These Middle Eastern-inspired vegan loaded fries are spiced with garlic and za'atar and then garnished with a generous amount of tasty toppings: vegan tahini yoghurt sauce, crushed falafel, pomegranate seeds and fresh parsley. These oven-baked za'atar fries supreme are vegan and gluten-free. They are such a fun and quick recipe to put together and they're perfect for using up falafel leftovers. Enjoy these as an indulgent savoury snack (perfect for sharing!) or as a main meal.
I'VE BEEN OBSESSED WITH VEGAN LOADED FRIES RECIPES LATELY
Call these dirty fries, fries supreme, french fry nachos or fully loaded fries - it doesn't matter. I just love how quick and self-explanatory the concept of loaded fries is - you can transform sad and lonely boring fries into something completely extraordinary.
There are so many different variants and combinations of this recipe idea and it's all up to your infinite imagination. What can you top boring oven-baked fries with? How can you turn an average side dish into a fancy and delicious meal, full of different flavours and textures? Just spice them with your favourite seasoning mix and then go for all your favourite ingredients and food combinations - I can guarantee you'll be 100% satisfied with the final result.
ZA'ATAR + FRIES + FALAFEL = LOVE
So not long ago I made these crazy Greek loaded fries and they turned out to be outrageously delicious. Since then, I've been looking for more interesting flavour combinations for more loaded fries ideas. Brace yourselves, I'm just getting started here - more vegan fries supreme recipes coming very soon.
Since I am a huge fan of Middle Eastern flavours these loaded za'atar fries with crushed falafel, parsley and pomegranate seeds were only a matter of time. Oh and let's not forget about the most important topping - vegan tahini yoghurt sauce, spiced with lots of garlic and cumin. If you know then you know. Za'atar spiced fries, crushed falafel leftovers, yoghurt tahini sauce, loads of fresh parsley and pomegranate seeds - seriously, is there a more perfect combination? This is how a boring side dish of fries can evolve into something extraordinary.
WHAT IS ZA'ATAR?
Za'atar is a flavorful and earthy spice mixture extremely popular in the Mediterranean region of the Middle East and it includes different ratios of herbs (most often a combination of herbs such as oregano, basil thyme, thyme and marjoram) along with toasted sesame seeds, dried sumac, salt and other spices such as sumac, cumin and coriander. Herb and spice ratios and combinations vary from region to region. Sometimes some store-bought varieties also include roasted flour (although it's a cheap filler used in commercial za'atar recipes and that's now what we're after).
Za'atar spice mix is immensely popular in Algeria, Armenia, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey. It is used as a seasoning for meats and vegetables or sprinkled onto hummus and baba ganoush. It is also enjoyed with labneh (tangy and creamy yoghurt cheese), pita bread, other flatbreads and olive oil for breakfast.
A little bit of za'atar goes a long way - if you season your fries or any other food with za'atar you won't really need to add anything else - although I like to pair za'atar with a lot of garlic in some of my recipes.
WHERE CAN I BUY AUTHENTIC HIGH QUALITY ZA'ATAR?
Looks like za'atar spice mix is becoming more and more popular and it's available in many bigger supermarkets but I always get mine from my local Turkish grocery shop - in all honesty, that's where I shop for all my favourite Middle Eastern ingredients like tahini, sumac and pomegranates bigger than my head. You'll be definitely able to get authentic za'atar mix imported from Middle Eastern countries from there! Always study the ingredients label if you can and try to go for the kind that doesn't have any roasted flour in the ingredients list (it's just used a cheap filler to increase the volume - not the flavour).
WHY YOU WILL LOVE THESE VEGAN LOADED FRIES
Because it's a quick and easy recipe to make and so fun to put together at the same time. This vegan recipe is perfect for using up falafel leftovers. You'll get to make a 100% extraordinary and satisfying recipe with minimal effort. No cooking skills are required!
If you love fries, falafel and Middle Eastern flavours, I don't think you'll need any convincing, really!
INGREDIENTS YOU WILL NEED
- baking potatoes or store-bought crinkle cut frozen fries
- za’atar spice mix
- garlic powder
- pink Himalayan salt
- sunflower oil
- For the tahini garlic yoghurt sauce:
- garlic cloves
- unsweetened soy yoghurt
- cumin powder
- lemon juice
- Himalayan salt
- falafel leftovers (use this green falafel recipe to make the best falafel or any store brought falafel will do)
- pomegranate seeds
- fresh parsley
- pul biber (aleppo pepper flakes)
HOW TO MAKE LOADED ZA'ATAR FRIES WITH CRUSHED FALAFEL
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C (gas mark 6).
- Prepare the spiced fries: peel the baking potatoes, wash and scrub properly. Cut in thin long fries. Use a wave knife for the crinkle-cut effect. Or if you want to save time use store brought frozen crinkle-cut fries instead. Season the fries with garlic powder, za’atar and salt and drizzle with a bit of olive oil or sunflower oil. Toss them in a large mixing bowl to make sure all fries are evenly coated with spices. Divide them into two baking trays and bake in the oven for 30 minutes, until golden and crispy.
- While the fries are roasting in the oven make the tahini yoghurt sauce: simply combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk until smooth.
- Crush the falafel leftovers with a fork and dry fry them in a frying pan for a few minutes to heat them up.
- Divide the baked za’atar fries into 3 or 4 portions. Top with a generous amount of tahini yoghurt sauce, crushed falafel bits, pomegranate seeds, fresh parsley and pul biber.
For the full ingredient list, exact measurements, complete recipe method, please scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom.
THESE LOADED ZA'ATAR FRIES ARE
- 100% vegan (they're eggless and dairy-free)
- naturally gluten-free
- quick and easy to make
- fun to put together
- inspired by Middle Eastern flavours
- perfect for using up falafel leftovers
- great for sharing
- can be enjoyed as an indulgent savoury vegan snack or a main dish
- packed with different textures and flavours
Hopefully, there won't be any leftovers as we don't want any. Once the fries are topped with the tahini yoghurt sauce it's best if you devour them immediately - otherwise, they'll get soggy from too much moisture. As this vegan loaded fries recipe is already using falafel leftovers, ideally we wouldn't want leftovers after leftovers - you know what I mean? If you think this recipe is too generous, simply plan ahead and bake a smaller portion of fries.
OTHER VEGAN SNACK AND EASY MEAL IDEAS
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Vegan Greek loaded fries - In this easy vegan and gluten-free recipe, crinkle-cut fries are spiced to perfection with garlic, smoked paprika, oregano and thyme and then oven-baked. Serve them buried under a myriad of healthy Mediterranean-inspired toppings: tangy vegan feta cheese, marinated fresh crunchy salad, black olives, fresh parsley and most importantly, super garlicky yoghurt cumin dip.
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