Loaded Sweet Potato Fries with Slow Cooker BBQ Jackfruit and Apple Slaw

Sweet potato fries are typically healthier than their regular potato counterparts. Sweet potatoes contain vitamins A and C, as well as a high amount of potassium.

In this recipe, the sweet potato fries are topped with a unique jackfruit and apple slaw. Jackfruit is known for its subtle sweet taste, but also for how versatile it can be. The large fruit can be used for a variety of dishes, sweet and savory. Vegan and vegetarian eaters use the fruit as a substitution for meat due to its unique texture. What makes this fruit stand out is the high amount of protein it contains – more than three grams per cup.

Photo credit: A Healthier Michigan

Ingredients

Slow Cooker BBQ Jackfruit

  • Two 20-oz. cans Young Green Jackfruit in brine rinsed and drained (do NOT get yellow or ripe jackfruit in syrup)
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable broth
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cayenne/red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil

Apple Slaw

  • 1/4 head of red cabbage thinly shredded
  • 1 tart apple, such as Granny Smith, cut into thin matchsticks
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1/3 cup sherry vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard

Sweet Potato Fries

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into fries
  • olive oil spray
  • a few dashes of smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste

Optional garnishes

  • Avocado
  • Green onion, diced
  • Vegan ranch dressing

Loaded Sweet Potato Fries with Slow Cooker BBQ Jackfruit and Apple Slaw

Instructions
Slow Cooker BBQ Jackfruit
1. Spray slow cooker or use slow cooker liner in base of slow cooker. Place jackfruit and black beans in slow cooker.
2. Combine the rest of the ingredients for the sauce and pour over the jackfruit.
3. Cook on low for 2-3 hours. Shred BBQ jackfruit. Keep warm.
4. Serve as a sandwich or on top of sweet potato fries, salad or alone. Enjoy!

Apple Slaw
1. Combine all apple slaw ingredients while BBQ jackfruit is cooking.
2. Once ingredients are fully combined, let sit in the refrigerator for an hour before serving.
3. Enjoy alone or on top of sweet potato fries.

Sweet Potato Fries
1. Place one rack at the very top of the oven and one in the middle.
2. Preheat the oven to 425 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
3. Spread the fries out on the prepared sheet and spray with olive oil. Top with paprika, salt, and pepper. Toss until combined.
4. Place the sheet on the top rack of the oven and bake for 25 minutes, tossing once halfway through to ensure even cooking.

Serve and Enjoy
1. Place warm sweet potato fries on plate. Next cover fries with BBQ jackfruit and apple slaw.
2. Add optional garnishes before serving, if desired. Enjoy!


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