Rutabaga Fries

I really wish the “Food and Drink” section of Pinterest wasn’t full of outlandishly decadent desserts all the friggin time.  It’s killing me.  We’ve got a wedding in Miami next weekend–during which I will be wearing skimpy summertime clothes…and a swimsuit–and it’s fracking killing me.  I’m surprisingly fine without fruit–I’m even good without the green apple and pumpkin ration.  But someone PLEASE GOD IN HEAVEN .  Or I might kill someone.

On a mildly related note, does it piss anyone else off as much as me the number of things labeled as “healthy”?  Like “ZOMG HEALTHY BREAKFAST IDEA!!!!” under a pic of some sugar and starch laden bastardization of a brownie?  Just because it has oatmeal and peanut butter in it does not make something “healthy.”  “Low fat” is not healthy.  And for the love of God, stop calling sh*t “low calorie”…especially desserts…if it’s a damn dessert it’s going to be bad for you, end of story.  Unless it’s fruit.  But fruit is not a dessert.  Accept your damn cheat meal and move on with your life.  And if you have a board chock full of outlandish desserts, that’s fine, but goddamnit do NOT tell me you ALSO have a “Fitness Inspiration” board full of half naked women with little mantras like, “Never give up!  You will have your dream body one day!” or “To hear the words, ‘Have you lost weight?'” or “Butt-kicking fat loss system!!”  OMG, people.  Are you for real?

Pet Pinterest Peeves.  OK, I’m done.

So I’m actually going to dedicate part of this post to m rutabaga fries.  So good.  I got a bunch of rutabagas by accident the other day–I was looking for turnips and somehow ended up with these.  I’m so smart.  The cashier so kindly offered to let me bring them back but I hate making a scene.  OK, that’s not true.  BUT I took them home and figured, when in doubt, slather them in fat and toss ‘em in the oven.


2 Large Rutabagas

1/4 c Oil or Fat (I used rendered duck fat from earlier in the week)

Coarse Sea Salt


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Wash and dry your rutabagas and trim any roots.  Cut into fries, about 1/4-1/2 inch thick.

Toss the fries in a bowl with fat and salt to taste.  Arrange on baking sheets, no more than 1/2 inch apart.  Bake for 20-25 minutes (depending on how crispy you like them), flipping halfway through.

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8 thoughts on “Rutabaga Fries

    1. tgipaleo Post author

      On their own they taste very similar to a white potato–maybe just a bit less starchy. I was scared, too…they’re probably one of the ugliest looking vegetables I’ve ever seen! Thankfully, everything is better in fry-form ;)

      1. ~jenniferlynn

        I like potatoes.. I’ve tried sweet potato fries and can tolerate those. Maybe I’ll give this a try!

  1. buttoni

    I’ve never eaten the peeling of a rutabaga before. My mother always peeled them, so I have done the same. I take it the peeling is was not tough or bitter?

      1. buttoni

        It’s good to know the peeling wasn’t bad! I’ll have to try it unpeeled and see how I like that. I sure love the skin left on regular potatoes when they are fried. :)

  2. UmmBinat

    Yummy I used organic smaller rutabaga so I left the skin on as well, usually the conventionally grown ones have wax all over the skin people. I used avocado oil as I understand it is still healthy once heated. We ate them with unhomoginised organic yogurt mixed with lots of organic pressed garlic and a bit of nice grey sea salt. I could make these again mixed into the same yogurt sauce!


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