Sure, you could enjoy these zucchini sticks as is or perhaps with some dip of some sort. Why not dress them up with some panko crumbs? I’ve used panko to coat chicken, cauliflower, onions, and zucchini (in 2 different ways now) and I’m convinced everything tastes better if it’s covered in panko. Crunch-tacular!
These are called “fries” because they resemble the shape of french fries… and that’s about it. These zucchini fries are a healthier option to the fatty, greasy fried potato version. Don’t get me wrong, I still love french fries. However, when one is on a healthy food eating kick, then this snack is a great way to satisfy a comfort food craving.
Obviously this makes for a great side dish, but it’s even better as an appetizer. Or you could eat this entire plate with a little extra Parmesan cheese and a squeeze of lemon for lunch. Yes, this was my lunch today and I don’t feel one ounce of guilt for it!
Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries Recipe
(Makes 2 or 3 servings)
- 3 medium zucchini, sliced into skinny sticks (I used about 10 ounces.)
- 3 heaping tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- (optional) cooking spray
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet with tin foil, parchment paper, or a silicon mat and set it aside.
- Cut the ends off the zucchini and julienne the rest of it into thin sticks.
- Build yourself an assembly line for preparing the fries.
- In bowl #1, add the flour.
- In bowl #2, whisk together the eggs.
- In bowl #3, whisk together the panko crumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
- Use the assembly line to coat the fries in stuff.
- Cover each zucchini stick in the flour mixture (in bowl #1).
- Then dip each zucchini stick in the egg mixture (in bowl #2).
- Finally coat each zucchini stick in the panko crumbs (in bowl #3).
- Transfer the zucchini sticks to the prepared baking sheet.
- (Optional) Spray the zucchini sticks with cooking spray.
- Cook them for about 20 minutes or until they are browned (flip them over half way through the cooking time).
Source: The Comfort of Cooking
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