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There's no real replacement for the all-mighty potato, but these celery root french fries are a pretty good snack.
I am a serious potato addict! Mashed, baked, scalloped, roasted, hashed, chipped, and especially french fried. I love the potato in so many ways, but while eating low carb or keto, these guys are a wee bit too high on the glycemic index so I need to refrain.
Thus, I'm forever looking for the perfect substitute. So far the best are simply fried green beans, but I also tried to make them from the ugliest vegetable in the market. The celery root.
With only 5.9 grams of carbs per 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of cooked vegetable, celeriac is a healthier, lower-carb alternative to potatoes (1).
They were ok, I think next time I'll need to fry them longer to get them to crisp up a bit better. They were the texture of a dehydrated apple and I added cayenne pepper for spice and overdid it so they were super spicy. They satisfied my salty craving for french fries so they were definitely a success.
I think these would actually be a great snack, appetizer, or a nice side to accompany burgers. I might also serve these with my green olive tuna salad for dipping or as a nice side with crispy chicken leg quarters. I think these would make a great combo.
If you're one of those who enjoy sweet and salty and miss dipping fries in ice cream, you could also make these to dip in my chocolate walnut fat-bomb ice cream. I bet that would be pretty good!
Try em for yourself and let me know how they come out. I'm really curious to see how other folks like these. They're definitely different, but the difference is similar to making something like mashed garlic cauliflower or parsnip chips.
Here's the tweaked version of Emril's celery root french fries recipe.
- 2 lbs Whole celery root peeled, and cut into 2-inch by 1-inch batons
- Fat of choice
- Salt and seasonings of choice
- Oil for frying
- ¼ cup Parmesan optional
- Lightly toss the celery root in the fat of your choice, I use bacon grease.
- In a large saute pan or deep fat fryer, heat oil.
- When the oil is hot, add the celery root fries, carefully not to overcrowd the fries.
- Fry on one side until golden, about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Turn over and continue frying until done about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a paper-lined plate.
- Season to taste with salt and whatever other seasonings you like.
- Garnish with the Parmesan. (optional)