It takes a lot to impress me when it comes to restaurant food. And I’ll be honest, almost every time I leave a restaurant, I leave disappointed thinking, “I could have made that sooo much better myself!”
Yet I likely wouldn’t have because a) I’m busy and b) I’m lazy. But occasionally there is the odd restaurant food that impresses me so much I can’t stop thinking about it. And so much so that I’m compelled to make a copycat version so I can enjoy it at home. This Moxie’s Sweet Potato Fries & Dip is one of those recipes.
There are few recipes that I will go to all that effort for because, to be honest, creating a copycat recipe is a heck of a lot more work than simply developing a recipe from scratch! So for me to expel all that energy, it’s gotta be damn tasty or at least have some serious nostalgia associated with it. My copycat Moxie’s Grilled Steak Salad is one of those recipes, as well as a lighter version of IHOP’s Harvest Grain & Nut Pancakes I created and my copycat of Bonanza’s Monterey Chicken.
Sweet Potato Fries Dipping Sauce
We were down at the Lethbridge Moxie’s this summer having a drink on the patio when we ordered some of their sweet potato fries and dipping sauce. If you’re not familiar with Moxie’s, it’s a Canadian restaurant chain that’s comparable to the American chain “Original Joe’s.” At the time, I wasn’t even a big fan of sweet potato fries. However, it was the snackiest item on the menu, so I went with it. After one bite of these, my family’s collective reaction was, “Wow. That dip!” We obviously ordered a second round – they were that good! And it wasn’t just the craft beer talking… Although, they do go really well with craft beer…
I’m definitely a fan of sweet potato fries now.
Garlic Mayo Dip
And because I couldn’t stop thinking about them, I recently ordered some from a Calgary Moxies to get my fix. And oh man, was I ever disappointed! The dip tasted completely different than the one I had last summer in Lethbridge. So, I set out to make my own copycat recipe, based on memory. And I’m proud to say that after a few attempts, this was the delicious result. My family also thinks it’s really close and they love it!
So if you also love this Moxie’s recipe, then you’re going to love being able to make it yourself at home!
And trust me, you’ll want to get yourself a french fry potato cutter/ “chipper” to make the fries- they are sooo worth it! * Personally, I prefer the double arm lever type model (the first two). That’s the type I have.
Moxie's Sweet Potato Fries & Garlic Mayo Dip
Garlic Mayo Dip
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise * I use Hellman's (affiliate link)
- 1/2 cup Dijon mustard (affiliate link)
- 4 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 3 tsp white wine vinegar
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder (affiliate link)
- 1/2 tsp onion powder (affiliate link)
- 1/4 tsp white pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp chives finely chopped
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 6 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 tsp sugar (affiliate link)
- 3-4 large large sweet potatoes
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tsp Cajun seasoning (affiliate link)
- 2 tsp sea salt or Kosher salt *I use sea salt
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. (with baking sheet inside)
Garlic Mayo dip
- Mix all dip ingredients together and refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow the garlic to blend in. Meanwhile make the fries.
Sweet Potato Fries
- Peel sweet potatoes and slice with french fry potato cutter/chipper. NOTE: * I find it easiest to peel them away from me.
- Place cut and raw sweet potato fries in a large bowl, add olive oil, salt and cajun seasoning and toss to coat.
- Spread on preheated baking sheet and bake for 15- 20 minutes or until slightly crisp and cooked through (a fork can easily go through).
- If they are still not crisp enough on top for your liking, but they're browned on the bottom and cooked through, then turn the oven up to broil (500 degrees F) and cook for about 2 more minutes, keeping a close eye on them to ensure they don't burn.
- **Add additional salt to your liking.
- Sprinkle additional chopped chives on fries and dip, if desired.