Have you been dodging everyone’s favorite fries lately because you want to get rid of unwanted pounds or you just want to make sure that your heart is out of harm’s way? Actually, you don’t really have to shun those golden brown strips of potatoes because there is a workaround, and that is by making your own fries at home.
Perhaps you have already come across a number of recipes for turning potatoes into crispy perfection and you have already tried all of them. Now you are wondering: what else could I turn into healthy fries? Well, you are in luck because later on in this article you will learn how to make cassava fries like no other.
Also known as yucca or manioc, cassava is something that a lot of people tend to shy away from because they must have heard that it can be toxic. According to experts, cassava is only toxic when consumed raw. You should not have any problem if you remember to cook cassava to get rid of the compounds that give it a poisonous rep.
One of the best ways to cook cassava is by baking it. And one way of making this root vegetable so interesting to eat is by turning it into crispy fries. Because you are a health-conscious individual, baking is the perfect cooking method. It won’t take long before you are snacking on fries that are way healthier that what all fast food joints sell.
There are actually a handful of root vegetables that you can turn into yummy and crispy fries at home, and cassava is just one of them. Turning cassava into fries is a wonderful idea because cassava actually offers a number of health benefits, thanks to its amazing nutritional profile. Some of the perks it offers include:
Regulated movement of the bowels
Lowered risk of hemorrhoids and even cancer of the colon
Reduced bad cholesterol in the bloodstream
Normalized blood pressure
Optimized number of red blood cells or RBCs
Increased energy levels
The above are just some of the many health benefits that cassava is capable of offering, say nutrition experts. And simply by turning cassava into golden brown fries, you can easily take advantage of those perks. So without further ado, here’s the easy-to-follow recipe for making cassava fries:
2 medium-sized cassavas
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Ground black pepper
Finely-ground sea salt
-Using a sharp knife, carefully chop off the ends and then remove the tough exterior of cassavas.
-Thoroughly wash peeled cassavas under running water.
-Chop them into quarters and then slice them up into strips.
-Transfer cassava strips into a large pot and fill with enough water to submerge the strips.
-Bring to a boil.
-In the meantime, preheat the oven to 230°C or 450°F.
-Once the water is boiling, keep it like that for another 8 to 10 minutes.
-Carefully, fish out the boiled cassava strips and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
-Mix in olive oil and a little ground black pepper and sea salt.
-Arrange neatly on a large baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
-Once cooked, transfer the baking sheet onto a wire rack. Allow to cool for a while.
-Transfer to a large plate and serve with ketchup or any of your favorite dip.