Jicama is a root vegetable that is native to Mexico and Central America. The starchy veg has a light brown skin and white, crisp ‘meat’ that is similar to the texture of a turnip. It has a mild, sweet flavor. Jicama is a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. Carb-cutters love substituting it in place of potatoes.
Crispy Jicama Fries
1 medium jicama (about 1 pound)
1 lard for frying
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Ketchup for serving
Remove jicama peel and cut ‘meat’ into matchsticks
Bring 1 inch of water to a boil
Boil matchsticks for 5 minutes, pat dry
Heat frying oil in a cast iron skillet
Fry matchsticks in small batches until golden
Toss with sea salt and pepper and serve piping hot!