13 August 2012

Are you tired of zucchini recipes yet? I hope not, because I have a couple more up my sleeve.  I'll share this one with you today, then I'll give you a little zucchini break the rest of the week and I'll share my other one next week.

I was looking around for a good baked zucchini fries recipe and came across this one from Chef Mommy.  I changed it just a little bit.  Here's my adaptation.

Baked Zucchini Fries

1½ cups Panko breadcrumbs
1 tsp salt
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
2 medium zucchini
2 egg whites
½ cup flour
Olive oil cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400°.  Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with olive oil spray.

In a bowl, combine the Panko breadcrumbs, salt, paprika, and garlic powder.

Cut zucchini into steak fry-sized pieces about 3 inches long.. Beat egg whites with a splash of water until frothy.  Lightly dust zucchini with flour. Dip in beaten egg white and then coat with Panko breadcrumb mixture.  Place zucchini fries on prepared baking sheet, careful not to crowd. Lightly spray tops of zucchini fries with the olive oil spray.

Bake for 12 minutes, flip and bake for another 12-15 minutes or until crispy and lightly browned.

Makes 4 servings.

I changed a few things from the original recipe.  I cut my fries wider, more like steak fries.  I don't know why.  Just did!  The original recipe called for processing the Panko into a finer texture, but I skipped that step.  I'm sure it would be good like that too, but it worked just fine to leave them the way they are.  I used smoked paprika instead of black pepper and I had to increase the salt because I left out Parmesan cheese so my little one could eat them.  Because mine were wider, I increased the cooking times by a few minutes.

These zucchini fries are so good!  Perfectly cooked.  They are salty and crunchy on the outside, and the perfect texture on the inside.  If you like zucchini, you've got to try them.  

 I served these fries with my Sausage Pizza Joes.  It made for a great meal.  

My family loved these fries.  My kids downed them, then begged for more.  Here you can see 2 year old Eva shoving them in with both hands.  Look familiar?  Pretty soon, I'm going to have a full album full of pics of Eva shoving food in her mouth with both hands!  The girl loves to eat!

Later this week I will be talking condiments.  I have two very interesting made-from-scratch condiments that you are just going to love and I'll be sharing them with you on Wednesday and Thursday.  And there's no zucchini involved! :)

Katherine from Katherine Martinelli chose to make this recipe when she was assigned my blog for the Secret Recipe Club in September 2012.  Click on the button below to check out her post!

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  1. Oh these look so good.  Lesa, you've been on a zucchini run lately!

  2. I never tire of zucchini! These fries look yummy! A nice healthy stand-in for the real ones. Your little one is adorable!

  3. Oh my gosh your daughter is so cute! These fries look so crispy and perfect!

  4. I tried these last night and am pretty sure I just looked like a larger, older, not as cute version of Eva stuffing them into my mouth! They were absolutely yummy. I will never want to fry them again! Thanks Lesa :)

  5. Thanks Rachel. She gets her love of eating from her mama! :)

  6. So glad you tried them, and liked them! Thanks for letting me know! <3

  7. I made these for Secret Recipe Club and absolutely loved the recipe! Thanks so much :-) You can check out my rendition here: http://www.katherinemartinelli.com/blog/2012/baked-parmesan-zucchini-fries/