Amazing Low Carb Fries
French fries are one of those foods that you can almost always eat- anytime, any day, anywhere. However, we all know that traditional French fries are off-limits when on a low carb diet. Have no fear- jicama fries are here! This recipe proves that you do not need a potato to make perfect, addictive fries- a crisp, fresh jicama will take the place of a potato seamlessly.
If you have never heard of jicama, get ready to be amazed. Jicama is in the tuber family (just like potatoes!), growing underground in the Central American region. The brown peel is removed to reveal a beautiful white flesh that is as crisp as a radish and as juicy as an apple. The peel of a jicama is actually edible, but just like potatoes, most people peel and discard it as it can be tough and fibrous.
Jicama has a very pleasant and mild taste. It is naturally sweet and has a slightly nutty taste. However, jicama is especially great because it tends to absorb the flavors of anything it is cooked with, making it very versatile and able to blend right into any kind of dish. However, jicama is very commonly eaten raw, on its own, as the crunchy, juicy texture is amazing all by itself.
Jicama can be quite large, yielding a lot of jicama sticks from just one tuber. Luckily, it can easily be kept fresh even after it has been peeled. Simply put the peeled, sliced jicama in a bowl of cold water, cover and put it in the fridge for up to a week. Drain and refresh the water every few days to keep it at its best! When you are ready to use the jicama, just drain the water and enjoy. You can make fresh fries any time you'd like!
Cooking the jicama in order to make fries is also very similar to how you would make fries from potatoes. First, the jicama is peeled, cut into strips, boiled and then tossed in oil and baked. Easy as that! Sure, you can deep fry the jicama after it has been parboiled but then you are adding a lot of extra calories to this pretty healthy snack. Just two tablespoons of olive oil is plenty then let the oven turn them golden brown! To get a nice, even, golden brown color on all sides of the fries, flip them over halfway through the cooking time.
Old bay seasoning is the perfect garnish to this amazing low carb fry. It adds a smoky, salty, and herby taste that just can’t be beat. Old Bay is also what makes these fries completely addicting. Old Bay can easily be found in any grocery store or you can purchase it nine. It is a very common spice and you may find many other uses for it in other recipes as well.
So, go buy the biggest jicama you can find, cut it into strips and store it in the fridge so that it is ready anytime you need an Old Bay Jicama Fry fix…it may just be every day. Enjoy!
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