If you’ve been following cooking on IBC, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of appetizers and desserts (or apps and zerts for my fellow Parks and Rec fans). I think my love for apps and zerts comes from a combination of things. First, they are typical easy to make. Second, they are usually ultra-flavorful. Just one little bite and your taste buds are happy. Finally, they are designed for sharing.

Baked Zucchini Fries | Inspired by Charm

Among my personal goals for 2014 is to have more get-togethers. I’m always making delicious treats, but rarely have parties to share them with friends and family. I typically usually pack up the leftovers and send them on their way. For me cooking and baking for family and friends and enjoying their company is one of the best feelings. So, doing more of that this year is essential.

When going out to eat, zucchini fries are one of my favorites. However, they are usually deep fried and not so healthy. Today I thought I would try a healthy homemade version that was baked instead of fried.

Baked Zucchini Fries | Inspired by Charm

The results were delicious and very easy to make. I paired them with a dipping sauce that is reminiscent of something that would come with a blooming onion. Since it’s not as healthy as the baked zucchini fries, you could certainly substitute a marinara sauce. I also found that these fries, with the spices and Parmesan cheese, are also quite good on their own. No dipping sauce required.

Baked Zucchini Fries | Inspired by Charm

Let me show you how to make them.

Baked Zucchini Fries

Here's what you will need:

Zucchini Fries:
2 medium zucchinis, sliced into skinny sticks
2 large eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon paprika
Salt and pepper to taste

Dipping Sauce
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons ketchup
3 tablespoons horseradish sauce
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.

In a shallow dish, combine the Panko, Parmesan cheese, oregano, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix well.

In a small bowl, whisk two eggs.

Dip the zucchini sticks in the eggs and then into the Panko mixture. Coat evenly. Then, place the coated zucchini sticks onto the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for about 20 minutes, turning once about halfway through, until golden brown and crispy.

To make the dipping sauce, place all of the ingredients in a bowl; then whisk until combined.

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It’s really that simple!

Baked Zucchini Fries | Inspired by Charm

Friends and family who are visiting will instantly feel welcome and at home if you serve up a plate of these.

Baked Zucchini Fries | Inspired by Charm

Here’s to many fabulous get-togethers in 2014! Now I’m off to gobble up the rest of these zucchini fries. Give them a try. You’ll be glad you did.

Comments

  • Deb @ PaperTurtle at

    YUM!!! I have made these before and can attest to their yumminess! Yours look fantastic, Michael. Gosh I wish I lived closer – I’d love to pop into your house for a little get together and some apps and zerts! ;o)

  • Anjie Behunin at

    These look fabulous! Hopefully my family will like them as much as they like my FRIED zucchini. Thanks for the recipe!

    On the rare occasion I have people over, I try to have their favorite drinks on hand (soda, water, booze) and make sure I’ve got a few snacks out and ready to go when they arrive. Hopefully that makes them feel welcome and helps them to over look my lack of tidiness.

  • Jessica w at

    yum, I think good food, and a cozy environment help people feel at home.

  • Sarah at

    Mmm, looks yummy. My husband and I host a “game night” every Wednesday night at our apartment and I tend to struggle with having snacks available that don’t bust our budget. These seem healthier and more affordable than what we usually consider, so totally making these for next week!

  • Kris at

    Yum!!! I’m definitely going to give these a try! Thanks, Michael!

  • Erin at

    I love baked zucchini fries (the fried ones are always to oily for me). And that sauce is very similar (pretty dead on) to fry sauce, which is a staple condiment in the Northwest. We put it on everything!

    XOXO,
    Erin
    http://www.thevaughnlife.us

  • Allison at

    these were wonderful. I substituted light sour cream for part of the mayo to lighten up the sauce. Also sprinkled the zucchini with kosher salt before popping them into the oven. These are going to be a frequent offering in our house. Thanks!

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