Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

In order to introduce zucchini I don’t need to go into detail about how much I disliked it and all other members of the squash family when I was a kid do I? Or how, as a child, I vowed I’d never feed squash to any of my children. I certainly don’t need to go on further by letting you know that I was certain that if squash were the only cure to a deadly disease I would most likely consider death to be the optimal choice.  Finally, I wouldn’t need to explain that a few years back, a trusted friend practically dared me to try some and since I wanted her to like me, I did ….and wouldn’tcha know it, I LIKED it.

No, I don’t need to go into such detail. (Although now would be a good time to soapbox the importance of choosing good friends because, peer pressure is going to happen so it’s better to choose friends that will pressure you into doing something good…like eating zucchini v. pressuring you into doing something bad…like eating mushrooms. J)

All that really needs said is that, if you have overcome your childhood squash scars (or are a freak of nature - like my 4 year old - and have always liked squash) you are going to enjoy these baked zucchini fries. If you have NOT overcome your childhood squash scars – maybe you should let today be the day.  Go ahead…I dare ya. ;)

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

3 large zucchini, sliced lengthwise and cut into 3” (or so) sticks
1 egg

1/2 cup plain bread crumbs

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

1 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp dried garlic powder

Cooking spray/oil

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and generously coat a baking sheet with cooking spray or oil.
  2. In large shallow bowl, whisk the egg, set aside.
  3. In another large shallow dish OR gallon ziplock bag, combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, oregano and garlic powder.
  4. Working with 3-4 zucchini sticks at a time dunk and completely cover each zucchini stick with egg then take the zucchini sticks out of the egg dish (I use tongs or a fork), allowing any extra egg to drip off, and place into breadcrumb mixture. Gently coat the zucchini stick completely with breadcrumb mixture. Place breaded zucchini stick onto baking sheet.
  5. Continue this process until all zucchini sticks are breaded and on baking sheet. Spray each zucchini stick with olive oil spray and place into oven.
  6. Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown. Using a spatula, flip each zucchini stick and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until crisp and golden brown. I forgot to for the picture but do sprinkle the zucchini fires with a little more parmesan cheese - it makes them that much better, then serve with marinara (I used leftover spaghetti sauce).



TinaRBK said...

I am glad they are not deep fried, sometimes frying can ruin a good veggie. These look perfectly toasted and would make for a good appetizer or side dish. Thanks for sharing.

Mary said...

I love these. Baked Zucchini Fries are a favorite here as well.

In Katrina's Kitchen said...

I made this exact same recipe from Aggie and I love love loved it! My friends and I gobbled it up!

Monica @ Everything Awesome About Food said...

So I'll definitely be trying these!

Rivki Locker said...

I have always loved squash and this looks like a wonderful way to enjoy it. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I fear I have fallen out of favor since I have not been asked to sample. Oh well .Great pics they look yummy.

Kat @ Cupcake Kat said...

This is a really cool idea. I love zucchini

Jamie (Thrifty Veggie Mama) said...

Would make these tonight but I just used up all my bread crumbs. Darn!

Magic of Spice said...

These look so of my favorite snacks :) I have always love zucchini, even when I was little.

Jill Colonna said...

No need to be dared on this one: these courgette fries look heavenly. Adore the parmesan and le crunch! My kids would also adore them - thanks for such a wonderful recipe.

Unknown said...

What a great way to use up zucchini! I want to make them now!

Anonymous said...

Those zucchini fries look so good and crispy. So glad that I discovered your site.

Whisked Away said...

These look amazing! I love zucchini and am always looking for new ways to prepare them! Thanks!

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