Friday, June 22, 2012

Jicama Fries

We recently discovered a new yummy way to eat jicama... cooking it! I thought it would be gross since jicama seems like such a fresh, crunchy thing that I thought if you cooked it, it would be nasty. WRONG! It still retains some crunch and the cooking brings out the sweetness in it and makes it super yummy. I think I like it cooked better than fresh!

So... here's an easy-peasy recipe for jicama fries - great for snacking or as a side dish.

1 jicama
Coconut oil, melted (enough to cover a skillet with about a ½ inch of oil)
Sea salt to taste

Peel the jicama. Cut in half, and then in slices. Cut the slices into strips (think french fries). Heat the coconut oil in a large heavy skillet until piping hot - when it starts to smoke a little bit and/or "pop." Put in enough of the jicama so that all the pieces can be submerged in the oil (be careful - the oil is HOT!). Let it fry until the jicama turns crispy and brown, stirring occasionally, around 5-10 minutes (depends on how thinly you sliced your jicama). When they are crisped to your satisfaction, fish them out with a slotted spoon or spatula and place on a paper towel-lined plate. Sprinkle with salt to taste. Add more jicama to the oil and repeat the process till you're finished!

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