I haven't eaten chips in over 3 weeks due to a bit of post moving over indulgence, I miss them. When trying to think up something else to do with Butternut Squash other than roasting in oil I wondered if it would be possible to cook them minus any fat, that's how this experiment came about.
I'm not the strongest of people so I find prepping Butternut Squash a bit of an ordeal, I also need my knives sharpened. This bad boy took a lot of effort to cut.
|Quite An Effort|
|Quick and Simple|
|Try To Slice Evenly|
|Butternut Fries Air Drying|
I couldn't believe just how much water came out of the squash, the grease proof paper was soaked through. I then put the raw fries onto kitchen paper to dry further.
|Yet More Moisture|
Next I tried baking some, 200C 10 minutes per side on a non stick tray. These didn't dry out and had no fry like texture and they burnt more than the grilled version. I was getting nowhere fast with the no fat methods.
By this time I had begun to make dinner, the Butternut Squash Fries were due to be served with homemade Sriracha Burgers, problem was, I hadn't gotten even close to crispness.
I gave in to olive oil, though there was a low fat compromise for the overall meal.
I lightly greased a baking sheet and laid the fries out so they were one single layer.
I cooked them at 200C for 20 minutes, I didn't get the crispness that I was looking for but they came out lovely regardless.
|Butternut Squash Oven Fries|
Keeping with the lower fat compromise I grilled the Sriracha Burgers instead of frying them, which is my usual method for cooking burgers. They turned out great, recipe post coming tomorrow.
When I'm no longer watching the calories I might give the fries another go, but there will be actual frying involved if I do. I'm not very good at this weight loss diet stuff, it makes being on a gluten free diet feel so easy.
Must. Stop. Eating..... *sob* Cheese.