Indulge in the delightful flavors of the season with our homemade baked pumpkin fries – a culinary adventure that’ll transport your taste buds to autumn wonderland! These crispy, golden fries aren’t just fun to eat, but they’re also packed with nutritional goodness. The sweet, tender pumpkin provides a healthy dose of vitamin A, while the crunchy coating adds a burst of savory delight with nutritional yeast and a hint of spice from paprika. Whether you’re savoring them as a snack, appetizer, or side dish, these pumpkin fries are the perfect way to embrace the season’s bounty while treating your taste buds to a whirlwind of flavors. So, grab a plate, dip them in your favorite sauce, and embark on a delicious journey that’s as good for your taste buds as it is for your body!
Recipe for homemade baked pumpkin fries:
• 1 small pumpkin, peeled, seeds removed, and cut into fry-sized pieces
• 1/2 cup potato starch
• 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 teaspoon paprika
• 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
• parchment paper
• Optional: Dipping sauce of your choice (e.g., sriracha mayo, ketchup, or aioli)
1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C) and place a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in the oven while it preheats.
2. After removing the seeds from the pumpkin, cut the peeled pumpkin into fries-sized pieces. Soak them in cold water for 30 minutes to remove excess starch and improve crispiness. Drain and pat them dry with paper towels.
3. In a large Ziplock bag, combine the potato starch, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, paprika, and sea salt. Shake the bag to mix the dry ingredients thoroughly.
4. Add the dry, soaked pumpkin fries to the Ziplock bag, seal it, and shake vigorously to coat the fries evenly with the mixture.
5. Once the oven is preheated, remove the hot baking sheet and lightly grease it with cooking spray or a small amount of oil.
6. Carefully arrange the coated pumpkin fries on the preheated baking sheet in a single layer. Ensure they are not overcrowded, as this helps them get crispy.
7. Bake the pumpkin fries in the preheated oven for about 35-40 minutes or until they are golden brown and crisp, turning them once halfway through the cooking time.
8. After baking, switch the oven to broil and place the fries on the top rack. Broil for 3-5 minutes, keeping a close eye to prevent burning. This will give the fries an extra crispiness and a bit of a roasted finish.
9. Remove from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes. Serve the pumpkin fries with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!
These homemade baked pumpkin fries make a delicious and nutritious snack or side dish. Adjust the seasonings to your taste, and don’t forget to keep an eye on them while broiling to avoid overcooking.