Monday, March 5, 2012

Secret Recipe Club: Baked Zucchini Fries


It's that time again! Secret Recipe Club, of course! This month I received the blog Everyday Mom, and Kim has taken a lifetime of love in the kitchen and shares it in her blog. I had a hard time selecting one recipe, but I finally decided on these Baked Zucchini Fries and I'm so glad that I did! I've seen a few variations floating around the blogosphere and I've always wanted to try them, so this was the perfect opportunity. Not to mention that Kim found it on the Betty Crocker website, and you know how I love me some Betty!

I have finally come to the end of a week of vacations - first to Alabama, then to Colorado - and most of us tend to over-indulge while on vacation. I promised myself before I headed to Alabama that once I returned from Colorado I was going to buckle down - again. Well, today is the day of reckoning for weeks of gluttonous behavior and my scale was NOT kind. Not even remotely. Thank goodness I had these zucchini fries last night, so I feel like I got started a little early on getting back to healthier eating.

Almost all of us love fried foods, fried veggies even, and these zucchini fries are the perfect, healthy alternative to a delicious fried treat. They still have a crispy coating, but without the grease to go along with it. I whipped up a little garlic-yogurt dip to go with them and devoured them all! That was probably not as healthy as having 3 or 4 sticks, but it was the perfect way to end my gluttonous week of vacations. I suggest you try these instead of fried goodies when you have a craving for something crunchy.

Baked Zucchini Fries
As seen on Everyday Mom, Originally from Betty Crocker

Ingredients
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp diced fresh herbs (basil, oregano and/or thyme)
  • 1 tsp Lemon Pepper seasoning (or lemon zest)
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Eggs, beaten with 1 tsp water
  • 2 lbs. zucchini, cut into thick strips
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven 350 and line a cookie sheet with foil. Spray with cooking spray.
  2. In small bowl combine bread crumbs, cheese, herbs and lemon pepper seasoning (or zest).
  3. Line up 3 shallow dishes. Place flour in first dish, eggs in second, and bread crumb mixture in third. Thoroughly dredge each zucchini strip. Start with the flour, then dip in egg, followed by bread mixture.
  4. Place coated strips on cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden.


19 comments:

  1. I was wondering if they were crunchy or soft since I don't like soft fries. Now I need to make them right away.

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  2. These look really wonderful! Love the healthier twist, plus I bet that parmesan on the fries tastes amazing! :)

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  3. Oh boy, sounds amazing. Panko and Parmesan on anything is a good combination! Nice pick for this month's SRC.

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  4. i can't wait til farmer's market zucchini comes out... i'll definitely be trying these!!

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  5. This sounds great! Hopefully I'll have a good zucchini harvest this year because this recipe sounds delicious.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Glad you liked these. We make them a lot in the summer, I haven't made them in a while and now I am hungry for them. Thanks for a great SRC!

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  7. I have been meaning to make a recipe like this. Looks delish! Where in texas do you live? I am originally from Houston! :-)

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    1. Noelle,

      You should definitely try it! I am originally from the San Antonio area, but have been living in Austin for the past 6 years!

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  8. I love baked, breaded zucchini-it's always a favorite of mine. I can't wait to try your version!

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  9. oooooooh these look so good! I can't wait to make them, especially with zucchini season coming up!

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  10. These look pretty healthy....I can't wait to try them!!!

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  11. I've lost count of all the times I've made zucchini fries. I think I'm addicted to them. Not that that's a bad thing.

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  12. oh honey who cares! eat them all! i love zucchini sticks. I haven't allowed myself any for a few months because they are out of season but with spring on it's way you better be sure that I'm gonna get hooked up soon :) I like your addition of the parmesan cheese - i've never added that before. i will now :)

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  13. I've only had zucchini fries (well..they're called sticks here), deep-fried. You'd never know those were baked, they look so crisp and golden. Fantastic SRC choice..pass the dipping sauces!

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  14. I'm saving this recipe--always looking for ways to use the abundance of zucchini in my summer garden. These look fabulous!

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  15. I've been looking for a better way to cook and serve zucchini. No more steamed stuff for my family! :D

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  16. I have been eyeing baked zucchini fries for a while and seeing yours makes me want to actually get up and make them...yum!

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC entry: Broiled Sushi.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  17. Wow! I love Zucchini, but have only ever had it in "fry" form at restaurants. I love this baked version. What an excellent choice for SRC.

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  18. I had to double the panko mix, so i recommend that for everyone. These turned out great. yummy, thanks!

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