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Smothered & Covered Fries

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There’s a certain question I get asked over and over again… I am thinking maybe it’s my accent that provokes it? Or, the fact that I let it slip that I was born in Sri Lanka?

Inevitably, sooner or later, the question pops up: “wasn’t it a culture shock when you first came to the United States?” I’ve looked deep into my soul – and I can honestly say – nope, no culture shock – specially after acclimating to the traditions and culture AND food in Abu Dhabi and London prior to – but, it sure was a food-shock!

Yes, I experienced a B-A-D case of food-shock! I just couldn’t comprehend why “biscuits” were light and fluffy instead of crunchy – and eaten in the morning – with butter or sausage and not at tea time – with creme in between them! Speaking of tea time – I couldn’t quite grasp that tea time didn’t really exist here. And speaking of tea – it boggled my mind that tea was served cold with lemon AND sugar only and not warm with milk and sugar! Yes – those early days of eating here in Atlanta sure were mind boggling!

And then, just when I was getting over this mind numbing, taste-bud confusing, food-shock; I found myself at a popular diner with some classmates …aaaaaand, when I looked at their menu, I thought it was in Latin (for the record, when it comes to Latin, I know bupkiss)! Then a sweet lady came to get my order and I managed to remember to order “fries” instead of chips (thinking it was my only safe option), when the lady looked at me and asked me if I wanted them “Scattered smothered and covered” … and all I could think of was “with what”?


These days, “With what, mom? Fries with what?” is what my daughter asks me everytime I mention we are gonna wedge out in front of the tv with some fries. Sometimes, I use sliced red potatoes, but sometimes, I drop by my neighborhood Walmart and grab a couple bags of All Natural Alexia Fries and use them as a base – to some major smothering!


Guide to {my way of} smothering and covering

• Instead of “scattering” the fries, I like to spread Frozen Alexia Spicy Sweet Potato fries and Alexia Smart Classics Crinkle Cut Fries around in an oven safe pan

• Then I start on my super simple smothering mix by:

1) Sauteing an immune boosting mix of garlic, onions and ginger in some olive oil (till onions are tender)

2) Adding some ground turkey to this mix and stirring till turkey is browned

3) Adding some tomato paste to the turkey mix, and…

4) I use this mix to smother the fries already in the pan

• Then I cover the fries and turkey mix with some chopped celery and freshly grated cheddar

• Then I pop them in the oven…(as this bakes, the juices start seeping into the fries – which makes for one tasty experience later!)…and wait impatiently

Note: My daughter and I have yet to discover a non messy way to eat these smothered and covered fries – so, if you happen to know of a way to not get smothered and covered in the process of eating these, please pass it along!


All natural Alexia fries are made from potatoes grown here in the USA which are roasted before being frozen. They are 98% fat free and have 0 grams of trans fats, and, 100 calories per serving!

Do you see these Smothered and Covered Fries coming soon to your table of #GameTimeGrub, for the next major sports event in March? …Cause I do!  😆 


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Smothered & Covered Fries: Coming Soon To A Game-Table Near You!

Smothered & Covered Fries: Coming Soon To A Game-Table Near You!

Pan Baked Fries, Smothered and Covered with Garlic, Ginger, Onions, Celery, Turkey and cheese!


  • 1/3 pkg Alexia Roasted Crinkle Cut Fries
  • 1/3 pkg Alexia Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
  • 1 pkg ground turkey, 3/4 lbs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 cup freshly grated mozzarella cheese or cheese of your choice


  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Spread Alexia fries on the bottom of an oven safe pan and set aside
  3. Meanwhile, drizzle olive oil into another pan and saute the onions, ginger and garlic till tender
  4. Add the Turkey and cook till browned
  5. Add the tomato paste and season with salt and pepper to taste
  6. Smother fries with turkey mix
  7. Then toss chopped celery on top of turkey mix
  8. And top it all off with freshly grated cheese
  9. Place in the oven for 25 minutes
  10. Dig In!

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Tuesday 24th of February 2015

Beautiful photographs and this dish looks AMAZING!


Wednesday 18th of February 2015

What. A. Gorgeous. Plate. Of. Food. You photographed this well, Shashi.

Curry and Comfort

Tuesday 17th of February 2015

Now that's a game time dish that could even make me watch sports. :)

Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)

Sunday 15th of February 2015

Wow! This looks terrific!


Friday 13th of February 2015

Aaaand I'm bookmarking this one too haha!

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