Baked Zucchini Fries

I’m not really on a zucchini kick, I promise.  They’ve just been on sale and in abundance at the market.  Stay tuned for another one coming up.  Fair warning.

Anywho, I recently met up with a buddy of mine to catch up on various life events, which inevitably circles around to the world of dating. He is single, and dates frequently. During this conversation, he became increasingly frustrated that he hasn’t found “the gal” yet; however, there was more to it than Ms. Right still being out there. What was getting to him was something I never thought about: all the money guys have to shell out on bad dates. Think about it: if he pays for at least 75 percent of all of the dates that don’t work out, and they at least have coffee/drink, maybe dinner, and it doesn’t end up going anywhere, that’s a lot of money with very little to show for it.  Now that’s what we call a bad investment.
Is there anything around this? What could he (or anyone in the dating pool) do to avoid this? I mean, you need to go on the date to test the comparability with someone, and you can’t force a connection simply because you paid for the Chicken A La King.
I have a solution:  I think citizens should be able to set up a tax free flex spending account for questionable dating endeavors. A tax deduction for date-fails? It’s only a matter of time.

Or, better yet, why don’t you whip up something delicious, easy, and inexpensive, and meet up for a little picnic somewhere. A romantic gesture and a showcase of your culinary skills all rolled into one! I would start off with something amazing that travels well, like these zucchini fries.  They are reasonably healthy, low cost, easy, impressive, sinfully delicious, and if your date is a veg-head, you won’t offend him/her.  Bonus, if the date isn’t “clicking” and your stuck for things to talk about, these are awesome with a myriad of dipping sauces… so it’s a snack and convo kindling!  Enjoy 🙂


Materials:

  • 2 large bowls for mixing
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • cutting board and knife
  • cookie sheet
  • cooking spray
  • tongs

Ingredients:

  • 2 green zucchini
  • 1/2 c panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 c parmesan cheese
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 2 eggs
  • pinch of salt and black pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Lightly spray your cookie sheet.
  2.  Slice zucchini into fries, about the size of your index finger.  The trick for even cooking is to have the fries a uniform size:
    1. Cut each edge length-wise, to make the zucchini into a long rectangle.

      IMG_3238

      top view

    2. slice zucchini into 1/4-inch thin slices. IMG_3239
    3. Turn slices sideways and cut in half (or thirds, if you’re working with a large zucchini)IMG_3237
  3. In a bowl, beat eggs.
  4. In another bowl, combine bread crumbs, parmesan, garlic, salt, and pepper. FullSizeRender
  5. Dip each slice in the egg whites, then roll in the bread crumb mixture until covered. FullSizeRender
  6.   Lay each piece on the prepared cookie sheet.IMG_3253
  7. Bake for about 10 minutes.  Then, using tongs, flip over slices.
  8.  Continue to bake for another 8-10 minutes, or until soft on inside and golden-brown on outside. IMG_3254
  9. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.  Enjoy! FullSizeRender_1

Baked Zucchini Fries

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 25 min
  • Difficulty: medium
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Materials:

  • 2 large bowls for mixing
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • cutting board and knife
  • cookie sheet
  • cooking spray
  • tongs

Ingredients:

  • 2 green zucchini
  • 1/2 c panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 c parmesan cheese
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 2 eggs
  • pinch of salt and black pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Lightly spray your cookie sheet.
  2.  Slice zucchini into fries, about the size of your index finger.  The trick for even cooking is to have the fries a uniform size:
    1. Cut each edge length-wise, to make the zucchini into a long rectangle.
    2. slice zucchini into finger-width slices.
    3. Turn slices sideways and cut in half (or thirds, if you’re working with a large zucchini).
  3. In a bowl, beat eggs.
  4. In another bowl, combine bread crumbs, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  5. Dip each slice in the egg whites, then roll in the bread crumb mixture until covered.  Lay each piece on the prepared cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for about 10 minutes.  Then, using tongs, flip over slices.
  7.  Continue to bake for another 8-10 minutes, or until soft on inside and golden-brown on outside.
  8. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.  Enjoy!

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