Crunchy and crispy.
Herby and savory.
Scrumptious and mouthwatering.
Last September, these healthy “fries” were served as an appetizer at my nephew’s birthday party. Only those of us sitting around the table when the fries were set down got to taste them because we inhaled them! They were just sooooo tasty. In the weeks that followed, I must have made them at least once a week.
I call them “healthy” because they are a Weight Watcher’s recipe. However, I’m sure hubby and I negate any health benefits when we heavily dip them in ranch dressing. Yummmmmm!
And now I’ve learned how to make my own ranch dressing, so I’ll be posting that recipe very soon.
Here are a couple tips to make the dredging and dipping process less messy:
- I place the various dredge and dip ingredients in cake pans rather than small bowls.
- I use a thin-tipped knife to poke the fry rather than use my hands for the dredge/dip steps…much easier to handle them and no mess gets on my fingers.
May you enjoy these as much as hubby and I do. It ranks as one of our favorites.
- olive oil cooking spray
- 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 1 1/2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp. table salt
- 3/4 cup(s) dried bread crumbs, panko-variety suggested
- 2 medium zucchini, about 7 inches each, cut into quarters lengthwise, then each quarter cut into about 3-4 inch strips
- 2 large egg whites, whipped until frothy (almost soft peaks)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
- In small bowl, mix together Italian seasoning, flour, and salt.
- Whip egg whites in another bowl.
- Place bread crumbs in another small bowl.
- Dredge zucchini fry in flour mixture, then dip into egg whites, then dredge in bread crumbs.
- Place coated zucchini on prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining ingredients; liberally coat with cooking spray (I’ve always skipped this).
- Roast, turning once, until desired crispness, about 12 minutes.
- Use this technique with any summer squash or eggplant. Also works great with thick-cut onion rings or even green tomatoes.
- For extra crispy fries, increase oven temperature to 500 degrees F and knock 2 minutes off the cooking time.
- Experiment with different seasoning mixes.