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Old 12-27-2010, 02:23 PM   #1
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What veggie do you make fries from?

I have used turnips, rutabaga and jicama before and they are good.
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Old 12-27-2010, 03:51 PM   #2
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I go through phases....right now, it's kohlrabi.
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Old 12-27-2010, 03:57 PM   #3
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I've never tried kohlrabi. I think I know what it looks like. I will look for it next time we are at the grocery store. Thanks. We are eating things I never even saw before. I am sure there were always there, I just never noticed them.
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Old 12-27-2010, 04:06 PM   #4
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Zucchini, sweet potatoes, rutabagas, turnips, butternut squash, pumpkin - all make decent fries. Sweet potatoes are our fave but carby for some folks.
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Old 12-27-2010, 04:53 PM   #5
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We are at the place where we can't have sweet potatoes or winter squash. I will give the pumpkin and zuccchini a try though. I lovvvve sweet potatoes. It is the thing I can't wait to work back into our diet. Around here they serve fried sweet potato logs with catfish at fast foods. We love them.
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Old 12-27-2010, 04:57 PM   #6
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green beans. though the yellow wax beans are more realistic. just toss with olive oil and salt and roast till crispy-ish. to taste. really quite good, and none of that frying horror.
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Old 12-27-2010, 05:16 PM   #7
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One person's frying horror is another person's paradise. I love fried foods and I use good oil so it doesn't bother me since we don't have them often. Most of the time we grill or roast our veggies. I am married to a smoker, griller maniac. He has a new thingie in his man cave and is always making something smoked or grilled. Something fried is a treat!
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Old 12-27-2010, 10:21 PM   #8
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Eggplant, zucchini, turnips, green beans, roasted asparagus even is like a fry. I'm not a fan of jicama as a fry, I've never got it to soften. I roast them all in a screaming hot oven instead of fry in oil.
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Old 12-27-2010, 10:54 PM   #9
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Tofu! I love making tofu fries. The best dips are sweet chili sauce and soy sauce with minced garlic.

Who wouldn't love sweet potato fries. I fry mine with some sugar. Absolutely crunchy!
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:04 AM   #10
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Can you get celery root? I haven't fried it yet but I've done every other potatoey thing with it and it's great! Someone on here has fried it, though, and loved it.
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Old 12-28-2010, 08:23 AM   #11
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Hi folks…
Has anyone tried Chayote?

I use it for au gratin cheese, onion, ham and Chayote casseroles. I have to steam the sliced Chayote for 20 minutes to soften them so they bake in 45 minutes and soften. But they are indistinguishable to most from potatoes.

I wonder if I cut them into french fry size and steamed them for only 10 minutes if they would then fry up right. Has anybody done this yet?

We like Chayote and use them for both sweet and savory uses (they will take on the flavors of whatever you put them in). Steamed and soaked they can taste like apple or other fruits. Our Walmart carries them year round.

We slice or chop and soak them in a strong solution of Crystal Lite in the fridge overnight for fruit flavors. They can look and taste like Apples very easily.

They also readily compliment ham or bacon so we are going to try hashing some and steaming them for a few minutes and doing eggs and hash browns soon. I'll report back...

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Old 12-28-2010, 10:59 AM   #12
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Larry, chayotes are so cheap here in the tropics - 4 for $1. Your casserole sounds super! Do you precook the onion or not? I love making a stir fry of onion, garlic, bacon and chayote squash precooked a bit and chopped - yummy! Got this idea from my friend, Judy Barnes Baker who wrote Carb Wars, one of my favorite low-carb cookbooks.

Sweet potato fries (yams, right?) sound awesome, Char. How do you go about making yours?

LOL Eve - yep, we are trying all sorts of different things on this WOL.
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Old 12-28-2010, 03:38 PM   #13
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I've never tried kohlrabi. I think I know what it looks like. I will look for it next time we are at the grocery store. Thanks. We are eating things I never even saw before. I am sure there were always there, I just never noticed them.
EveH, here's a photo. At my grocery, the tops are always removed, so it's just the bulb part.
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Old 12-28-2010, 03:48 PM   #14
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Larry, chayotes are so cheap here in the tropics - 4 for $1. Your casserole sounds super! Do you precook the onion or not? I love making a stir fry of onion, garlic, bacon and chayote squash precooked a bit and chopped - yummy! Got this idea from my friend, Judy Barnes Baker who wrote Carb Wars, one of my favorite low-carb cookbooks.

Sweet potato fries (yams, right?) sound awesome, Char. How do you go about making yours?

LOL Eve - yep, we are trying all sorts of different things on this WOL.
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I envy you - we pay about $1.30 each.

I don't precook the onion...just slice and steam the Chayote for 15-20 minutes. We are at 6,300 ft above sea level so water boils here at about 198°F (92°C) which means 3 minute eggs take 5-6 minutes. So I suppose I'd only be steaming it about 10 minutes at sea level.

I slice a Chayote or two, and a med onion into a little less than 1/4'' thick slices (rings) in the mandolin.

I pre-cook the chayote by steaming it.

While the Chayote is steaming I mix up a cup of yogurt, a cup of Chia Gel, and 4 eggs and whisk them together as my sauce.

Then I layer onions, ham, sharp grated cheddar cheese, pour on sauce enough to spread and cover, onion, ham etc.

Then I top it all with a final layer of cheese and bake covered for 40 minutes at 350°F.

Then I pull the lid and add crumbled blue cheese to half of the top (my wife doesn't like it as much as I do), and allow the top cheese layer to brown. It usually takes another 10-15 minutes to firm up.

For variety, I use sliced Kielbasa or broken up bacon in place of ham. It's a flexible recipe.


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Old 12-28-2010, 04:01 PM   #15
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I toss my sweet potato fries with olive oil and sea salt and bake them . Serve with low carb ketchup or toss with harissa or chipotle before baking if you like em hot.
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Old 12-28-2010, 05:37 PM   #17
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Haha..that kohlrabi looks like Sputnik...not that anyone but me would probably remember what that was.
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Old 12-29-2010, 12:18 AM   #18
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Haha..that kohlrabi looks like Sputnik...not that anyone but me would probably remember what that was.
Oh my! Oh My! OH MY!! OH MY!!!!

Sorry - I remembered...


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