How to Make Crispy Oven Zucchini Fries

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How to Make Crispy Oven Zucchini Fries

By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Need a healthy new way to prepare the abundance of zucchini you have growing in your garden while also satisfying your deep fry craving? Well look no more! Try out our test kitchen’s Crispy Zucchini Fries!  The crunchy texture and mellow zucchini flavor is sure to be a family favorite.

imageStep 1:
First gather your mis en place; you’ll need flour, paprika, Parmesan cheese, zucchini, panko bread crumbs, salt and pepper.

Ingredients hints and tricks:
We like to use smaller zucchini because they are sweeter and have fewer seeds. If you cannot find Panko breadcrumbs you can substitute in regular dried breadcrumbs with no problem. We just prefer the extra crunchy texture that panko brings to the dish. Smoked paprika can be easily found nowadays at most grocery stores. We like it for its smoky deep flavor. If you only have regular paprika use that as a substitute with a tiny dash of cayenne.

imageStep 2: Trim your zucchini into a fry like shape. We cut ours into ½ inch thick strips about 4 inches long.

imageStep 3:
Set up your standard breading procedure: in the first casserole dish add flour and season with salt and pepper. In a second casserole dish add the eggs and whisk until smooth. In a third casserole dish add the panko breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan, smoked paprika, and another good pinch of salt and pepper.

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Step 4: 
Gently toss the zucchini, in bathes, first through the flour. This “dries” the zucchini so the next layer can adhere to the zucchini (which would be the egg). After you flour the zucchini, dip into the beaten egg until coated. Let the excess egg drip off the zucchini.

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Step 5:After coating the zucchini with egg gently toss it through the panko breadcrumbs.

imageStep 6:
Add the zucchini to a parchment lined sheet tray, leaving ample room between each fry so it has room to crisp up form the heat of the oven. Give the zucchini a light spritz with some non-stick spray and sprinkle again with some salt.

imageStep 7: Enjoy your zucchini fries hot with a side of some garlicky mayo!

Crispy Oven Zucchini Fries

½ cup all purpose flour
1 beaten egg with 1 egg white
½ cup panko breadcrumbs
¼ cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
2 zucchini, sliced into ½ inch thick and 4 inches long
Cooking spray
Garlic herb mayo, recipe follows

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Add flour to a pie plate and whisk in some salt and pepper.

Beat the eggs together in another pie plate.

In a third pie plate, whisk together the panko, Parmesan, smoked paprika, and another big pinch of salt and pepper.

Dip the zucchini in the flour, then in egg, and then through the breadcrumb mixture. Place on a sheet tray and spritz with non-stick spray. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip, and continue cooking for 10 minutes more, until golden and crisp.

Serves 4
Garlic Herb Mayo

½ cup reduced fat mayonnaise
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon chopped parsley and chives
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients to a bowl.

Makes about ½ cup.

Nutritional Information for Zucchini Fries (not including garlic mayo)

Calories per serving: 73
Total fat: .4 g
Total Carbohydrates: 15.3 g
Dietary fiber: 1.6g
Sugars 1.8 g
Protein 2.8 g

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By Phyllis Williams on August 15, 2013

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I make something real similar to these and they are a family favorite. I will be trying the mayo next time I make mine! Love you Paula- hope you are back really soon! We miss you & your sunny disposition!

By Alison on August 13, 2013

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By Yole on August 13, 2013

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Stay strong, Paula! You have no apologies to make to anyone! Remember that true character is impossible to fake; your genuine goodness and depth of character is always clearly evident in your warmth, infectious joy, and love of friends and family so honestly displayed during your shows. It is clear to your viewers that you are an honest and compassionate human being because who we truly are is seldom easy to hide. You're a good person and the strength of that truth is all you need to help carry you through this painful time. Lean on your own deep strength right now and trust your heart. Peace to your heart and may you be blessed with future successes. P.S. I no longer watch the Food Network because it is so much less interesting without you and your laughter.

By Yole on August 13, 2013

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YUMMY! Love it!Love you Paula!

By Christy Cobb on August 11, 2013

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Love you and miss you...hang in there...God knows your heart and ain't one person out there over the age of 10 that has not used the "word"..love your zucchini fries....Barbara

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By sheila welch on August 04, 2013

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We love fried Zucchini and this is a much healthier choice! Food Network shooed have their Bootie kicked!

By Dee Shipley on August 02, 2013

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By Jackie Humphries on July 29, 2013

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Can you substitute yellow squash?

By Joanne Erenberg on July 29, 2013

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Super recipe for zuchini

By sandy on July 28, 2013

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