These turnip fries are a great low carb alternative to regular potato fries!
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Have you eaten turnips before? I can’t say I have until I first tried this recipe. Pre-low-carbing days I would eat parsnips or carrots if I wanted a root vegetable. So I was interested to learn that one medium turnip (approx. 4oz) contains only 6g net carbs in total!
But what do you actually DO with turnips? Well, you *can* eat them raw – they can be grated and added to salads – but the flavor is much stronger. They can be grilled, roasted or mashed – basically most ways of cooking that are used for potatoes can also be used for turnips.
Which led me to work on this recipe for turnip fries. Give it a try, and let me know what you think!
To prepare the turnips, peel them and cut them into matchsticks. Add oil, onion powder and paprika to a bag or bowl, then add the turnip.
A plastic sealable bag works well for this – pretty much the same method as my zucchini fries! Move the turnip around inside the bag or bowl so that they are fully coated in the mixture.
Pour some oil into a baking pan – you’ll need to use one with a high smoke point, as you need it to get pretty hot to crisp up the turnip. Something like sunflower, canola, peanut or corn oil would be good, depending on what you prefer and what your diet allows.
Place the pan in a preheated oven. Remove it after 5 minutes and carefully add the turnip – the oil might splash. Season the turnip fries with salt and pepper, then roast until they start to crisp up – about 25 minutes.
Sprinkle over some fresh herbs like thyme or parsley to serve. These are the perfect side dish to steak – but I’ve also been known to eat them on their own! Or you can simply serve them with mayo or low carb ketchup!
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- 2 large turnips
- 6 tbs oil divided
- 2 tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp paprika
- salt and pepper
- fresh thyme or parsley optional
Preheat the oven to 425F.
- Peel the turnip and cut it into matchsticks.
Add 2 tbs of the oil, onion powder and paprika to a bag or bowl, then add the turnip. Turn to coat in the mixture.
Add the remaining oil to a baking pan and place in the oven for 5 minutes.
Carefully add the turnip to the hot oil, then season with salt and pepper.
Roast for 25 minutes or until starting to get crispy.
To garnish, sprinkle some fresh herbs like thyme or parsley over the top.
5g net carbs per serving (quarter of the recipe)
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