While perusing an issue of the Vegetarian Journal (see our giveaway for a free subscription), I stumbled across the information that you can make oven fries from the rutabaga, a root vegetable rich in Vitamin C. I have never eaten a rutabaga, and when I added it to the grocery list my husband looked at it and said, “What the heck is a rutabaga?” I said, “Don’t know. Get three.” Such an interesting root. I ended up peeling two because they were rather large, and we had rutabaga fries that night for dinner. They were surprisingly sweet and delicious!
To make the fries, you simply peel the rutabagas and cut into matchsticks. I cut mine about 1/2″ square and tossed them with a little olive oil, then spread them on a baking sheet. They didn’t tend to stick to the pan and they didn’t absorb the oil like a potato fry, so I’ll probably use less oil next time. I added a little salt, but due to their sweetness, you may not want to do so. Preheat the oven to 350º and bake for about 25 minutes. They don’t soften up as much as potatoes either, and I think I overcooked them just a little this first time expecting them to get soft like a regular french fry. It didn’t matter – we enjoyed them all the same and I’m happy to have one last rutabaga waiting its turn in the fridge.
So for something new and healthy, try rutabaga oven fries. Your kids will love them and you’ll get to tell people you know what the heck a rutabaga looks like.
Rutabaga – the cute root.
Here are a few other rutabaga recipes I found floating around the net: