Spicy Pumpkin Fries

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Happy fall, folks! And welcome, dear friends, to The Twelve Days of Pumpkins. Yeah, that's right. Twelve days. Before you make the phone call to officially send me to the looney bin, you should know: these recipes are delicious. I have no idea how I pulled off twelve recipes using pumpkins. It's as though a gourmet chef from the food network inhabited my body for 48 hours.

And this, my friends, is a great achievement: it does not all taste the same.  This was initially a concern for me. I figured that 12 pumpkin-based recipes would taste like... well, 12 pumpkin-based recipes. Imagine my surprise to find that these recipes are actually quite varied - from hot to cold, breakfast to dinner to dessert, sweet to spicy, thin to thick, meaty to light... the only element all 12 recipes share is that they are healthy. A good common denominator, indeed.

I've got a few amazing food websites featuring this series over the next two weeks -- I'll let you know where and when so you can stop by their sites and tell them how much you love me. Kidding. Or am I? To kick it off, I'm over at Aaplemint. <---Stop by and say hello :)

So without further blabbing, let's get this baby rolling. "On the first day of pumpkins, your true love gave to you..."

I've always been a fan of sweet potato fries covered in spicy seasonings. This is a new favorite - much healthier than fries, as they are not truly "fried" but are baked instead.

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Total time: 40 min

  • 2 tablespoons Curry Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Sprinkling of fresh Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Pumpkin

Cooking Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350
  2. Peel pumpkin using a potato peeler
  3. Cut 1/4 of the pumpkin into fry-shaped pieces (2-3 inches long, 1/4-1/2 inch thick)
  4. Toss fries in Olive Oil, Curry Powder, Garlic Powder, Cayenne Pepper, and Onion Powder. Sprinkle with Black Pepper.
  5. Arrange fries in one layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
  6. Bake for 30 minutes (until soft enough that a toothpick easily goes through)


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For now: Happy pumpkining to all -- and to all a good night! :)


  1. I love pumpkin. Fries? Yum! What a great idea! I'm looking forward to more of your 12 days of pumpkin. It still doesn't feel like fall here. When it does maybe I'll share a few of my fav pumpkin recipes too.

  2. These look delicious! What a great idea!

  3. My mouth is watering! Never would of thought to do pumpkin fries, great idea, love the recipe and can't wait to go pumpkin hunting. Thanks!

  4. Stopping by from the hop and so glad I did. These look amazing! I'm definately spending a few minutes on here to check out your recipes. I hate sweet potatos but love pumpkin I could totally see me eating these. Especially since we roast pumpkin seeds every year but rarely do anything with the pumpkin itself (other than carve for halloween).


  5. I would think pumpkin fries might taste a bit like sweep potato fries? Looking forward to the rest of your pumpkin recipes! Hopping along on Wordless Wednesday! Follow back @ http://www.pargasjunkyard.wordpress.com and on Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/PargasJunkyard

  6. Wow those look very tasty. Great idea.
    I found your blog at the thursday blog hop and I clicked on "Follow Me" persumably for GFC and it wouldn't work. So, signed up for your email updates.
    Would love for you to follow me on gfc if possible at http://www.savingwithsaveone.blogspot.com thanks.

  7. I love this idea. I love sweet potato fries and these would be so yummy, too. I love fall and pumpkins!!!

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I came over from Tickled Pink.


  8. Wow!!! Those look tasty!! Who knew a punkin fry would?!
    Thanks again for sharing all your yummies with us at Show & Share!

  9. love the concept and looking forward to trying out! thank you!

  10. HOW do you slice up the pumpkin? I've tried before to cut up a whole pumpkin and have almost lost fingers! Any tips are helpful.


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