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Crispy Baked Curly Fries

January 31, 2020

Want to know the key to the perfect crispy baked curly fries? Just a few simple ingredients to make these spiralized potato fries that crisp up for the most delicious side dish or dinner party treat.

curly fries

Do you have a spiralizer? I vividly remember when I got mine… we were living in Canada at the time but I had the brilliant idea to ship it to Lee since I was going to be in the U.S. the next week. What I didn’t think through was that I might not be able to take a bunch of blades into my carry-on bag onto the plane… Shout out to C’s mom for shipping my beloved spiralizer home for me! Not my most brilliant move.

It’s since moved back across the border and into two different homes. I’ll be honest, I don’t use it as much as I used to now that the craze has died down, but zoodles and curly fries are definitely my go-to when I do whip it out!

So How do You Cut Curly Fries?

You need the magic tool: a spiralizer! I have had mine for over 5 years and am still just as in love with it. You start by cutting off the ends of your potatoes so a flat surface sits between both of the spiralizer ends. Select the blade you want to use (I prefer using the one with the larger triangles and spiralize away. Easy peasy.

Now let’s chat ingredients


Ingredients in Baked Curly Fries

These curly fries use just a couple simple ingredients!

  • large potatoes (stick to white or russet for the best results)
  • olive or avocado oil
  • sea salt
  • fresh herbs (my go-to is rosemary)


Tips for Making Curly Fries

To make these curly fries you need just 3 simple things:

1. Use the right potatoes – as I mentioned, white or russet are best because they’re starchier and hold their shape better.

2. DO NOT OVERCROWD – you’ll want to split your curly fries onto two trays. The more crowded they are the less crispy they will be

3. No need to peel – Just chop and spiralize to perfection.

4. Remove crispier fries and put back in oven the ones that need more time. Not all will cook at the same time so you need to watch them carefully.


Crispy Baked Curly Fries

Want to know the key to the perfect crispy baked curly fries? Just a few simple ingredients to make these spiralized potato fries that crisp up for the most delicious side dish or dinner party treat.

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes.
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 2 large white or russet potatoes, washed & dried
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • optional: 2 tbsp chopped, fresh herbs i.e. rosemary or thyme*


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Spiralize both potatoes (I use this sprializer) using the blade with the larger triangles.
  3. Using scissors or a knife cut the potato “strings” into smaller bite-sized fries.
  4. Add to a bowl and coat with olive oil or avocado oil.
  5. Spread out over two parchment-lined baking sheets. You will need to use two as you do not want to overcrowd potatoes.
  6. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  7. Place trays in oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven, flip fries as best as you can removing any fries that have already crisped up*
  9. Bake for another 8-10 minutes.
  10. Remove trays and serve hot.

*if you would like to add fresh herbs, sprinkle over fries in between baking so before you place them back in the oven for 8-10 minutes

Enjoy these recipes with your curly fries:


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  • Reply
    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    August 31, 2014 at 5:09 am

    I think Meg and I might die.

    You know this is getting added to the list, right? Also, never too many po-tay-toes.

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      [email protected]
      September 3, 2014 at 1:40 am


      I’d like to face plant right into a bowl of these.

      Growing up as a kid, curly fries always came with a side of vinegar and salt. The sassier the better, I say.

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      November 24, 2016 at 11:02 am

      The spiralizer has been my best and healthiest investment EVER! I love making curly fries or curly sweet potato fries! Delicious.

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    August 31, 2014 at 5:45 am

    I haven’t bought a spiralizer yet. I want to only to make these potatoes. Otherwise I save the zoodles for restaurants because as much as I like ordering them, I am with you that I probably won’t love them at home because somehow I will cook it wrong and it will be watery (which it sometimes is in restaurants too)…I totally try to score deals online and then end up getting hit with random charges like the forgetting to unsubscribe to free trials which I think are saving me money. But then I just argue the charges and refuse to pay lol.

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      Pam Fuller
      December 22, 2019 at 4:33 am

      Don’t cook beforehand when adding to recipes and they won’t be watery, only need about 5 mins

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    Tina Muir
    August 31, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Damnit Davida! i was just saying yesterday how a spiralizer was the only kitchen equipment I didnt have, but wanted…..and I said “its okay, I will just use my julienne peeler, I don’t NEED that”…..but now I do! However will I make curly fries as beautiful as yours without it?! Yum!

    By the way, I also forgot to cancel amazon prime and had to pay….but I think you can cancel within 5 days…..if it has been less than that?

