Oh boy. Do I have an assignment for you.
A bunch of us food bloggers were challenged by Alexia Foods to “Reinvent a Classic” The classic in this case is a bag of their famous frozen french fries. The company has ten different varieties, from Yukon Gold to Spicy Sweet Potato, and now they’re looking to create an eleventh gourmet flavor, to be added to their product line in 2012.
Knowing you Cheeky readers are among the finest looking and most creative of all blog readers, I thought we could totally throw this contest down.
So, here’s how it works. Last week, while kicking it in SoCal with my little sis, we pushed a cart straight into the frozen foods section of her local grocery store and picked up every last flavor and size of Alexia French Fry they carried.
Then, we scoured the spices and walked up and down the aisles of the store, looking for inspiration. Little sis, Holly, is a totally brilliant cook, so I knew we were in good hands with any of her ideas. Including the Sweet Potato Marshmallow Fries. Heck yeah, right?
Once we had all of the cuts and flavor options piled into the basket, we ran home and tossed a slew of totally fabulous french-fry creations together. From Thai-inspired to these Fajita Fries, I’m going to unveil our creations from last week each day this week until Friday (or shall we say….FRY day! Ha!) when I unveil the FAVORITE, official, Cheeky Kitchen french fry for the Alexia contest.
One thing: we only made four fry flavors (all of them wildly fab, might I say) but nonetheless, I don’t yet have enough recipes on tap to make it all the way to fry day. So, I need YOU to offer up a slew of suggestions. Leave me a comment and tell me what you think of each flavor? What would you add? What would you take away? What flavor of fry am I totally missing that we should add to this world of ours?
To make the process as exciting as a Choose-Your-Own Adventure novel, Alexia passed along their Ultimate French Fry creation guide. When pulling together ideas, you don’t have to stick to the ingredients on this list, but feel free to use it as a great guideline for flavor awesomeness.
Okay, you ready?
Then, Step 3 is Choose Your Flavor combo!
Then, go and make these Fajita Fries tonight. Toss them together, serve ’em up with your favorite Fish Tacos or Authentic Taqueria Recipe.
Fajita-Lime French Fries
1 bag Alexia Foods Wedge Fries
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried cilantro leaves
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
Place Alexia Fries in a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine all dried spices. Stir together, then sprinkle over the french fries. Stir to coat the fries evenly with the spice mixture. Squeeze lime juice over the mixture.
Bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until fries are golden brown. Serve with sour cream and salsa for dipping. Or, try this fantastic Creamy Avocado Dip. Yum!
Disclaimer: Alexia Foods is compensating me for my time and the ingredients. Still, french fries are king, so don’t be a hater. Share your splendid ideas by leaving a comment, then go grab a $1.00 off coupon over at the Alexia Facebook Page. To spy keep tabs on what all the other bloggers are doing, get connected with the Twitter Hashtag at #AlexiaFoods. (Then tell me all their secrets. We gonna take those competitors down.)