Zucchini Fries

Zucchini Fries

So, I’ve told you that son #1 is a professional chef, and the guy works all the time. Being in the restaurant business he never has a weekend off, and I suppose that just goes with the territory. Lucky for him he really loves his job. He did however have off the other day and decided to invite his buddies over to watch some football. They were just going to order some pizzas and drink beer, typical guy stuff. Now me, being the hovering mother that I am, felt it necessary to offer these guys a healthy snack. They’re grown men actually, and I probably should have just minded my own business, but I just couldn’t help myself.

I decided to make these zucchini fries for them. I think they’re the perfect snack for sitting around and watching football, all crispy and crunchy. It was just kind of funny when I walked into the family room holding a tray of these and said”hey guys, how about some zucchini!”, they all just looked up at me with this look on their faces like, yay, zucchini…

However, when I returned about an hour later, the tray was empty. Mom’s always right. I’m just sayin’…

Zucchini Fries

Zucchini Fries

from Oprah.com

  • 1 1/2 pounds zucchini, trimmed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Kosher salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups panko or plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Arrange the oven racks in the lower third and center of the oven. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Cut the zucchini into french fry size sticks about 3″ long.
  2. Arrange 3 shallow bowls or pie plates in a row. In the first bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. In the second bowl, whisk together the eggs, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. In the third bowl, combine the panko, parmesan and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  3. Working in batches, first dip the zucchini in the flour, shaking of the excess. Transfer to the egg mixture and toss until coated. Let the excess egg run off, then coat the zucchini in the panko mixture.
  4. Arrange zucchini, without crowding, in a single layer on the prepared pans. Bake for 15 minutes and then rotate the pans. Continue baking until panko coating is golden and crisp, 7-12 minutes more.
  5. Serve right from the oven.

Zucchini Fries

Zucchini Fries

Recipe: Easy

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31 Comments on “Zucchini Fries”

  1. This looks extremely delicious! I’m definitely trying it out soon. Thanks for sharing this :)

  2. My French Heaven says:

    This looks delicious. What a great shot! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Mindy says:

    Looks yummy. Making this soon!
    Thanks, Sheryl:-)

  4. Ha that cracked me up! My mom isn’t the type to do that, but I can see myself being that hover mother to my future son. I’m sure he (secretly) loves it! And for good reason. These look superb!

  5. Clover says:

    Great idea! I used the same technique on some thick pork chops last night, except that I browned them in grapeseed oil, then baked them off in a 325ยบ oven for 15 minutes. The panko and parmesan add great texture as well as great flavor.

  6. Gary Lum says:

    Oh, they look so good.

  7. Love your blog! Zucchini is my favorite veggie! These look incredible!!

  8. These have been added to my “must try” file. Gorgeous pics, as usual!

  9. Haven’t they learned yet that (a) your stuff is always delicious and (b) mother knows best? ;)

  10. Wow these look great, i’m gonna try them today! I’m on a diet you see and I have lost 4 kilos in 4 weeks but I am really missing my fries, you may have just saved my diet, so thanks.

  11. shinyinlove says:

    I just found you because you found me and oh my these look so yummy! off to see the rest of this blogs yumminess.

  12. blissful2be says:

    Cant wait to try these having been looking for a local spot that had great zucchini nov I can make them at home .

  13. Villy says:

    I am loving this! Especially because they are cooked in the oven! They look so perfect.

  14. cloclyde says:

    had to reply … they look delicious and will have to try to make them!

  15. MMMMMMM! Guess what I will be making for dinner??? ;) ;) ;)

  16. Lilly Sue says:

    Delicious!! Love the post!

  17. bakewithamy says:

    that sounds so good! I bet it would be delicious to dip them in marinara sauce.

  18. Those are some lucky guys! BTW, I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the “Sunshine Award” today. :)

  19. You go girl! Check out my latest blog!

  20. thefoodery says:

    Ooh, an oven-baked version! I loved when my mom would make these, and I made them a couple times myself but mom’s version is always better! We’d eat them with a mayo-soy sauce mix. Not sure of the ratio, maybe 4 parts mayo to 1 part soy sauce? Whatever tastes good. :)

  21. Liz says:

    lovely:-) Looks scrumptious. Appreciate you stopping by foodforfun for the biscotti tea party. Love that you’re a mama that’s gotta bake!

  22. Greg Vassalotti says:

    Your a good Mamma, take care of those boys. Serve healthy treats and plenty of them.

    Don’t forget the beer.

    Greg

  23. Nancy Tanner says:

    My daughter and I loved this recipe so much we made them for Thanksgiving. Because neither of my kids are ‘dippers’ or sauce lovers, they wanted a bit of extra flavor, so we added a bit of curry and garlic powder to the recipe… they were even better the second day! Thanks for the great recipes, we love trying them!

  24. Curry and garlic powder sound like a tasty addition. Thanks Nancy for the comments!

  25. I think those grown boys might secretly crave your healthier ‘fries’ now! I know I would :)

  26. Pamela says:

    My husband doesn’t like zucchini, but I’m gonna have to try and change his mind with these. If he doesn’t eat them, oh well, more for me!


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