|Believe it or not -|
these are not made of potatoes!
I even got my Belgian boyfriend hooked on them. JoJo's don't exist in Belgium, so he found the idea a bit strange a first. He only needed one bite to be won over though!
And for those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, let me describe the perfect JoJo.
A JoJo is a thick slice of a potato that has been cut into wedges. You must leave the skin on the potato for the JoJo to be a true JoJo. They have a delicious coating of spices and are baked or deep fried to a crispy perfection. hile they are delicious plain, they are even better dipped in your favorite sauce, such as fry sauce. And one thing is for sure - they are not good cold. You are best off enjoying them as soon as they are done cooking (though the leftovers are delicious heated up in a pan with fried eggs :p).
Another thing though... JoJo's are made of potatoes.
My digestive system dislikes potatoes.
I still indulge in white potatoes from time to time, but they are far from being a dietary staple of mine. And sometimes I feel like having JoJo's without having the less-than-desirable effects of eating potatoes.
One such occasion, I just so happened to have a small sugar pumpkin sitting around, begging to be eaten.
I washed and dried the outside, cut it in half, then into thick strips, and seasoned it up like I would season JoJo's. Then I put them in the oven. And then I waited.
I decided to call them PoPo's, as a reminder of their inspiration. These don't reheat very well, so I would suggest making a smaller batch if you're eating alone (I ate about 1/3 of my pumpkin) or just do what I did with the leftovers - mash them up and mix them into your next batch of mini breakfast quiche!
One more note - be sure to use a variety of sugar pumpkins because you can eat their skin. If you don't have a sugar pumpkin on hand, you can always use a regular pumpkin - just be sure to remove the tough outer rind before cooking.