Spice up your life

Spice up your life!

So yesterday popped to @aldiuk for some fresh food to make dinner! I had been sent pico sauces to try (gifted) and wanted to get creative – this is one of the meals I came up with.

I marinaded a steak with the ghost pepper sauce to give it a bit of a kick, added some smokey cheese melted on top and sliced avocado in a panini (tasted so good!)

Made an easy salad with vine ripened tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce sprinkled with a bit of Himalayan salt.

Sweet potato fries which you can buy already made or make yourself and used the Pico Punjabi ketchup.

How to make sweet potato fries:

1. Cut evenly-sized fries: About 1/4-inch thick, to be exact. This will help avoid having fries that are over- or under-cooked, and will help them be the proper size to get nice and crispy.

2. Give them a cold water bath: Once your fries are chopped, toss them into a large bowl. Then cover the fries completely with cold water and let them soak for at least 30 minutes. This will help to rinse off the excess starch and help the potatoes crisp up beautifully in the oven. Once the potatoes have soaked, rinse and drain them. Then use a towel to pat them down until they are nice and dry before moving onto the next step.

3. Coat with cornstarch: a secret ingredient that helps achieve that perfectly crispy exterior on a variety of baked recipes, and it’s essential with baked fries. Whisk together the cornstarch and dry seasonings (garlic powder, smoked paprika and black pepper) and toss them with the fries, after they have been coated in oil.

4. Wait on the salt: add it on at the very end.

5: Use parchment paper: This will help prevent the fries from sticking and help them crisp up nicely. You can also just bake these on a greased cooking sheet.

6. Place in an even layer and try not to completely crowd the pan.

7. Bake at high heat: This will help the fries to get nice and crispy.

8. Take the time to flip all of the fries

9. Remove the pan from the oven and transfer it to a cooling rack.

10. Season with salt.

11. Enjoy!

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