Thursday, January 10, 2013

The RUTABAGA!

Last weekend we went to Paducah, Kentucky for a much
needed weekend getaway.
It's amazing how one night in a hotel, a good 
meal at a nice restaurant and some dancing can revitalize 
my being.

On this particular trip, I made a stop on the
way home at the local grocery store.
I love to shop in different towns
and see what ingredients they may have to offer.

On this particular trip, one discovery was the RUTABAGA.


I have never bought or cooked one.
I ate one once that was cooked by 
my sister-in-law, Karen.
I am pretty sure she cooked
them kinda like turnips.
I just remember they were
good.
  That was about 20 years ago.

As many turnips I have seen in my life, I was still
intimidated by this 
turnip-like
 veggie.
It is covered in wax.
That may have been one factor that
caused me to be leery.
Turns out, it is a wonderful and easy veggie
to cook.

First, I cut it in half.  I then used my peeler to peel it.
I only used half for this recipe.
I cut the half into nice chunky fries and tossed 
the pieces with a bit of olive oil,
steak seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper.



I preheated the oven to 425 degrees and placed the strips
on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.


I cooked them for about 40 minutes.  I tossed them a couple of times.  The would have probably crisped
more, but it would have taken and hour...
and I was hungry.


These were soooooo
good.
They were similar to white potato fries,
but they had a slight sweetness to them and more 
pizzazz.

And about half the calories!
  OMG!

The RUTABAGA will definitely be on my 
"to buy" list from
now on!  

Here is a pic of the fries with 
my huge slab of awesome salmon that I grilled.

It was so so so DE-LisH-Ous!



The hubs had a huge ribeye that I grilled to medium...


 BUT...he admitted the RUTABAGA fries 
won
his heart 
over.   

Love what you eat and eat what you love!
:)

2 comments:

  1. A. of all - rutabaga chips are awesome.

    B. of all - i ADORE your sentiment "love what you eat and eat what you love". So true. and when it comes to real, whole food - i can't get enough :)

    thank you for sharing your post with us at the Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up - I hope to see you again this week with more seasonal & real/whole food posts! xo, kristy

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