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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Summertime Rutabaga Fries

Cleo at the Lighter Side reminded everyone that it is National Hamburger Day. If you count cheeseburgers, I think that is the third one this year. I swear there is a holiday for every food out there. I wonder where you find that calendar that names them all? And who gets to decide anyway? I would like to be on that committee. We had burgers on the menu anyway. It was going to be for tomorrow's Burger Buffet, so I just switched the menu around. Good to be flexible for such special occasions, huh?

I had my Honey Roasted Barbecue Sauce, my copycat recipe from Chick-Fil-A. I love that stuff! But burgers are pretty self explanatory. Fries for low carbers--well that is another story.

I really do like my rutabaga fries, but I hate waiting for them to soften up while frying, so I generally pre cook them to soften them up. My kitchen is so hot when it is over 100 outside---like it has been for about a month here. As I was cleaning out my crockpot after breakfast, I decided to peel my rutabaga and toss it in to see what happens if it slow cooks.

I knew you could do baked potatoes in foil in a slow cooker, so I gave it a try. After peeling, I wrapped a good size rutabaga in foil and placed it inside. No water, just the rutabaga on low. It baked about 6 hours and came out tender, but not falling apart. Perfect for slicing then adding to my cast iron skillet with some coconut oil. It is so hot in my kitchen that all my coconut oil is liquid all the time now. Have I mentioned how much I am looking forward to fall? Anyway, it fried up evenly and quickly so I could have dinner under the fan with the guys. They are not big rutabaga eaters, so more for me and Dad!

My crockpot is getting a workout this summer. I wonder what I will try out tomorrow?


arielcircleofnine said...

I almost didnt click on this post bc although rutabaga fries sound like something Id looooove, I just HATE cooking those rock hard babies!!! Glad I did though, Im going to buy some today and try the crockpot thing! Hope you get some relief from the heat soon!

Joan said...

I have never eaten a rutabaga, although I love turnips and hear them compared to each other. Miss you on the forum!

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