Recipe: Baked Zucchini Fries

by Cate on August 8, 2016

Baked Zucchini Fries are a super simple, nearly guilt-free snack or appetizer recipe that will keep you coming back for more.

Baked Zucchini Fries

I’ve gotta be honest.

When it comes to zucchini, I can take it or leave it.

I have no problem eating it, but I’m just not going to be craving it anytime soon.

And I speak from years of experience.

So, like cauliflower, it means that I tend to keep my eyes out for ways to get creative with it, in the interest of eating more of it.

So here we are.

At 14, Nick is a full-fledged teenager, and with that comes the appetite. Although he, more often times than not, chooses healthier fare on his own, he does love mozzarella sticks, so I was aiming to make something that might taste like mozzarella sticks … without all that fried guilt.

I wouldn’t go so far as to say you’ll think you’re eating mozzarella sticks when you take a bite of these zucchini fries, but they just might be the next best thing.

Slice your zucchini up into fry-like pieces, dip them in an egg wash bath, and then a bread crumb coating and bake them up. Serve them with a side of marinara sauce for the runner up to the more traditional mozzarella sticks.

No joke, these were actually my dinner last night.

Baked Zucchini Fries
Recipe courtesy of Cate O’Malley

Ingredients:
non-stick cooking spray or olive oil spray
4 medium zucchinis, ends trimmed and zucchini cut into fry-size pieces
1 egg, and 2 egg whites, beaten
1 cup seasoned whole wheat bread crumbs
1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp seasoned salt
marinara sauce for dipping

Directions:

In a small bowl, beat egg and egg whites until combined. In a separate bowl, place the breadcrumbs, cheese, and salt, and mix. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray or olive oil and set aside.

Dip the zucchini pieces into the egg wash and then into bread crumb mixture, and coat each piece well. Put the breaded zucchini in a single layer on the cookie sheet and spray more cooking spray or olive oil spray on top. Bake at 425° for about 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown and starting to crisp. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.

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