Nothing cries junk food like French fries. Eat them with ketchup, mustard, vinegar, hot sauce …it doesn’t matter; they go with just about any dish. Traditional fries are made from potatoes, but, in case you haven’t figured it out by now, I like to take the traditional and turn it into something different but the same and still delicious. Today’s experiment: Zucchini fries.
Now, fried veggies are not new, but they are, however, very tasty. But up until today, I could only find them in a handful of restaurants, so when a craving hits, I usually have to suppress it because they weren’t easily accessible. But, I have now fixed that problem …I’ve found a way to make my own version.
The process is super simple, especially since I don’t own a deep-fryer, so I baked them instead. Just like any breaded dish, you need a beaten egg and some bread crumbs. I also added in garlic powder and grated parmesan cheese to my breading mixture.
Using one large, or two smaller zucchini, cut fry-sized pieces of zucchini, about 2 or 3 inches long. Dunk the pieces into the egg, and then toss in the bread crumbs. Lay out your ‘fries’ onto a cookie sheet, skin side down and bake at 425 degrees for 18-20 minutes.
These bite size pieces of goodness can easily replace traditional fries as a go-to side dish. They are also really good with some ranch dressing for dipping. And because they are baked and not fried, they are lower in calories.