Looking for something different, lean but with great taste? What about trying fries made from Hokkaido pumpkin?
Hokkaido pumpkin is a great substitute for sweet potato with only 8.8 g carbs per 100g. For reference, sweet potato has 20 carbs per 100g.
These Hokkaido pumpkin fries are super easy to make!
We used our airfryer to cook them, but you can also cook them in the oven at 200ºC/ 400ºF.
What you need to make them:
- One Hokkaido pumpkin
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Airfryer or oven
What to do:
- Preheat your air fryer or oven (hot air) to 200ºC/400ºF
- Cut the pumpkin in half
- Remove the seeds with a spoon
- Peel the skin, we use a cooking knife to cut it off piece by piece
- Cut it into equal-sized pieces, about 1cm thick
- But on some olive oil and seasoning, we went for chill powder and salt
- Fry them in an air fryer for the best result. You can do it in the oven as well, using high temperature and hot air mode
How to serve:
We served the fries with chicken and some salt on top, but it can be served with anything you’d like!
Here are some creative ways to serve up these paleo-friendly delights:
- Classic Dipping Delight:
Serve your Hokkaido pumpkin fries with a classic homemade paleo-friendly dipping sauce. Mix together some creamy avocado mayo with a dash of garlic powder, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. This savory dip complements the sweetness of the pumpkin fries perfectly.
- Spicy Chipotle Kicker:
Spice things up by creating a smoky chipotle dipping sauce. Combine mashed avocado, coconut cream, a touch of lime juice, and some minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce for that irresistible kick. The creamy and spicy sauce pairs wonderfully with the naturally sweet Hokkaido pumpkin.
- Herb-Infused Indulgence:
Elevate your pumpkin fries by tossing them in a blend of dried herbs like rosemary, thyme, and oregano, along with a sprinkle of sea salt. These aromatic herbs not only add depth of flavor but also offer additional health benefits.
- Tahini Tah-Delight:
Drizzle your Hokkaido pumpkin fries with a luscious tahini sauce. Mix tahini with a bit of water, lemon juice, minced garlic, and a pinch of cumin. This Middle Eastern-inspired sauce adds a rich, nutty flavor that complements the pumpkin’s natural sweetness.
- Cinnamon-Sugar Sensation:
If you’re in the mood for a sweeter treat, lightly coat your pumpkin fries in a mixture of ground cinnamon and a touch of coconut sugar before roasting. The warm and cozy flavors will remind you of autumn, and you can pair these fries with a dollop of coconut whipped cream for an extra treat.
- Guacamole Goodness:
Take a bold approach by serving your pumpkin fries with a guacamole twist. Prepare a guacamole with diced avocado, chopped cilantro, diced red onion, diced tomato, lime juice, and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper. The creamy guacamole adds a fresh contrast to the fries.
- Nut Butter Drizzle:
For a satisfying blend of sweet and savory, drizzle your roasted pumpkin fries with a drizzle of almond or cashew butter. The nutty richness of the butter complements the natural sweetness of the pumpkin in a delightful way.
Remember, Hokkaido pumpkin is not only delicious but also loaded with nutrients like beta-carotene, potassium, and fiber. So, whether you’re enjoying them as a snack, side dish, or even a post-workout treat, these Hokkaido pumpkin fries will surely add a burst of flavor and nutrition to your paleo lifestyle. Happy cooking and happy paleo feasting!
Looking for more healthy air fries recipes, why not check out this on one how to make sweet potato fries.