for another 10-15 minutes, or until golden.
Remove from the oven, add salt to taste.
Whilst the fries are baking, prepare the sririacha sauerkraut by combining sriracha, sauerkraut and mayo. Add salt to taste.
Serve the fries with sriracha sauerkraut on top and top with fresh coriander (cilantro) and sesame seeds. Eat immediately!
*You can skip the whole soaking part if you're short on time. If so, don't add any cornflour, only spices and bake them accordingly to the recipe.
**Make vegan by using vegan mayonnaise