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Try a new flavor of French fries: Rutabaga fries is a healthy side dish snack

Rutabaga is a root vegetable which is a cross between the turnip and cabbage family. It is cholesterol free and contains almost no fats what-so-ever. This vegetable is high in calcium, vitamin C and contains magnesium, iron and vitamin B-6 too.

Rutabaga fries is a healthy side dish snack
Jackson Cooking Examiner / Beverly Mucha

Many families serve French fries with dinners and especially when hamburgers are on the menu. Even though potatoes are great compound carbohydrate food it is nice to change things up every now and then and try something new. Here is a simple recipe to experiment with and see if it isn’t the family’s next favorite flavor or fries to eat.


  • 1 pound of rutabagas, peeled and sliced lengthwise into ¼ inch strips
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • ¼ teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400’.
  2. Lightly spray a baking pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a large mixing bowl toss together the rutabagas, oil, paprika and cayenne until it is all nicely coated.
  4. Arrange the fries on the baking pan in a single layer.
  5. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes or until golden in color and crisp.
  6. Once the fries are done remove pan from oven and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Transfer the fries to a platter and serve while hot.
  8. Enjoy!

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Jackson residents can shop at any of these local grocery stores: Pick’n Save or Wal-mart for all the ingredients needed for this recipe.

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