Looking for a replacement for potato fries? Ok, so they're pretty much irreplaceable, but there are some other interesting alternatives that'll add a decidedly adult element to your table.
Whether you've got a glut of new season asparagus, a bunch of carrots or a head of cauliflower knocking around, try experimenting with these perfectly delicious and deserving substitutes, capable of filling that crunchy, desirable side dish role.
Take your pick from root vegetables to polenta, choose a cooking method, from deep fried to baked, spice things up or include unctuous side sauces and discover a whole new way of falling in love with fries, without the potato.
10 Types of Fries
Crispy and crunchy, plantain make for a satisfying starchy side dish in a league of their own. Though nutritionally similar to the potato, this tropical staple does contain higher amounts of potassium, magnesium, and vitamin C. Find our gluten free deep fried plantain recipe here.
If you love the sweetness and vibrant colour of pumpkin, try turning turning them into oven fries. In addition to its attractive appearance and flavour, this North American gourd is considered by many to be a superfood. This recipe comes with an olive oil dip.
Like pumpkin, sweet potato is a blaze-orange New World staple absolutely packed with nutrients like vitamin A. For hot and hassle free sweet potato chips try this easy recipe with ketchup on the side.
The word avocado is derived from the name of this oleaginous fruit in the Aztecan language of Nahuatl, which points to its geographical and cultural origins. Deep fried or oven baked, avocado slices in a crunchy coating make for an interesting variation on the dip theme. Try our killer oven baked avocado fries recipe.
Yuca, or cassava fries, will make you forget all about potatoes in this recipe from The Healthy Maven for mildly spiced, crunchy on the outside, soft in the middle cassava fries. This carb staple is nutritionally akin to the potato and is a cornerstone of the diets of 800 million people globally.
These golden zucchini fries baked to crispy perfection in less than 40 mins will probably have your guests chanting gimme gimme gimme over at Gimme Delicious Food. Also known as courgette, this vegetable traces its lineage to mezzo-America but also to Italy, where the current form of this squash variety was first cultivated.
Bite size crunchy florets of cauliflower are enough to make the cruciferous vegetable a favourite all over again in this recipe for oven fried florets from the hungrycouplenyc. Historians place cauliflower’s genesis on the island of Cyprus. Try using the green, orange, or purple varieties of this plant to change up the aesthetics of these fries.
Asparagus’ star nutrient is vitamin K, but it has many other dietary virtues besides. If you're looking for alternative ways to enjoy your tender spring asparagus try this recipe for baked asparagus fries with a panko and parmesan crust from damndelicious.
Carrots are a cheap and plentiful pantry staple making them an economical potato replacement that also happens to give you heaps of beta carotene, fibre, and other essential nutrients. Try harnessing their sweet goodness by frying them before devouring them as long sticks. Try this recipe for carrot sticks from Oh My Veggies.
If you have a batch of polenta leftover, try turning this Italian mainstay into hearty fried sticks in this enticing recipe from A Cozy Kitchen that'll satisfy that starch craving and comes with a zesty lime may. Find out other uses for polenta in the kitchen.