Enjoy this unique fruit called chayote squash that’s dusted with crumbled chicharons. You will be pleased to know that these Chayote Squash Fries are a delicious snack option.
CHAYOTE SQUASH FRIES OVERVIEW
Let me just popularize the infamous Chayote Squash fruit! These green wedges are off the chains cause they’re dusted with chicharons! Oh Come on now! If you know about the Filipino or Hispanic culture, these two items are a perfect combo – crunchy chicharons (pork rinds) + chayote squash!
WHAT IS A CHAYOTE SQUASH?
Chayote Squash has a good amount of nutrients, packed with Vitamin C, amino acids, and good anti-oxidants. This green squash looks like a big pear and can be eaten with it’s skin on and doesn’t require peeling. It tastes like a sweet crunchy cucumber. You can find this fruit in most Asian Markets as well as the Spanish ones too.
Many Filipinos use Chayote (or Sayote) in many dishes such as stir fries and soups. I actually made a Curry version of this. CHICHARONS (OR PORK RINDS) Chicharons or pork rinds have made it’s way as an appetizer or simply one of the finger foods eaten with a cold beer amongst the drunken Filipinos.
Many Filipinos love to dunk chicharons in Filipino Garlic Vinergar Sauce. Then, you also have the Mexican culture using chicharons on top of their street tacos. I’ve used crumbled chicharons on my Crispy Onion Rings instead of using panko bread crumbs.
- Chayote Squash
- Chicharons or Pork Rinds
- Unsweetened Almond Milk – I used milk instead of eggs to hold the coating.
- The OG’s Pows (Onion and Garlic Powders)
- Black Pepper
- All Purpose Flour
- Oil for frying
HOW TO MAKE CHAYOTE SQUASH FRIES
Rinse the chayote. Peel the skin off with a potato peeler. Next, cut the chayote squash into wedges. Cut and remove the seeds inside the chayote.
Prep your dredging station: one bowl with flour, garlic, onion, black pepper; one for the nut milk, one bowl with the crushed chicharon pork rinds. Dredge the chayote wedges in the flour mixture and shake the excess, then the nut milk, and lastly with the crumbled chicharons. Set aside until ready to fry.
Heat skillet with oil enough to cover the skillet on medium high heat. (I have an electric stove so mine was around the notch 7.) Gently, drop a few wedges in the skillet without over crowding and fry for 2-3 minutes or until both sides are golden brown. Drain in a plate lined with paper towels.
You’ll want to serve these immediately. It’ll get soggy if you wait longer than an hour.
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DIET TREND SETTERS SUBSTITUTIONS
KETO – Use Almond Flour or Coconut Flour as a substitution to flour.
VEGAN – Replace the chicharon pork rinds and use vegan bread crumbs or vegan panko.
GLUTEN FREE – Rice Flour or Almond Flour and Gluten Free Cereals are great replacements too.
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Chayote Squash Fries
- 1 Chayote Squash (Cut into wedges)
- 1 cup Chicharons or Pork Rinds (crushed)
- ½ cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
- ½-¾ cup All Purpose Flour
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- Vegetable or Canola Oil for Frying
- Dash of #GoodVibes
- Rinse the chayote. Peel the skin off with a potato peeler. Next, cut the chayote squash into wedges. Remove the seeds inside the chayote just like you would an apple or pear.
- Prep your dredging station: one bowl with flour, garlic, onion, black pepper; one for the nut milk, one bowl with the crushed chicharon pork rinds. Dredge the chayote wedges in the flour mixture and shake the excess, then the nut milk, and lastly with the crumbled chicharons. Set aside until ready to fry.
- Heat skillet with oil enough to cover the skillet on medium high heat. (I have an electric stove so mine was around the notch 7.) Gently, drop a few wedges in the skillet without overcrowding and fry for 2-3 minutes or until both sides are golden brown. Drain in a plate lined with paper towels.
- You'll want to serve these immediately. It'll get soggy if you wait longer than an hour.
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I don’t eat grains ( wheat, corn, rice, oats). Is there a substitute for the flour.?
Janie | Naughty Kitchen
You can use almond flour or chickpea flour. Hope it helps!
I have seen this fruit at the store and had no idea what it was or even less how to use it. Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait it try this recipe now!
Yeah its a fruit but usually on the veggie isles at grocery stores. Hope you try it out soon!
When you think you heard it all… Chayote squash fries… Can`t wait to make it Janie!
Hope you like it Natalie!
What a great way to use squash. These look amazing.
Thank you so much!
Somebody Feed Seb
I love trying new ingredients and recipes and this was one of those really exciting ones! We are in the UK so it took some effort to find some of the ingredients, but it was totally worth it! First time I ever tried Chayote squash, but definitely not the last! Thanks for the recipe 🙂
Youre welcome! Im glad you got to try this out!
I love chayote squash but I never thought to make fries out of them! Can’t wait to try these soon!
You’ll definitely like these kind of fries!