Arby’s Curly Fries
If you love Arby’s Curly Fries and fun cooking projects, particularly with kids but haven’t got a twin curl cutter, pick up a cheap (less than $5) twin curl cutter in a cookware shop or on a Web site that sells kitchen equipment. The twin curl cutter, which looks a bit like a knitting needle with a turn key attachment, is commonly packaged as part of a garnishing kit. Once you get the hang of making these whimsical spuds, you’ll never go straight again!
- 1 3/4 teaspoons salt, divided
- 4 russet potatoes (8 ounces each; 2 pounds total), peeled
- Olive oil spray
- 2 1⁄2 tablespoons egg substitute
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons unbleached or all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 ⁄4 teaspoon cayenne
- 1 ⁄8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 ⁄8 teaspoon onion powder
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 60mins
Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add 1 teaspoon salt.
Meanwhile, with a twin curl cutter, cut 7 ounces of potato curls, about 2 cups. Cover with water and refrigerate the scraps for one more recipe.
Preheat the oven to 450°F.
Lightly mist a small nonstick baking sheet with oil spray. Set aside.
Transfer the potato curls to the boiling water. Cook for precisely 3 minutes but no longer or they will break. Drain in a colander. Set aside for about 5 minutes to cool.
Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine the egg substitute, flour, paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder, and the remaining 3⁄4 teaspoon salt.
With a fork, mix until well blended. Add the potatoes. Toss them with your fingers until they’re coated with the seasoning mixture. Transfer, allowing any excess seasoning mixture to drip off, to the reserved baking sheet.
Arrange the potatoes, not touching, in a single layer. Lightly mist with oil spray. Bake for 18 to 24 minutes, turning them about midway through, until crisp and cooked through.
Makes 1 serving
235 calories, 9 g protein, 47 g carbohydrates, 2 g fat, trace sat. fat, 4 g fiber
Original Arby’s Small Curly Fries: 340 calories, 4g protein, 39 g carbohydrates, 18 g fat, 2.5 g sat. fat, 4 g fiber
Don’t have the time (or patience) to curve the fries? Simply cut 7 ounces (about 2 cups) of 1/4″-thick potato sticks using a regular chef’s knife. Prepare according to recipe directions.