Rutabaga Gone Wild!

Prior to today, I had no idea what a rutabaga was. As part ofKatie’snew food challenge, I went out on a limb and purchased an organic rutabaga at the market today. Without fear, I peeled it, cut it up, seasoned and baked.Rutabaga fries.

Pure genius.

The lucky ingredients: Rutabaga, olive oil, and spices of your choice. I chose chili powder, garlic/sea salt, adobo, and paprika.

You can do you, I’ll do me.

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Don’t be scared of the rutabaga. It’s just a yellow turnip. But “yellow turnip” doesn’t sound as cool as “rutabaga”. All you do is lob off the ends, then peel it like a potato. It’s a root vegetable, so it’s going to feel and look much like a potato. After peeling, just cut it into french fry-sized-slices.

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Then, throw them in a bowl, slather them with some olive oil, and spice away. I initially took this picture to show you how I store my spices in my pantry-less abode. Upon further review, I realized that Nikko is looking awfully cute peeking around the side of the cabinet door. I just love him. Luckily, this picture is not nearly as freaky asthis onewas.

Whoa. Yeah. Not even close.

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spices n nikko.jpg

Anyway. Let’s try to get that image out of our heads now, shall we?

Turn the seasoned rutabaga fries onto a cookie sheet, and make sure they’re in a single layer.

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Bake at 400 degrees for about 30-40 minutes, or until they’re golden brown. Or, if you’re me, don’t even pretend to be able to make them golden brown. Just burn them and get it over with.

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Heat up a veggie hot dog (or FIVE), and serve with a lot of ketchup.

It’s just necessary.

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