les bleus les Patriots!
As an Australian who has never taken much interest in AFL, I am probably the last person one would expect to be a fan of American football. And yet, I am. I think my interest in the sport began back in 2010 or ’11, when my dad started working from home. The two of us took to eating lunch together in the middle of the day. Given the difference in time zones between Australia and the US, the live NFL coverage usually broadcasts here in the morning or early afternoon. Dad would put the sports channel on while we sat together eating lunch, and he would explain the rules of the game to me. And just like that, I was hooked. Over the years since, watching the NFL has become a tradition for my dad and I. Each week we record the games, and then watch them together in the evenings when we’ve both finished work/university for the day. He reads the sports column for post-game analysis, I pick up bits and pieces via social media, and we compare notes in passing throughout the week. “Did you hear Tom Coughlin has resigned?” “Jarryd Hayne has been
dropped picked up again!”
Dad and I are both Patriots fans (controversial, I know), so we’re especially excited about this week’s matchups. As we gear up for a weekend of binge-watching pre-recorded games, it seems only appropriate that we have some snacks to enjoy while we watch. So without further ado, let me present today’s recipe: Spicy Baked Wedges with Lime Mayo.
Baking wedges (or chips, or fries, or whatever you want to call them) is a healthier alternative to deep-frying, and it’s also less messy (#win). To give these wedges a bit of a kick (football-related pun not intended), I’ve coated them in what I’ve decided to call a ‘Caribbean-style spice mix’. Served with a lime mayo, they’re positively moorish. The spice mix is more fragrant than hot, but if you like a little more heat you can increase the quantity of cayenne pepper to suit your taste.
Note that the recipe for the Caribbean-style spice mix makes a larger quantity than you will need for the wedges. The rest can be stored in a jar and used another time (try it on fish, it’s delicious!). Make sure you’re using gluten-free mayonnaise as well–sometimes there’s some sneaky wheat hiding in there, don’t ask me why.
Which team will you be cheering for this weekend? Wherever your allegiances lie, I hope you’ll enjoy these wedges while you’re watching the game. Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think of the recipe and which teams you think will make it to the Super Bowl!
Spicy Baked Wedges with Lime Mayo
serves 4 as a snack
5 large potatoes, peeled and cut into thin wedges
2-3 tbsp olive oil
3-4 tsp Caribbean-style spice mix (see below)
salt, to taste
Caribbean-Style Spice Mix
makes about 3 tablespoons of spice
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp dried thyme
a pinch of ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground cumin
a pinch of cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp black pepper
makes about half a cup
4 tbsp gluten-free whole egg mayonnaise
zest and juice of half a lime
- Chop potatoes into thin wedges, about 1.5cm wide. Place wedges in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Leave to soak for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, combine ingredients for spice mix in an airtight jar and stir thoroughly. Combine mayonnaise, lime zest and juice in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Preheat oven to 160ºC. Drain wedges, and pat dry with paper towel. Transfer to a large baking try, drizzle with olive oil and toss to combine. Sprinkle over salt and spice mix, and toss again until the wedges are all well coated in the spices.
- Bake in the oven for 40 minutes or until the wedges can be pierced with a fork. Turn up the heat to 220ºC and cook for a further 10 minutes to allow the edges to crisp up (but don’t let them burn).
- Serve the wedges hot with a dish of lime mayonnaise on the side.
Keeping time: the wedges and mayonnaise will each keep for 3 days in separate airtight containers in the fridge. The spice mix will last up to a year if kept in an airtight jar away from heat or moisture (i.e. in the cupboard).