Rating: 3.98 stars
133 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 56
  • 4 star values: 41
  • 3 star values: 19
  • 2 star values: 11
  • 1 star values: 6

My daughters and I are on a low-carb diet and were looking for something to curb our 'French fry' cravings. I've heard that turnips can be made into some great 'fries.' I experimented with it and came up with this. You can add whatever spices you'd like.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with a piece of aluminum foil and lightly grease.

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  • Peel the turnips, and cut into French fry-sized sticks, about 1/3 by 4 inches. Place into a large bowl, and toss with the vegetable oil to coat. Place the Parmesan cheese, garlic salt, paprika, onion powder in a resealable plastic bag, and shake to mix. Place the oiled turnips into the bag, and shake until evenly coated with the spices. Spread out onto the prepared baking sheet.

  • Bake in preheated oven until the outside is crispy, and the inside is tender, about 20 minutes. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

83 calories; protein 3.2g; carbohydrates 11.6g; fat 3.1g; cholesterol 3.7mg; sodium 404.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (114)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2010
I ate 4 servings even though I think the recipe needs work, so I gave it 4 stars instead of 3. :) I used 1/2 cup of cheese instead of 1/3, and fresh garlic because I didn't have garlic salt, and no onion powder because I didn't have that either. All of that was fine. I also used two tbsp oil instead of one, that was a mistake, too greasy. I baked them for 20 minutes at 425 and cranked up the oven to 450 and watched them for another couple minutes - took them out when the edges on two or three started to burn. Whoever said the cheese was the only thing crispy about these... I had that experience also. #1 change these need is something to crisp them up on the outside. I didn't have to turn them, although maybe that would have helped. Cutting them thinner (more like shoestrings than pub fries) might have helped too - the thinner ones seemed a bit crisper. The flavor was good though. They're just a little sweet, which is nice. No, they don't taste just like potato fries. Soy milk doesn't taste just like dairy milk, and veggie burgers don't taste just like beef burgers. I like these things for what they are, not how much they do or don't taste like something else, but to each their own. If you're looking for potato fries, try potatoes; but if you don't mind something a little different, give these a go. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/09/2008
Would have given it three and a half......but can't. They were good ,I would probably add something else , I just don't know what. I have a feeling these are an acquired taste. Read More
(74)
133 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 56
  • 4 star values: 41
  • 3 star values: 19
  • 2 star values: 11
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 4 stars
12/15/2010
I ate 4 servings even though I think the recipe needs work, so I gave it 4 stars instead of 3. :) I used 1/2 cup of cheese instead of 1/3, and fresh garlic because I didn't have garlic salt, and no onion powder because I didn't have that either. All of that was fine. I also used two tbsp oil instead of one, that was a mistake, too greasy. I baked them for 20 minutes at 425 and cranked up the oven to 450 and watched them for another couple minutes - took them out when the edges on two or three started to burn. Whoever said the cheese was the only thing crispy about these... I had that experience also. #1 change these need is something to crisp them up on the outside. I didn't have to turn them, although maybe that would have helped. Cutting them thinner (more like shoestrings than pub fries) might have helped too - the thinner ones seemed a bit crisper. The flavor was good though. They're just a little sweet, which is nice. No, they don't taste just like potato fries. Soy milk doesn't taste just like dairy milk, and veggie burgers don't taste just like beef burgers. I like these things for what they are, not how much they do or don't taste like something else, but to each their own. If you're looking for potato fries, try potatoes; but if you don't mind something a little different, give these a go. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/08/2008
Would have given it three and a half......but can't. They were good ,I would probably add something else , I just don't know what. I have a feeling these are an acquired taste. Read More
(74)
Rating: 4 stars
03/19/2010
These were pretty good. My teenager had no idea they were made from turnips. I reccomend turning them half way thru the baking process. I am not sure exactly what happened to mine but the only part that was really 'crispy' was the cheese. The cheese started to burn a bit. Also, I grew up with Scotland relatives and to them, a turnip is what we call a rutabaga. I did use turnip but next time I think I might try rutabaga to see how that tastes. I dipped mine in light sour cream with a dash of dill. The spices used in this recipe are really good. Thanks Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2011
Me and two kids tried this recipe. We all LOVED it! I cut them thinly to try to get them extra crispy but after cooking them for more than 20 minutes they were still droopy. But still, very very tasty! I didn't use the tablespoon of oil though, instead I sprayed pam into the bag to coat the turnips while going easy on the fat. This was my first time eating turnips. Even if I can never get these fries crispy- this is still a new favorite. Who knew turnips were tasty! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/24/2008
i thought this was pretty good. i used a generous amount of melted butter instead of the oil. i recommend cutting the turnip slices quite thin so they are a bit crispy. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/19/2011
I tried baking these on an elevated rack to see if they would get crunchier. Nope. They got more chewy rather then crispy. I did like the flavor quite a bit though... I added chili powder, cumin, garlic powder s&p. I'll definitely make these again..nice lighter sub for potatoes Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2009
I loved these but they need to be turned halfway through cooking to avoid burning. I'll be experimenting with different spices for some options but I thought they were better than seasoned french fries. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2012
I thought these were great. A few reviewers mentioned that the "fries" weren't crispy, so I added a shake or two of panko to the bag with the seasonings and cheese. I cut mine into steak fry shape, and they needed probably twice as long in the oven, but they came out with a nice crunch from the panko, and I enjoyed them very much. I will definitely make again using smoked paprika next time and perhaps a sharper cheese like romano or asiago. Thanks IM COOKIN!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2010
For turnips this is actually good. I was surprised. I don't think turnips can get any better. Read More
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