Rutabaga Fries!!!

Fun fact: When Ryan was growing up his dad used to call him Rutabaga. Reason: Unknown.

Dinner

When Ryan and I were browsing around the farmer’s market on Sunday, I picked up two gigantic rutabagas.

I asked the woman running the vegetable stand how most people typically prepare rutabagas and she said she likes them raw. She said rutabagas are “disgusting” when they’re cooked.

Hmm… I like raw veggies, but really like roasted veggies, so I ignored her little warning and set out to make rutagbaga fries after later reading that you can basically prepare rutabagas the same way you prepare turnips.

I figured that since I loved the turnip fries I made in April and again in May, why wouldn’t I love rutabaga fries prepared the same way?

My logic didn’t fail me, my friends.

Rutabaga fries are flippin’ phenomenal!

Rutabaga Fries

Eat Me!

They’re easier to make than turnip fries because rutabagas are a slightly softer veggie, which makes them easier to slice into thin fries.

To make the fries:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Peel rutabaga using a vegetable peeler
  • Slice the peeled rutabaga into fries
  • Spray cooking sheet with cooking spray and add fries
  • Spray fries with cooking spray (or toss fries in olive oil) and season with salt, pepper and chili powder (or seasonings of your choice)
  • Flip fries several times to coat before baking for 15 minutes
  • Flip the fries and bake for another 10 – 20 minutes until desired doneness is achieved

Ryan’s first thought about the fries? “They really look like fries!”

For all of you mamas out there, maybe you can pull a fast one on the kids with these babies?

When I Dip, You Dip, We Dip

We enjoyed our rutabaga fries with ketchup for dipping and BBQ pulled chicken sandwiches.

BBQ Pulled Chicken

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich

All Together Now

Next Time

I think I will be making this recipe for maple glazed rutabaga for my next attempt with the veggie… but I think Cooking Light didn’t select the correct picture to correspond with this recipe. Pasta = rutabaga??? ;)

Comments

  1. says

    AWESOME! I am going to have to try this! They look so good!! Oh and you have got to find out why Ryan was nicknamed Rutabaga…haha! Now I am super curious…just call me nosey rosey!

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  2. says

    I’ve never had rutabaga before. I dont even know what they taste like. Ryan is right though, they do LOOK like real fries :) That’s such a random nickname. I second Kelly, you need you find out the deets and share :)

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  3. Jessica says

    I think the rutabagas are the cubed stuff on the side of the plate, next to the pasta. Still a bad pic of they’re advertising for the rutabaga!!!

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  4. says

    I *LOVE* roasting veggies… this may sound weird (it seems weird to type it), but I don’t think I’ve had a rutabaga?? you make them sound good, and as always your photos are gorgeous… the close-up fry with ketchup is making me hungry!

    …rutabaga on my shop list, done! :)

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  5. says

    Another way you MUST try is mashed rutabaga. Honestly, it’s incredible. SO much better than mashed potatoes or dare I even say, mashed sweet potatoes. Promise you will try it, it’s truly remarkable!

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  6. says

    Yum. I neeeeed to try the parsnips fries and now these ones too :) I love all fries. I did just discover that if you dip carrots into salsa you can fool yourself into thinking it’s a chip b/c of the crunch.

    I have a bodypump question for you, I just went for the first time today and it was really intense. I could barely lift my arms after. Was it hard for you in the beginning? Has it gotten easier? Have you noticed a difference in your strength and/or appearance since starting bodypump?

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    • peanutbutterfingers says

      yeah bodypump is no joke! it’s definitely a tough class, but you can change it to meet your personal strength level by lowering your weights, which might help it be a little less intense and more bearable. it’s still a challenging class for me, but it definitely was a shocker the first time. it’ll get easier as you get stronger (but then you’ll want to up your weights again – it’s awesome!). :) as far as my appearance is concerned, i think i’ve noticed the greatest change in my arm definition.

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  7. says

    hahaha seriously we have the same tupperware from your lunch salad. i think? glass pyrex that weighs 50lbs?

    i love love love those fries!!!! i made carrot fries tonight that were SO good :) veggie fries are so underrated.

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  8. says

    I have GOT to try rutabaga fries out!! Paired with your pulled chicken sandwich your meal looks awesome!! :) Have you tried yucca fries yet? I’m quite sure you’d love ‘em!! :)

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  9. says

    I have never made my own fries before, not even with a potato. I don’t think I have ever eaten a rutabaga in any form. So I’m definitely curious now!

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  10. Madeline says

    I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now, and I have to admit that I am planning on using EVERY single one of your recipes when my boyfriend and I are able to lie together! I think he and Ryan would probably have similar tastes, and it’s great to see someone my age being spontaneous in the kitchen. Keep up the inspirational posts!!!

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  11. says

    LOVE rutabaga… I grew up eating these! My mom and pop grow tons of them, and I love slicing and roasting ‘em. I honestly like them better the next day, cold out of the fridge with ketchup.

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    • peanutbutterfingers says

      it’s really crunchy (before cooking) & almost has a sweet flavor to it. i liked it raw, but it was even better in the fries & really adopted the flavor of the seasonings.

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  12. says

    This is awesome and Ryan is right – they do look like Fries! ! I was on a blog yesterday that asked what new fun blogs we’ve found lately – I said yours! :)

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  13. Meg says

    Mashed rutabagas are great too and a good sub for mashed potatoes. I’ve never heard of them eaten raw. Maybe if you over-cook them they are gross, but cooking them perfectly only brings out the natural sugars. Weird. Like raw potatoes…bleh.

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  14. Peggy says

    I tried the Turnip fries this week and they were good!! Which ones do you like better of the three… turnips, rutabaga or parsnip fries??? I have never had any of them to be honest. Until this week!! Let me know what you think about the others in comparison, maybe I’ll try those too!

    Love your blog… added it to my favorites… and I’ve been trying many recipes that you’ve posted on!!! Thanks!

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  15. Maeve says

    OMG Rutabagas…or turnips are the best mashed. They are a staple at any family dinner. My mom boils them and mashes them with a small potato. So Good!!! So many friends love to come to family dinners because they are hooked on the mashed turnips.

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  16. Janina says

    I just made these yummy fries! I’m on a diet and it says I need to eat four cups of vegetables a day, and since previously I wasn’t much of a vegetable eater and didn’t know what most vegetables taste like, I’ve been sticking to broccoli and mushrooms for the past two weeks every day. They got so blah and grossed me out after eating them long enough that I had to try something else. The owner of the company for the diet I’m on suggested turnip fries, and I decided to try out rutabaga fries instead. They were amazing!!! Looked just like french fries like you said, and they were definitely an upgrade to broccoli!! I love it so much, I’m probably going to stick to it a lot because it’s so delicious to eat and it feels like I’m snacking on french fries :D thanks so much for this recipe! <3

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