I think that swede is often an underrated vegetable. But these swede chips with parmesan will change that perception, as they are so delicious. The chips are baked in the oven, and it really enhances the nutty flavour of the humble swede.
Why try swede chips?
- Swede is a healthy alternative to white potatoes. It has a lower glycemic index, meaning it'll help to keep your blood sugar levels more even. It counts as one of your five a day, and it's also rich in fibre, folic acid and vitamins E and C.
- Seasonal and budget friendly. Swedes are widely available in supermarkets over the winter months, and are very good value.
- Swede chips are easy to make. There's no need to parboil them, just prepare the chips and pop them in the oven.
- They taste great, and are a delicious accompaniment to many meals.
Swede. This is also known as rutabaga in the US and some other countries. It's a largish round vegetable with a thin purplish brown skin. The swede chips will shrink down as they cook, so a large swede will serve 4 people. If you do have some leftover swede, you might also like to try mashed carrot and swede, or roasted swede.
Olive oil. You could also use another type of healthy cooking oil if you prefer. Or if you'd like garlic flavoured chips, use an oil infused with garlic.
Parmesan. This adds a lovely salty tang to the swede chips. Grate it finely so that it's easy to sprinkle over the chips.
Salt and pepper to taste.
How to prepare swede
Swede is a relatively tough vegetable, so the first cut can be a little difficult. You'll need a large sharp knife (please do take care!). First trim off the bottom of the swede so that you've got a flat base which won't rock around. Then slice it in half down through the centre, and peel each half with a vegetable peeler. Then lie each half of the swede flat side down on the board and cut into 1 cm slices.
Cut each slice through into 1cm chips.
Add the swede chips to a bowl and toss in the olive oil with the salt and pepper. Spread out the chips on a baking sheet. Don't cram them too closely together on the tray as they won't cook properly. If necessary, use a second baking sheet.
Cook in a hot preheated oven at 200 degrees for 20 minutes. Yo might need to turn the baking trays to ensure they cook evenly. You'll also need to flip the chips so they brown on both sides. After 20 minutes, remove from the oven and sprinkle over the parmesan. Return the tray to the oven for a final 5 minutes.
How to serve
I think swede chips are most enjoyable served hot straight from the oven. Enjoy them as a healthy side dish with meat or vegetarian dishes. You could also serve them with a tasty dip or this butter bean hummus for lunch.
People also ask
The taste of swede can best be described as partway between a carrot and a turnip. When it's been cooked in the oven, it has a nutty, buttery flavour.
Yes, cut them and freeze them raw. They can then be cooked from frozen. Cook them for an extra 10 minutes in the oven.
If necessary, you can cut the chips and then leave them in a bowl of water in the fridge for a few hours until you are ready to cook them. However, I prefer not to do this as some of the water soluble vitamins may leach out into the water.
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Swede Chips with Parmesan
- 1 large swede
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 20 g parmesan cheese finely grated
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees (180 fan).
- Using a sharp knife, cut off the base from the swede so that it is level. Cut the swede in half through the centre. Peel each half.
- Lay each half flat on the board, and cut into 1 cm slices. Then cut each slice into 1 cm chips.
- Place the chips in a large bowl and toss with the olive oil and seasoning. Tip the chips out onto a baking tray. If necessary, use 2 trays so that the chips are well spaced.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Flip the chips partway through and if necessary turn the trays to ensure they cook evenly.
- After 20 minutes, remove from the oven and sprinkle with the grated parmesan. Return the tray to the oven for a final 5 minutes.