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    August 31, 2014 at 7:03 am

    I made this exact dish this summer! Except I used sweet potatoes of course 😛

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    August 31, 2014 at 9:08 am

    So basically, the only regular french fries I will eat out of a bag are the spiral ones because they are SO MUCH BETTER than regular fries. And I love the idea of making them at home! I don’t own a spiralizer, mainly because I have trouble seeing myself actually liking zoodles. But now that I can make these….I may have changed my mind 😉

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    Michele @ paleorunningmomma
    August 31, 2014 at 9:09 am

    I definitely know the next thing I’m making with my spiralizer! The pictures are incredible, if they taste half as good as the pictures look I’ll be happy!

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    Nicole @ Squash on Squash
    August 31, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    These are so cute! Funny how the shape of something can make it taste so much better (like baby carrots vs grown up(?) carrots)

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    August 31, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    That sounds like something I would do… At least you got some sexy curly fries out of this right?
    These look pretty bad man – rosemary is one of my favourites – so friggin good!
    I do not have a spiralizer, sadly. I gave myself a kitchen tools ban pre Australia – can’t get anything out there without it costing the Earth. As soon as I arrive, I am locating the nearest department store and getting a blender and food processor and perhaps a spiralizer now I have seen these little bites of heaven…

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      Madelyn Hall
      May 23, 2020 at 6:55 pm

      I love rosemary too, but tonight I’m going to make Italian fries: minced garlic in the oil, some dried Italian herb mix with the sea salt, and then some fresh grated Parmesan on top for serving. Doesn’t it just make your mouth water?

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    Laura Miles
    August 31, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    This recipe looks so good! I basically make the same thing, but using sweet potatoes. I toss it in coconut oil and sprinkle with sea salt, pepper, and cinnamon before baking. Sometimes even drizzle with honey when I’m feeling wild. HIGHLY recommend 🙂 I will be trying this version soon!

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    August 31, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Curly fries were my JAM in middle school. I hope this helps in my plead for spirailizer!

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    Sam @ PancakeWarriors
    August 31, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    I just ordered my spiralizer and can’t wait to try this! Thanks for the recipe these look amazing!!

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    August 31, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    I am definitely going to try this as well as with sweet potatoes like Rebecca mentioned. In the meantime, I wanted to tell you to try the spiralized zucchini without cooking it. I don’t have a spiralizer but I have used a serrated peeler and a mandolin to make strips of zucchini roughly the size of spaghetti noodles. The serrated peeler gives a more flexible strip while the mandolin gave a firmer strip. With the firmer strips, I sprinkled with a bit of kosher salt, tossed a bit with my fingers and let it sit for a few short minutes. This resulted in the softer strips I was looking for. I tossed with a bit of olive oil and pepper and it was excellent with no further adornment. I have also made this salad with avocado and edamame, which made for a nice, quick and very fresh lunch. http://www.skinnytaste.com/2014/05/spiralized-raw-zucchini-salad-with.html

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    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape
    September 1, 2014 at 6:21 am

    Oh no! That is an epic fail! totally the reason I resist that prime free trial, I know I would forget too!

    I really want a spiralizer, one day I will get around to getting one! In the mean time I use my peeler to make ribbon zoodles ! I then place them in boiled water to sit for 5 mins, drain and then add to my stir fry etc. so no actual boiling and it works really well – hoping that would apply to spiralized zoodles too!!

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    September 1, 2014 at 7:46 am

    I just got a spiralizer also! So we can be twins in trying to figure this whole spiralizing thing out. I am definitely giving these shoestring curly fries a try.

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    Cailee @ http://hellohealthyeating.com
    September 1, 2014 at 9:13 am

    YUM! These look amazing!! So cute and curly!! I love fun food!! 🙂 Great job girl!!

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    Miss Polkadot
    September 1, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Curly fries?! How have I never had those before?? Now my life won’t be complete again until I do. Where to get a spiralizer soon now?
    The only similar story to your spiralizer experience I can think of right now is when a company shipped me a huge package of samples – technically- free of charge. Too bad customs think differently and I had to pay a LOT of fees. Major let-down.

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    September 1, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Hahaha you are too funny. I actually have a funny story about my spiralizer too. I asked for one and got one for Christmas this year, but when I was cleaning out my garage a few weeks ago I realized I already had one that I had bought at a garage sale for $2 several years ago (and it was brand new – never opened). Oops!

    I’m not the biggest fan of zoodles either – I’ve made them twice, and each time I got a stomach ache from all the fibre! So I retired my spiralizer and haven’t touched it in months… but this recipe looks like a good reason to dig it out again!

