Turnip and Carrot Fries (gluten free, vegan)


Want an alternative to plain old potato fries?

Try using carrots and turnips, or other roots like cassava/yuca, parsnips, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, taro, or Jerusalem artichokes! Slice 'em up, drizzle 'em with olive oil, throw on your herbs and seasonings of choice, and pop 'em in the oven.  You have delicious fries in a flash!   I use whatever roots I have on hand at the time, and they always turn out great.  Tonight I made fries with some beautiful turnips and carrots from the farmer's market.  Instead of baking them with just oil and seasonings, I chose to dust them with a little millet flour too, and it added a nice crispness and a nutty flavor.   For seasonings, I chose a mix of cumin, coriander, mustard, and garlic powder this time around.  The beauty of this recipe is that it is extremely flexible - feel free to add any spices or fresh or dry herbs of choice.  And if you don't want to dust with flour, you don't have to - the fries still turn out delicious and just a little crisp!  For a high protein option, use nut or seed meal instead of a grain flour.  I mean it, these are endlessly flexible, and you can't mess them up!  I love using fresh thyme with rutabagas or turnips, or rosemary with parsnips.  Back when I was eating sweet potatoes and chili powder (I'm allergic to both now), I used to make spicy sweet potato fries all the time.  Cassava/yuca root and taro root  also makes great fries - their starchy texture is very much like a potato.  Experiment, and have fun!  
TURNIP AND CARROT FRIES (gluten free, vegan)
serves 2
2-3 turnips
4 carrots
1/4 c gluten free flour or nut/seed meal
cumin, coriander, mustard, and garlic powder, to taste OR other herbs/spices of choice
sea salt or Herbamare
olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 450* F.
  2. Clean and peel turnips and carrots.  Cut into sticks/wedges about 1/4" x 1/2".  Place in a large bowl, drizzle with a little olive oil, and toss to evenly coat.
  3. On a plate or tray, mix about 1/4 c millet flour with salt and herbs/seasonings.  Transfer fries to flour tray, tossing to coat fries evenly with seasoned flour, working in batches if necessary. 
  4. Lightly oil a baking sheet, or line with parchment, and transfer fries to sheet.  Place in oven, and bake at 450* for about 15-20 minutes, flipping/stirring occasionally, until fries  are slightly crisp and brown and are softened.
  5. Remove from oven, let cool slightly, then dig in!