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Chickpea Fries with Yogurt Dipping Sauce

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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.

Chickpea fries from Food52 

WHO: Justforlicks lives in California and writes over at the website justforlicks.com.

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. 

Chickpea Fries with Yogurt Dipping Sauce by Justforlicks

Serves 10 to 12

Chickpea Fries

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

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by James Ransom


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Tags: Appetizer, Hors D'Oeuvre, Side, Wildcard Winners