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    September 1, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    This is the story of my life. When I think I’m winning, I’m actually getting myself into some silly situation that makes me feel like a dunce. Like just now— I decided I wanted to walk over about a mile to the prettiest study lounge on campus, but 3 minutes into the walk, I realized my awesome white shorts kept riding up, making me feel like I was mooning the world. So I had to go all the way back up to my dorm and change into athletic shorts. And now I’m not at the pretty study lounge because of all the time wasted.
    BUT I’m reading your blog and I LOVE CRISPY FRIES!!!

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    September 1, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Yum!!! I don’t have a spirilizer because I’m pretty sure it would end up like some of the other kitchen gadgets that I “had” to have but now I want one!!!

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    Lauren @ ihadabiglunch
    September 1, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Holy crap. This recipe alone is reason for me to hop on Amazon and buy a spiralizer. Fries are my favorite and these look to die for!

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    Parita @ myinnershakti
    September 1, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    I need an spiralizer pronto!!! These fries look extra crispy – just the way I like them!

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    September 1, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Can you come over and make these for me (I’ll provide the spiralizer so TSA doesn’t confiscate it… omg I have to tell you about how I got confiscated out of security on Friday!) and I’ll provide the wine? K thanks. See you in a few hours.

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    Nikki @ The Road to Less Cake
    September 2, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Why have I never thought of doing this with my spiralizer?
    Your story sounds like something I would do.

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    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
    September 2, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I don’t do the white potatoes… but I’d be allover this with a sweet ‘tater! Love curly fries.

    As far as “zoodles,” I’ve never actually cooked mine. I just toss them with hummus or whatever sauce I want before adding any other veggie or protein I’m eating. So good!

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    Sarah Grace
    September 2, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Such a smart idea to use a spirilizer to make the curly fries so crispy! Mmm!
    xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N Healthy.

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    Melissa @ Mango About Town
    September 3, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    On top of an awesome fry recipe this reminded me to cancel my free Prime subscription… haha

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    September 5, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    I.want.these.right.NOW! At first I thought that these were zucchini fries, which are like my favorite ever…. but they look so yummy! I totally want a spiralizer and think I might put it on my Christmas gift list.

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    September 7, 2014 at 8:04 am

    I’ve been on the fence about a spiralizer (do I reeeeally need one?) basically since I started blogging. This changes everything. I genuinely only thought I could/would use it for zoodles, and I’m happy to eat my zucchini sliced. Maybe Santa will bring me one so I can eat all the curly fries.

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    Christine @ Ciao Veggie
    September 8, 2014 at 9:58 am

    LOL my entire motivation for ordering a spiralizer was curly fries and onion strings! I don’t even like zucchini! I am going to have to follow your blog now and see what other non-zoodle ideas you come up with 🙂

    So, you may have worked this out by now, but I am 99% sure you can cancel Amazon Prime at any point and get a partial refund? I also made this exact same fail once, also sending something to Amazon US when I was going to visit family there, but I got a full refund because I never used it after the payment was made! This was a number of years ago so they may have changed it but it’s worth a try!

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    Alysia @ Slim Sanity
    December 10, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Did the spiralizer work well for the potatoes? I’ve heard that some of the cheaper spiralizers only work for the softer veggies like zucchini. But I guess my friend did try a sweet potato, which is way more dense than a white potato!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      December 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      it’s amazing! I even did butternut squash with it! I LOVE it.

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    February 6, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    I tried this recipe with sweet potatoes, and sadly, it failed. I decided to squeeze in a shower during the first 15 minutes of baking, and when I got back, they were completely burnt, and the pieces that weren’t burnt were underdone. Any tips on the difference in cooking time for sweet potatoes vs regular?

    I just got the same spiralizer and I’m in all kinds of love with it! Zoodles are super easy! Just put them in a bowl with some sea salt for about 30 minutes prior to cooking and the excess water will drain off (similar to prepping eggplant). Drain and rinse before cooking (and sautée, don’t boil). I’ve made a few dishes this way, and on my last one, my bf actually actually asked if I mixed in regular pasta. It’s perfect. Give it a try!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      February 6, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      Hi Nicole! Yes, this recipe definitely doesn’t work with sweet potatoes 🙁 The starch content makes baking times different and I find I need to soak my sweet potatoes in water to release more starch in order to get them crispy. To be honest, I’ve yet to get my curly sweet potatoes crispy! My friend Lee has a great recipe for them though (not crispy but still delicious!) and I recommend you check it out. Enjoy! http://fitfoodiefinds.com/2014/09/shoe-string-sweet-potatoes-sea-salt/

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    March 17, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    Came across your page by chance, looking for spiralizer recipes. Just tried it tonight, and it was delicious! Re: Amazon prime fees. Just contact Amazon through their website and request a refund. They will do it!

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    March 23, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    These are so incredibly creative!

