Acorn Squash Fries

Oven Baked Vegetable Fries - Use any root vegetable -- squash, yams, daikon, carrots!

Who doesn't have an emotional attachment to french fries? They make a great side to most dishes. They are served everywhere. Poutine is amazing! So why not come up with a way to serve fries at home that aren't deep fried, coated in oil and in my case, no potato! Try turnips as well!

Ok, ok, so they aren't going to be the same as the real thing. The fries below are truffle fries served with mayo and ketchup. Yep, delicious!

However, you can still try these at home and get "almost" as much enjoyment! Plus, a whole acorn squash is only around 150-200 calories, so think of how many fries you can make compared to that portion size at a restaurant!


Peel the acorn squash

Next time I might cook in the microwave first to make the peeling a bit easier. With yams, I don't peel first, I just give a good wash!

Scoop out the innards and strategically try to cut the squash into the best "fry pieces" you can figure out. Mine weren't perfect. I also saved all of the little end bits to heat up for a future meal or salad topper.

I sprayed my pan with a little bit of pam and then coated in some seasoning salt.

Cook time will vary depending on your oven and your pan you used. I was using a clay pan in this case so no flipping required! I cooked at 350' for around 45 minutes.

There are not many shown on the pan as I kept checking every 20 minutes to see how they were cooking and had to sample some at each timing point. Oops.

Husband friendly success. He gave two thumbs up!


Linda said...

We tried making these tonight. They were delicious! Thanks for posting.

Lindsey said...

These were amazing! Mine didn't look as pretty as yours, but they sure were tasty. Thank you!

Erinn Pinky said...

Thanks Linda and Lindsey for the great feedback!. Lindsey - I swear the success of my fries is in my pampered chef pan that I use! It doesn't require me to flip the food as it browns on both sides and makes everything nice and crispy. Without having to flip, the squash keep their shape better!

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Anonymous said...

Could I use the Pizza Stone to cook the Acorn Squash Fries ?

Erinn Pinky said...

Yes, a pizza stone works ! You can also just use a cookie sheet with parchment paper or tinfoil.

Anonymous said...

Great photos. They really told the story. I used a roasting pan and mine cooked up in 22 minutes. I think the pan does affect the timing. I tossed the fries in the oil and spices and it was soooooo tasty. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe as I am not much of a squash person except for loaves. This has me converted, which is not an easy task. Hooray you! sincerely, Deb

Anonymous said...

Tried acorn squash fries tonight. I deep fried in coconut oil. Till a nice crunchy looking brown. And even my picky husband thought they tasted ALOT like real fries. Instant hit with my kids. And me a huge potato lover now not able to have them, Oh YA! I am loving this!

Anonymous said...

I have found the secret to oven fries of any kind is to toss them with 1T olive oil and 1 egg WHITE plus your seasoning of any type. The crispy texture is amazing and you are adding protein.

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Anna Cleovoulou said...

Thanks so much for this amazing recipe! Shared some yesterday with my coworker, Stephanie who likewise really enjoyed them :)