5 Fruit and Vegetable Fries You Have to Try

©. Jaymi Heimbuch

Sweet potatoes aren’t the only challenger to the conventional potato’s French-fried dominance. In fact, there are many fruits and veggies that make for a great alternative to french fries (or what our British friends might call chips).

So, if your comfort food cravings demand a little more creativity, or you’re just looking for a new way to serve some winter CSA staples, try these fries.

1. Rutabega fries

rutabaga fries

© Margaret Badore I’m a big fan of Michael Pollan’s advice that if you want a treat, it’s best to make it yourself--that way you'll know exactly what and how much goes into the recipe. These fries are oven-roasted in olive oil, so they are a touch healthier than the fast-food fries.

2. Carrot fries

Carrot fries taste a bit sweet like sweet potato fries, and still go great with any ketchup. This recipe from the blog 2 Teaspoons bakes in about 20 minutes. Maybe try them with jalapeno-raspberry dipping sauce?

3. Panko-crusted eggplant fries

Ok, once you’re into the territory of breaded veggies, we can’t keep pretending that we’re eating something super-healthy. But super yummy? You bet. This vegan recipe from Oh My Veggies is served with a mouthwatering side of curried cashew aioli.

4. Butternut squash fries

This recipe from Busy in Brooklyn gets a little spicy with chili powder, smoked paprika and garlic.

5. Baked avocado fries

avocado fries photo

© Jaymi Heimbuch Sadly, avocados imported from Chile aren’t awesome for the environment at the moment. However, if our readers are lucky enough to live in an area with locally grown avocados (like California or Mexico), this recipe is hands down a must-try and is one of TreeHugger’s most popular recipes.

Do you have a favorite unconventional fry? Tell us in the comments!