Thursday, May 26, 2011
Rutabaga Home Fries
I was always a devotee of the potato. I remember coming home from work when I was single, and just making french fries for dinner. Somehow I did that and still weighed in at 135 pounds. Can't figure it out now. Guess I will chalk it up to youth.
Life sure changed when we found out my dear hubby was a diabetic. That is how we discovered the lowly rutabaga. Whenever I buy it at the grocery store, it always seems to get a comment. Either the checker has to ask what it is, or someone in the produce section asks me what on earth I plan to do with that. True, the rutabaga is not an all star. It is ugly. It is a little hard to peel. The name sounds funny. I think that name alone gets to more people than the food itself. Once it is peeled and cut--even better yet cooked, it becomes a thing of beauty. Look at that photo. Are those not the most gorgeous home fries you have ever seen? The orange tinted cubes, just glistening with coconut oil and sea salt? Oh yeah.
The nutrition data can get a little sketchy though. You get different numbers from different sources. My Mastercook tells me it is 7 net carbs per cup. The Self Nutrition sites says 12 carbs per cup. About.com lists about 8 net for a cup of cubes. So count somewhere in that range, but don't worry too much. Just enjoy. They don't get me back to that 135 pounds, but they don't make me fat either!
I make these like I used to make my regular home fries. The secret is to pre-cook the veggie before frying. I sometimes steam, sometimes microwave.
Rutabaga Home Fries
3 Tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Peel the rutabaga. Dice into bite sized chunks. Steam until fork tender. Heat coconut oil in a skillet. Add the rutabaga and fry until browned and fully tender. Sprinkle with onion powder and sea salt.
This made a stick to your ribs meal that we love. I also use the rutubaga in place of potatoes for au gratin dishes and in stew. Try some recipes with the ugly rutabaga, if you are willing to answer all the questions at the grocery!