Spiralized Curly Fries

It’s over. Done. My quest for an absolutely perfect curly fry recipe is over. I have reached the end, and the end is good. Perfectly curly. Perfectly seasoned. And perfectly crunchy. I could’ve just skipped whatever else it was I was having for dinner. I don’t even remember what else I had. I just remember these curly fries.

i used the smallest blade on my spiral slicer to make these curly fries. You could use the bigger one, but of course cook times will go up. I think the small blade is the perfect size.

The batter gives the fries their fantastic flavor. I plan on using the same batter on a whole lot of other fried foods. It’s a thin batter, not thick. Perfect for something like fish fillets or even non-curly fries.

Spiralized Curly Fries
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Ingredients
For the potatoes
  • 2 large russet potatoes, peeled if desired
  • Water
  • Vegetable or canola oil, for deep frying
  • Kosher salt
For the batter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt (substitute Mrs. Dash if you like)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
For the potatoes
  1. Fill a resealable container with cold water.
  2. Spiralize the potatoes (I used the smallest blade) and place into the water.
  3. Transfer to the refrigerator for 1 hour.
For the batter
  1. Place all of the batter ingredients into a large bowl or container and whisk until smooth.
  2. Heat 3" of oil in a deep fryer or Dutch oven to 365 F.
  3. Drain the potatoes and pat dry.
  4. Place potatoes in the batter and coat well.
  5. Working in batches, fry the potatoes until golden brown, turning once.
  6. Transfer cooked potatoes to a wire rack or pan lined with paper towels and sprinkle liberally with salt.
  7. Serve immediately.


Copycat Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwich

A few years back I made a copycat of Arby’s Beef-n-Cheddar sandwich, one of my all-time favorites by a country mile. A commercial came on the tv a few days ago for Arby’s roast beef sandwiches, and I instantly started jonesin’ for one. As much as I loved my beef-n-cheddar copycat, I wanted to take a copycat of the roast beef sandwich to a new level. The level of true copycatness. And here it is. Tender, tasty thin-sliced beef. Tangy Arby’s sauce. Onion buns. And of course, seasoned curly fries. It’s impossible to make enough of it because no matter what, I’m going to make it disappear.
I actually used Sriracha ketchup for making the Arby’s sauce, and left out adding any additional hot sauce. It had some kick, and wasn’t 100% a copycat of the original, but it was fantastic. In fact, I’d recommend that Arby’s make a Sriracha version of the sauce for their restaurants. It’d be a big hit, trust me.

If you’re like me and you’re kind of addicted to Arby’s sauce, I’d double the amount below. If it’s not running down your forearm when you take a big bite of this copycat Arby’s roast beef sandwich, you’re not doing it right!

Copycat Arby's Roast Beef Sandwich
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8 sandwiches
 
Ingredients
For the roast beef
  • 2 (13 ounce) packages HIllshire Farm Ultra Thin Sliced Roast Beef sandwich meat (or use thin deli-sliced roast beef)
  • 1/2 cup water (substitute beef broth for more beefy flavor)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix (I used 4 tablespoons of my homemade mix)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • A dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • Pinch each of Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the copycat Arby's sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (maybe more) water
  • Hot sauce, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
For the sandwich build
  • 8 onion buns
  • Roast beef
  • Arby's sauce
For the curly fries
  • 1 (28 ounce) bag Ore-Ida Crispy Zesty Seasoned Curly Fries, cooked per package instructions
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Instructions
For the roast beef
  1. Place the roast beef in the bottom of a slow cooker.
  2. Whisk together the remaining ingredients in a small bowl and pour over the roast beef.
  3. Cover and cook on low for up to 8 hours, Stirring to get the meat in all of the liquid as it goes.
For the copycat Arby's sauce
  1. Whisk together all ingredients.
  2. Pour into a small saucepan over medium-low heat.
  3. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Store any leftover sauce (which is unlikely) in the fridge for up to a week.
For the sandwich build
  1. Warm or toast the buns if desired.
  2. Pile the roast beef high on the buns and serve topped with the Arby's sauce with fries on the side.
For the curly fries
  1. Bake fries per package instructions.
  2. Transfer cooked fries to a large bowl.
  3. Combine the remaining ingredients and sprinkle over the fries.
  4. Toss gently to coat. Serve.

Copycat Arby’s Beef-n-Cheddar with Curly Fries

Although I don’t eat fast food any more (or at least, it’s been years since I have), that doesn’t mean I don’t get a hankerin’ for it every now and then. Here lately I’ve been jonesin’ for a beef-n-cheddar sandwich from Arby’s, with a side of curly fries.

Copycat Arby's Beef-n-Cheddar with Curly FriesThis copycat of the classic sandwich and fries was right on the money. My cravin’ was satisfied (for now)!

Copycat Arby's Beef-n-Cheddar with Curly Fries
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Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
For the beef-n-cheddar sandwich
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 onion buns
  • 1 pound thinly-sliced rare roast beef sandwich meat
  • 6 slices American cheese
  • 2 tablespoons milk
For the curly fries
  • 1/2 bag Ore-Ida Golden Twirls
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
Instructions
  1. Make the Arby's sauce by combining the ketchup, water, salt, and garlic and onion powders.
  2. Warm the buns in the oven.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the roast beef, cover, and turn heat to low.
  4. Meanwhile, place the cheese in a bowl with the milk. Microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring, until the cheese melts and becomes a creamy sauce.
  5. Slather the buns with the Arby's sauce. Top with the roast beef and cheese sauce.
For the curly fries
  1. Bake fries per package instructions.
  2. Combine the seasonings.
  3. Remove the fries from the oven and place in a large bowl. Sprinkle with seasoning and toss to coat.