Green French Fries

July 16th, 2010 · 16 Comments · Picky Eating, Sides, Salads, Soup, Vegetarian

When her daughters were little, my friend Frances somehow convinced them that green beans were related to French fries. She called them Green Fries. I was so jealous — my kids had been to too many restaurants with Kidz menus by that point to be suckered by what seemed like unbelievably JV kitchen trickery to me. If my kids (and most kids I imagine) were going to eat a healthy vegetable disguised as a French fry, the recipe would have to be kicked up to varsity levels. These crispy, golden Zucchini fries fit the bill.

One thing: I advise making them on the weekend or on a weeknight where you’re not up against the clock. (Stop laughing.) I don’t mind the laborious dredging-and-dipping process on a weeknight if it’s for the main part of the meal (like chicken fingers, for instance). But I find it kind of a drag for just a side dish. You might feel differently, in which case ignore.

Zucchini Fries

Preheat oven to 400° F. Cut and slice 3 zucchinis into sticks as shown. In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup unseasoned bread crumbs, a dash of cayenne, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place 1 cup flour in another medium bowl and 2 beaten eggs in a smaller bowl. Dip the zucchini sticks first in the flour until lightly coated, then in the eggs. Roll them in the bread-crumb mixture until well covered. Transfer the zucchini pieces to a baking sheet lined with foil and bake until they look crispy and golden, about 20 minutes. (Sometimes I give them a quick shot of cooking spray at the end if they aren’t browning to my liking) Serve with ketchup.

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  • 1 Jan@Family Bites // Jul 16, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I love that these are served with ketchup…an essential in my home too :)

  • 2 Rebecca // Jul 16, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    I am going to try this. My 4 year old has outgrown any sort of trickery and my 15 month old just has vexing food preferences (namely all bread all the time). I have some yellow summer squash in the fridge right now in fact. YellowSummerSquash Fries seems a laborious title,though, perhaps I’ll just go with Summer Fries.

  • 3 Trish O // Jul 17, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    i love the name “summer fries” rebecca. I just got some zucchini at the farmers market this morning….so I am sure to make this tonight. I also think I might pass this off as the main dish on meatless mondays (that is not going over well in my house) ala chicken fingers but not. Anyway, we will see how it goes.

  • 4 rose // Jul 17, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    yum!! my kiddo won’t eat french fries (i know, i know, what’s wrong with him??), or zucchini, so i have no faith that the combo would work for him, but they look so wonderful that i’m tempted to make them just for me!

  • 5 Audrey // Jul 19, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Just found you after the NYTimes piece — feel like I’ve found my soulmate (‘sole’ mate?). Working mom of two little girls who know their naan from their crepes and regularly request penne alla vodka, but at a price.

    This is a really wonderful idea, which we’ll be trying out immediately (like tonight, seriously). We also do tofu fries, which none of us can get enough of. Cut and dry a brick of firm tofu on paper towels, dredge in corn starch, sesame seeds, salt and pepper, and then fry in a little oil. We eat them with peanut sauce “ketchup”. Can provide a more detailed recipe if you’re interested… Great source of protein and absolutely delicious.

  • 6 Tammy // Jul 21, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Sounds great! My dd is only 16 months old and not *too* picky yet! I think she would really like these!

  • 7 k // Jul 21, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Try these with blue cheese dressing (seriously), or marinara sauce too. Decadent!

  • 8 Melody // Jul 22, 2010 at 9:14 am

    We serve these with a little parmesan cheese on top after baking then dip in ranch dressing. Yummy!

  • 9 Gil // Jul 23, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    I wonder what other veggies you could do this with… maybe some sweet potoates (parboiled first?), eggplant, carrots (parboiled too?). Sounds delish!

  • 10 Lenetta // Jul 25, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    I made something similar once but it had parmesan mixed in with the bread crumbs… can’t go wrong there! :>) I linked to this on my weekly roundup, post is under my name. Thanks for sharing!

    PS – cute blog name! :>)

  • 11 Laura // Jul 26, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Neat recipe. I’m going to give it a try too. When you don’t have time, our health food store has sweet potato fries (I think the name brand is Alexa) that are frozen. They are delicious and tons healthier than regular fries.

  • 12 Ellen // Aug 4, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    I eat these all the time when zucchini is in season. I dip them in Ranch dressing and it is delicious.

  • 13 A Little Yumminess // Aug 5, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    So much zucchini from the garden – we’ll have to try this!

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  • 15 Christy // Aug 8, 2013 at 6:41 pm

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  • 16 Megan Kelly // Feb 28, 2014 at 1:12 am

    There are so many great ways to use up zucchini. I can’t wait to try these baked zucchini fries.

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