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Jicama is the New Potato: Loaded BLT Jicama Fries


Excuse me? Jica - what? It's Jicama! Have you ever tried Jicama Fries or Jicama in general? If not, I welcome you to try these uniquely delicious, healthier version of regular potato french fries.


Jicama is a starchy root vegetable and is a great source of fiber and antioxidants. They are also slightly sweet and low in sugar. It has a similar texture to a crisp pear or water chestnut. But, when they are seasoned and baked until golden brown, they become crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. They are pure perfection. Throw some savory bacon, crisp lettuce, juicy tomato and tangy ranch on top and it will be your healthyish foodie dream come true.


There are two things that I absolutely love: A well made BLT sandwich with fries on the side of course and any type of fry generally speaking. Regular french fries, sweet potato fries, waffle fries, curly fries, you name it. Since I love both so much I combined your typical BLT sandwich with fries on the side into one dish and made them healthier!


In my opinion, fries in general make for a great snack, side dish or appetizer. So, these loaded BLT jicama fries are a great alternative for any meal when you want to indulge, but also be healthy and not have a full sandwich with a side. Jicama fries are great on their own with a simple dipping sauce, but they are EVEN BETTER when they are loaded with all of these toppings and fixins.


You can easily get these pre-cut at your local grocery store such as Whole Foods, Mariano's or Jewel. If you cannot find them pre-cut they do have the vegetable as a whole and you can peel and cut them yourself as well.



INGREDIENTS: For the Loaded BLT Jicama Fries

1 LB Jicama Sticks (pre-cut. Can be found at Whole Foods, Mariano’s or jewel) OR 1-2 Jicamas whole, peeled and cut

Fries seasoning (see recipe below)

2 TBSP vegetable oil

1 tomato, chopped

1 head of romaine lettuce, washed and thinly sliced

6 slices of bacon, chopped and cooked

Lite or Low Fat Ranch dressing, drizzled


INGREDIENTS: For the Fries Seasoning

1/3 TBSP salt + more to taste if needed at the end

1/8 TSP black pepper

1/2 TSP garlic powder

1/4 TSP basil

1/4 TSP paprika

1/8 TSP cayenne red pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees, line a baking sheet with parchment paper, spray with non stick spray and set aside.

  2. Mix all seasoning ingredients together in a bowl

  3. Pour vegetable oil over jicama and season with fries seasoning. Mix well.

  4. Lay seasoned jicama sticks down on your prepared baking sheet. When oven is ready, place in the oven and bake for 35 minutes, turning jicama sticks over half way through. Then, again until all sides are crisp and golden brown.

  5. While jicama is baking, chop your tomato and place in a bowl, thinly slice romaine lettuce, and cook your bacon.

  6. When jicama is done remove from heat and transfer to parchment lined board or plate.

  7. Begin layering with lettuce first, tomatoes, then bacon.

  8. Drizzle with ranch and serve immediately.

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