Friday, June 22, 2012

Baked Zucchini Fries

If there was one vegetable I wish I could get Tom to eat, it would definitely be zucchini. I'm still not even sure why he doesn't like it. It's not like it has a strong flavor or something. I think its one of the most versatile vegetables out there. I could eat it daily without complaint. He, however, refuses to touch it.

Which makes me a bit cranky because when I choose to eat something healthier, I prefer to do it with other people. There's nothing like eating zucchini fries while watching someone else much on Doritos...

Anyway, I hope you enjoy zucchini as much as I do or are at least willing to try a few different preparations of it so you can try out this recipe and tell me what you think!



Baked Zucchini Fries
Source: Our Best Bites, adapted from Aggie's Kitchen
Servings: 2-3
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Ingredients:
    • 1 large zucchini
    • 1 egg
    • 1/4 cup Italian-seasoning Panko bread crumbs
    • 1/8 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    • ranch dressing optional 


Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg with a few drops of water in a shallow dish. In another shallow dish, combine the Panko bread crumbs and the Parmesan cheese.
3. Cut off the ends of the zucchini, then cut it in half so you have two short zucchini pieces. Then cut each half in half length-wise until you have "fries" of your size choice. Repeat with the other zucchini half.
4. Dip the zucchini in the egg wash and then into the bread crumbs. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all zucchini fries are coated.
5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, then flip over and bake another 10-12 minutes or until zucchini fries are lightly golden on both sides. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with ranch dressing if desired.

You'll want to gobble these up quickly. Not only are they crisipy-crunchy-delicious but they're even better when they're really hot and right out of the oven. I really wish Tom would have tried these. I cut them small enough that there wasn't a strong zucchini flavor (like there ever really is). Granted, they don't taste like french fries but they're a great quick and healthy alternative.

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