Friday, September 5, 2014

Zucchini Fries

It is that time of year when you can't leave your car doors unlocked, your front porch unattended, or make eye contact with any of your neighbors...yes, it is zucchini season in Fairbanks.  Everyone is putting their yards up for the winter, and zucchini are prolific.  My zucchini didn't do well this year so I'm happy to take any zucchini off your hands for you, no averting eyes or sneaking antics needed.

This is a delicious way to fix zucchini.  It is baked, not fried so it is even healthy!  You could add parmesan cheese to the bread crumbs if you can eat dairy, sadly I have to leave it out right now.
Flour well, then shake off the excess

I have to say that this is one of those recipes that you can really just throw together, so if your amounts are different than mine, no worries about that, I'm just making the recipe up from how I kinda do it.
Dip in beaten eggs
You do want to over season the flour and the bread crumbs, keep in mind you won't use all the flour and bread crumbs and zucchini is pretty bland.

Roll in seasoned bread crumbs, press so they stick.

Spray the zucchini with olive oil so they brown nicely.

Hot from the oven.

Hamburgers, zucchini fries and cauliflower salad; a great dinner after a long day.
Zucchini Fries

2 medium zucchini
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup flour, or so
1 cup panko bread crumbs, or so
1 Tablespoon garlic and herb seasoning, I used Pampered Chef
1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning, again - Pampered Chef
Salt and pepper to taste, more than you think you need
spray cooking oil

Preheat oven to 375°F.  Place cookie sheet in oven while it preheats.
Beat eggs with a little water, about 1 tablespoon.  Put in a bowl.
Put flour on a plate, add salt and pepper then add a little more.  You really need  to add extra because you won't use all the flour and so you won't use all the salt and pepper.
Put the panko on a plate.  Mix in the garlic and the Italian seasoning.

Cut zucchini; I cut the ends off, half them, then cut each half in half and then into thirds...make sense?  I get 12 pieces out of each zucchini.  It will depend on the size of your zucchini so do what works for you.
Remove pan from oven.  Generously spray with cooking spray.
Dip zucchini in flour, then egg, then bread crumbs, covering completely.  Place on pan, and repeat until all pieces of zucchini are covered.
Spray zucchini with cooking oil.
Bake 15-20 minutes until zucchini is golden brown, and zucchini is still firm but not crunchy.

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