Stepping away from the traditional potato, these BBQ Beet Fries are a healthy, low-carb, baked side to any summer cookout. Make room on your plate for this super veggie showstopper. Gluten-free, vegan, and paleo, everyone can enjoy some “fries!”
Who am I?! I’m cheating on potatoes with beets! Actually beets are one of my other favorite foods (okay, I have a lot of favorites and you probably want me to shut-up since I say every food is my favorite but…), I thought they should get some recipe love. I usually just eat my daily beets (yes, daily) chopped up and raw in a mix of veggies I have for dinner, but sometimes a girl has to get fancy with her beets.
Here’s my history with beets. I started as the typical American with being introduced to beets as pickled and in a jar. I think I told my mom I wanted to try them because I saw this very old episode of Doug (does anyone remember that show?) and he was forced to eat beets at the dinner table. Well, I wanted to try them for myself, so I did. And I loved those salty, pickled, cold sliced beets! Then years later, my dad actually bought REAL beets with the greens still attached. I was amazed. He simple boiled them on the stove and we ate them cut up. O, I fell in love all over again! Then I wanted to start making REAL beets all the time, so I eventually started roasting them in the oven. One of my first “recipes” on the blog was how to roast beets (which I called my candy). My mom and I loved them this way. Then I got pretty lazy and didn’t feel like having them bake for so long. So I skipped even peeling them to begin with. Then I just said screw it and started enjoying them, unpeeled, and raw! I will always loved a perfect roasted sweet beet (cold from the fridge the next day is best, just like Brussels!), but raw and crunchy has been the name of the game for a while now!
Except this time. Not raw today! No, baked into “fries”! BBQ coated fries! You don’t even need to dip them (even though I still did)! I actually got the idea for these when someone, a few months ago, posted a picture either on instagram or their blog, of beet fries that they had at some restaurant. They said the fries were one of the best things ever. So, I got to thinking and made my own. That’s a lot easier than traveling hundreds of miles for some beet fries…even for this beet lover!
BBQ Beet Fries
- Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- Wash the beets and then, without peeling them, cut the end off so the tips are flat. Then Cut each beet in half and then cut each in to thin wedges.
- In a large bowl, combine all spices and sauce. Then coat all the beet wedges in the mixture, making sure every side and slice is well and coated.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then lay out each wedge and place the sheet in the oven to bake for 15 minutes. Flip each wedge and bake for another 15 minutes.
- Remove and serve with more BBQ sauce....or ketchup ;)
Yes, these are pretty unconventional baked “fries”, but they are a super tasty and perfect side dish for summer cooking! And even if you’re shaking you head about beets, since I know there are some “beet-haters” out there, give these a try before you knock ’em! You may just be surprised! I mean, everything is better with BBQ sauce (or ketchup) and eaten as a fry!
So tell me:
+ Beet lover or (the evil) beet hater?
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