Low-Fat Baked Zucchini Fries

Fried zucchini is one of the most delicious appetizers on a bar or restaurant menu. The soft texture of the zucchini combined with the crispy breaded skin makes for a delicious -- albeit greasy -- snack. 


If you've ever had fried zucchini (like the delicious side item at Carl's Jr.), then you know how tasty and addicting they are. Luckily, these are just as yummy and addicting, but without all of the added fat, oil and calories. 

 

 

Make this homemade version of zucchini fries for a healthier -- and might I add, tastier -- version of the bar food favorite. Serve with my Baked Chicken Fingers (hint: the breading is the same for both recipes) for some low-fat apps that taste everything but skinny. 

 

My skinny Baked Chicken Fingers.

Ingredients
  • 2 pieces of whole wheat bread
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 medium-sized zucchini
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • Light ranch dressing for serving (optional)
Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside until ready to use.

Place the whole wheat bread in a food processor and pulse until fine crumbs have been created. Add the dried parsley, salt, and pepper and pulse until combined. Place the breadcrumb in a shallow bowl; set aside.

Carefully peel the zucchini and cut into approximately 3-inch long by 1/2-inch wide spears. You want them to look like the shape of thick-cut French fries.

In an assembly line, place the zucchini, eggs, breadcrumbs, and then the baking sheet. Using 2 forks, start by dipping 1 zucchini “fry” into the beaten eggs, and then thoroughly coat the zucchini in the breadcrumbs. Place the zucchini on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with the remaining zucchini.

Once finished, spray the zucchini fries with the olive oil cooking spray and then bake until they turn golden brown and have become crispy, about 12-17 minutes.

Allow the zucchini fries to slightly cool before serving. Serve with ranch.

These are best assembled and baked right before serving. They can be kept for up to 3 days in a sealed container in the refrigerator, but be sure to heat them in the oven before enjoying again.

Makes: About 30 fries

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