Jicama is a genius alternative to white potatoes. Since we don’t eat potatoes, I don’t get many opportunities to use ketchup on anything. If you’ve read any of my other recipes that involve ketchup you know I’m slightly obsessed with the best condiment ever invented in the whole history of the world. So when I found this recipe at TheNakedKitchen.com I had to try it because it just might lead me to my beloved ketchup. Honestly, that was my main motive lol.
I found that using my silicone mini muffin molds worked perfectly. If you use a metal pan, make sure to grease it heavily. I used a spray coconut oil to coat the inside of my silicone pan and it worked great but if I was to use metal, I would definitely use a little more. The key to getting them out of the muffin pans in one piece was letting them cool for 5 minutes before removing. That way they firm up and are easier to extract.
These turned out REALLY good. When first made, the jicama is crunchier which I don’t mind but after I put the leftovers in the fridge and reheated later, the jicama was a lot softer, almost mushy but not gross mushy, just much softer of which I don’t mind either. They were good warm, cold or reheated. And the best part? You guessed it, KETCHUP!!!!!!!
3 green onions, thinly sliced (using both the white and green parts)
½ – 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (amount will depend on how ‘cheesy’ you want your tater tots)
2 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Shred your jicama. I used a large cheese grater. Once you have your shredded jicama, using paper towels or a dish towel, squeeze out as much liquid as you can. I did 2 rounds of squeezing.
Coat your mini muffin tin with olive oil or cooking spray (I used coconut oil spray) and set aside. You can use a 12 count muffin tin but you may need to increase cooking time by a couple minutes at a time.
In large bowl combine shredded jicama, onions, cheese, salt and pepper. Gently mix with a fork.
Drizzle mixture with olive oil and combine.
Spoon the mixture evenly into the muffin tins. Press to pack mixture down into each cup.
I sprayed mine with coconut oil spray on the top before popping in the oven but it's not necessary if you don't have a spray oil.
Bake 50 minutes for mini muffins, 60 minutes for full size.
Let the tater tots rest for 5 - 7 minutes before running a small knife or spatula around the edge of each cup to loosen the edges.
Remove all tots and eat.
They reheat great and I've eaten them warm and cold, both were delicious.
Baked Spicy Jicama Fries – Better Than French Fries
What the mutha-love is JICAMA? Pronounced “HEE-kah-ma”. Apparently I have been blind to this vegetable. Here is few jicama facts I learned:
Technically a legume, grows on vines
Texture resembles potato, turnips and water chestnuts
Low in calories and carbs
Great for diabetic menus because it ranks low on the glycemic index
Lots of fiber. Not just any fiber – jicama’s fiber is infused with oligofructose inulin, which has zero calories and doesn’t metabolize in the body into sugar the way potatoes do.
Promotes good bacteria in the gut
Excellent source of vitamin C
Healthy amounts of potassium
Contains important vitamins like folates, riboflavin, pyridoxine, pantothenic acid, and thiamin, and the minerals magnesium, copper, iron, and manganese.
When purchasing, choose one that is firm with no soft spots or splits.
The skin is not edible so use a knife to cut away the skin and the tough fibrous outer layer.
Ok now that we know the A – Z ‘s of jicama we can get down to the most important piece of information – no-guilt fries and I can use my beloved ketchup!
I HEART KETCHUP SOOOO MUCH
Eating healthy can have it’s sacrifices but there ARE alternatives. Use jicama instead of potatoes and you have healthy french fries. And a reason to use that red sweet nectar called ketchup 🙂
You can use whatever spice suits your taste too. I love a seasoned fry with heat but you could try lime juice and paprika OR a little salt and pepper OR even try some cinnamon and coconut palm sugar and use organic maple syrup as your condiment for dipping. Just coat your “fries” in melted coconut oil first so that your flavoring sticks.
Baked Spicy Jicama Fries - Better Than French Fries
I love love love avocados and can never find enough ways to incorporate them into my diet. Not only are they rich and creamy but they can be used as a substitute for eggs in baking, as a great substitute for mayo in dips, great in pretty much any lettuce wrap, etc.
Let’s not forget the nutritional goodness of the avocado. Did you know that the avocado has nearly 20 beneficial vitamins and nutrients. It is also full of good fats.
I used gluten free panko crumbs but you can make your own by crushing gluten-free corn flakes (a little tip from my good friend Tracy). Plus you can use any spices you prefer in the almond meal/flour mixture. Make em spicy, make em sweeter, it’s up to you.
I dipped mine in a ranch flavored greek yogurt dip but a nice lemon dressing or chipotle would be great too. If you serve these for a party, offer a variety of dips for everyone’s tastes.
Earlier this week I was at my local store I picked up an organic eggplant with no specific plans for it. I saw a couple of recipes for eggplant fries and had me cocking my head to the side and saying “huh?” I miss my french fries so of course I WANT to believe in the concept.
This morning I buckled down and decided to give it a go. I originally found this recipe on ClosetCooking.com. I did some tweaking to make them gluten-free (not to be confused with twerking).
My “fry” craving is cured! I loved these. The parmesan gave them the crunch I missed. I especially loved them dipped in the most wonderful condiment ever invented – KETCHUP! I rarely eat anything that goes with ketchup anymore so I was even more giddy making these because I would be able to use my long lost love ketchup.