Spicy Cumin Fries

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

2 pounds frozen crinkle-cut french fries

1/2 cup chopped dried red chiles, such as cayenne or arbol

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 tablespoons whole cumin seeds

1 tablespoon Sichuan peppercorns

Kosher salt

4 scallions, chopped

Directions

  1. Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with foil, then divide the fries between them. Bake, tossing once or twice, until crisp and golden brown, 30 to 45 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Place the chiles in a bowl, cover with a plate and shake to release the seeds. Fish out the chiles, leaving the seeds behind.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds, peppercorns, chopped chiles and 1 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring, until toasted, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the scallions and remove from the heat.
  4. Toss the fries with the spiced oil and season with salt. Remove and discard any large chile pieces.