Every Monday and Wednesday, we'll announce a new Wildcard winner: a recipe that may not have been entered in (or won) a contest, but a recipe that we've tested and loved.
Today: French fries get sexy.
WHAT: Your average fry gets lighter, airier, and sexier.
HOW: Make a polenta-esque mixture of chickpea flour and water, then cool it on a baking sheet. Slice and fry. Sprinkle with sumac, and dunk!
WHY WE LOVE THEM: These fries are fantastic on their own; they fry up golden and perfect, and are at once puffy, crispy, and pudding-y. But when dunked in their sauce, they become completely irresistible.
Serves 10 to 12
4 cups water
2 cups chickpea flour
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cumin (optional)
2 cups vegetable oil
Sumac, for dusting
Yogurt Mint Dipping Sauce
2/3 cups yogurt (thin -- not Greek style)
1 clove garlic, small and chopped fine
1 1/2 tablespoon mint, chopped fine
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
Photo by James Ransom
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