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    June 28, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    I was also one of those people who was disappointed with zoodles. I’m going to try bake them or boil them to give them less of a “Raw” taste. It just makes me feeling like I’m making salad. Perhaps I am just too much of a carbs fiend. So, of course, when I stumbled across this recipe , I was like… YES… YES!

    They were amazing, though I think I cut them too thin. Will try them a bit thicker next time. I’ve never had curly fries before but I’m converted! So was my husband… and my in-laws!!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      June 29, 2015 at 10:53 am

      I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed! They’re by far my favorite food to spiralize. Glad I have another convert 😉

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    July 8, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Actually, these are pretty fantastic. I actually have a plan for poutine chips that I’m going to be doing tonight and was trying to decid what temp when I came across this but reading the post, I realize I might be able to help you. When I’m making zoodles, I curl them ahead of time and then sprinkle them with some good salt and let them sit in a bowl for at least a half an hour. It pulls the xtra moisture out of them into the air (especially if I’ve already turned my vent on), then I QUICKLY (high heat woo) stir fry them with olive oil before they go onto the plate, leaving the moisture behind.

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    July 25, 2015 at 1:50 am

    What an amazing idea! I hadn’t thought of potatoes I just got my spiralizer too. Loving it so farh! 🙂

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      Davida Kugelmass
      July 27, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      welcome to the grand ole world of spiralizing!! Enjoy 🙂

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        August 22, 2015 at 2:57 pm

        For the zucchini noodles i make angel hair. Cook garlic onion and mushrooms. Add the zucchini and fresh tomatoes. A little soy and teriyaki

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    January 15, 2016 at 12:36 am

    I love curly fries! I remember having them at the CNE as a kid and they were so delicious.

    Sorry to hear about your Amazon Prime charge, but rest assured you are not the only one with a $100 spiralzer. I bought mine in Toronto for $80 plus tax for a Westmark one. It just sits in the closet now, taking up precious storage real estate. I think these potatoes will help me get over my buyers remorse! *eats feelings*

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    February 21, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    I love this idea and can’t wait to try it. I bought a spiralizer today and just used it for the first time to make a zoodles. They turned out fantastic! I read a tip (or maybe it was a youtube video… darn.. I wish I could find it to give credit to the person who posted it).. but anyway…. after she spiraled the zucchini, she put spread it out on a paper towel-lined baking sheet, sprinkled some salt, and put them in the oven on 200 degrees for 30-40 minutes. That got rid of most of the water and softened them. Hope that helps if you want to try them again.
    Thanks for the post!!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      February 22, 2016 at 7:51 am

      such a great tip! I’m going to give that a try! Thanks so much 🙂

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    April 5, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Mine turned out terrible. They were soggy and stuck to the pan. Flipping / tossing was impossible

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      Davida Kugelmass
      April 5, 2016 at 10:53 pm

      Hi Ellyn. Sorry to hear you had trouble. Were you able to use parchment paper to avoid sticking?

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    Heather DiNuzzo
    May 12, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    I made these but they burnt and I didn’t even cook the entire time. I wonder what I did wrong?

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      Davida Kugelmass
      May 13, 2016 at 10:47 am

      I’m so sorry to hear that! Sometimes people’s ovens run hotter so you may need to watch yours carefully and adjust the time accordingly. Hope it goes better next time!

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    October 11, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    I love zoodles. My two favorite ways are raw in a seasoned oil or cooked in an air fryer.

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    Lori Riddle
    August 1, 2018 at 8:06 am

    My spiralizer was the best thing I’ve ever bought! I’m totally addicted to sweet potato fries, but will definitely be adding rosemary fries to the rotation!

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    Stephanie Scheid
    November 12, 2018 at 11:45 am

    After much experimentation, I’ve found that the best way to cook zoodles is also super easy! I put the zoodles in a colander in the sink. Fill my electric teapot with water and bring to a full boil. Pour the boiling water over the zoodles and let sit for a minute. Perfect!

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    December 30, 2019 at 11:40 am

    your blog is thebomb.com thanks for the info i love curly fries and seeing as im broke a spiralizer will save me money hope you get a commission

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    Lzabel Goulart
    February 1, 2020 at 9:05 am

    wow…very good. thank you for sharing this recipe and tips. I love curly fries.

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    Cassie Thuvan Tran
    February 6, 2020 at 11:50 am

    Now I need a spiralizing cutting device! I’d use this for ANYTHING–butternut squash, sweet potatoes, zucchini, beets, carrots, and kabocha squash–cook them the same way, and eat them like fries or noodles! I can totally picture this at a party with various dips–hummus or ketchup would be the best!

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