Is It Time for A Rutabaga Recipe?
Rutabaga?? What is that to me?
Many of you may not be familiar with this unusual root vegetable that is a cross between a cabbage and a turnip. The rest of the world calls them swedes. Traditionally, they are boiled or mashed and served with other root vegetables or in stews or casseroles.
Now, you may be thinking….why do I want to eat this? Fair question my friends. These bulbous little veggies are high in antioxidants, high in fiber, potassium and zinc, low in calories, and high in Vitamin C. They are a terrific addition to any “diet” and a wonderful addition to the rotation of new foods we try to expose the kiddos to. (Trust me- they’ll love the recipe below.)
So here’s a recipe for Rutabaga fries. A healthy swap over regular French fires and something different to try than sweet potato fries. Serve with burgers, ribs, sandwiches, or just as a fun snack! Add your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!
- 4-5 rutabagas
- olive oil
- lemon juice
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- Wash, peel, and cut rutabagas into French fry-sized pieces, about ¼” by ¼”.
- Preheat oven to 425º and spray a baking sheet with non stick cooking spray.
- Add rutabagas to a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, lemon juice, and toss with your hands. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Toss again and spread on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes (some ovens may take longer), removing once or twice to stir fries around on baking sheet.
Remove from the oven when golden brown and enjoy! For additional flavoring ideas, feel free to toss the fries in some rosemary & garlic, or smoked paprika & cumin, chili seasoning or a BBQ rub.
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