Jicama is a vegetable that has been around for ages, yet I rarely see it offered at restaurants or even salad bars. Today I cut into a jicama to add a crunch and fresh taste to a homemade salad, but I still had so much remaining. I decided to bake them as “fries” and they turned out marvelously delicious and crunchy. Jicama is naturally crunchy, and retains its crispness even when baked. Try these as a healthy side, snack or as an alternative to French fries.
- 1 jicama, peeled, and cut into 1/2 inch strips
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1⁄4 tsp salt
- 1⁄4 tsp pepper
- 1⁄4 tsp garlic powder
- 1⁄4 tsp paprika
- 1⁄8 tsp onion powder
- 1⁄4 tsp turmeric
- Pinch of cayenne (for additional heat, optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet pan. Put jicama strips in a bowl, and toss with the olive oil and spices. Empty coated jicama onto the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake until beginning to brown and crisp, about 30 minutes.