Rutabaga Fries…the Ideal Protein followers friend/enemy! Rutabaga is a vegetable you probably had never heard of before starting a low carb protocol! Then, once you figured out what it was you tried your hardest to make them into the french fries you love!
Well, I have done all the work for you! After many rounds of rutabaga fries – good and bad…really bad 🙂 – I have finally found the recipe that works best!
Rutabaga fries are very diverse and can be used in a lot of recipes. They can be a side dish, they can be part of some chili fries, I like dipping them in yellow mustard. The possibilities are endless.
Here are just a few tips for prepping a rutabaga to cook it:
- Rutabagas have a waxy coating on them. You will need to peel all of that off before cutting the rutabaga up. You can’t use a peeler on a rutabaga….that would be the end of your vegetable peeler. Instead, (Carefully!!!) take a large knife and cut the outside of the rutabaga off.
- Rutabagas are tougher than potatoes. I kind of think the flesh of a rutabaga is a cross between an apple and a potato. So you are going to have to use some elbow grease when you cut them up. Again, use a large knife very carefully and put some muscle behind it.
And that’s it! I think the most important step is to broil the fries for a few minutes at the end. It really crisps them up!
Crispy Rutabaga Fries
Recipe by: Jamie Boden at My Beautiful Ideal
- Cooking spray
- 2 large rutabaga, peeled, and cut into equally sized fries
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Line baking sheet with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.
- Place peeled and cut rutabaga into a gallon sized plastic bag.
- Also add olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika to the bag.
- Seal bag and toss until rutabaga is evenly coated.
- Spread rutabaga onto a prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
- Bake in the oven for 40 minutes, turn fries halfway through.
- For the final 5 minutes turn on broiler to crisp fries.
- Remove fries from oven and season with salt and pepper.
Tips: There are tons of ways to eat these. Dip in mustard. Serve with no bean chili on top. Serve with a bunless hamburger.
Nutrition: Calories 175, Protein 4g, Carbohydrate 26g, Dietary Fiber 7.0g, Total Sugars 16.6g, Total Fat 7.8g.
Here is a serving suggestion for the rutabaga fries…with Tuna Cakes and Broccoli!
Would you like to see the Tuna Cake recipe too? Let me know in the comments I will share the recipe in the weeks to come!