Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Oven Fried Parmesan Zucchini Spears


Growing up, we had a Fry Baby and then one year my mom upgraded to a Fry Daddy. Oh how I loved to fry all kinds of morsels in that thing. Nowadays they have all kinds of fry "contraptions". In fact Paula Deen has, not one, but TWO fry baskets built right into her counter. I would love to get myself a fryer but I risk gaining 30 lbs with that sucker so I opt not to fry anything in my house. I made Parmesan chicken fingers in the oven a while back so I figured doing that to any type of veggie would work just as good and it did. This zucchini was delicious. They were really crunchy and had about a million less calories than their fried counterpart. I didn't have any marinara sauce so I whipped me up some spicy creamy dip. It was okay but next time I will serve these with marinara for sure.

Oven Fried Parmesan Zucchini
Zucchini
1/2 cup Bread Crumbs (I used whole wheat)
1/2 cup Parmesan
2 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Salt or to taste
1/2 tsp Pepper or to taste
1 or 2 Eggs

Cut your veggies up, into spears or circles, whatever you prefer.


Lightly beat an egg and put in a shallow bowl. Mix together your breadcrumbs, parmesan, oregano, salt and pepper and place in a shallow bowl.

1. Dip your zucchini into the egg.


2. Roll your zucchini in the breadcrumb mixture.

3. Place onto a greased cooking sheet. Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes.

22 comments:

teresa said...

This looks like such a healthy and delicious side dish! I can't wait to try it!

Heidi said...

My zucchini plants are growing well, so I'll bet I have a ton this year... what a great way for me to use them up! These look great :)

oneshotbeyond said...

oh...wow. I made these the bad way last week-FRIED. Yours look as good.

Colleen said...

These look great! I make something just like this!

sherri said...

I usually fry my after dipping in egg/crushed saltines. Baking is much healthier. I'll give them a try as I love zucchini.

Juliana said...

These zucchini look great. And even better since they are done using oven. Great pictures!

Helene said...

I prefer baking than frying. Trying to cut down on calories. Looks yum.

Bunny said...

These look so good, and it's even better that they're not fried.

Reeni♥ said...

These look really good, and just as good in the oven as fried! Yum!

Christina Kim said...

yum. YUM!

the happy couple said...

oh, i love fried zucchini. leaves look great!

Delectable Dining said...

These look so unbelievably good!!

Hornsfan said...

Thanks for posting this - I love the oven 'fried' recipes, they are so tasty and such a great alternative to the really fried junk!

Jenifer (and_she_makes_four) said...

Wowza, this looks YUMMERS. One of my favorite treat to eat! I'll have to try it baked.

Elyse said...

I love fried food, too. But "baked" goods are much better on my tummy and my waistline. These zucchini spears look absolutely delicious! I can't wait to try them! (Speaking of "baked" goods...have you ever had cornmeal crusted pickles...they're incredible; I promise!)

unconfidentialcook said...

If anything will get my husband and daughter to eat zucchini, "fried" and "parmesan" together just might do the trick.

Dragon said...

They look crunchy and delicious. Yum!

Tangled Noodle said...

These look delicious - they make me almost regret not planting zucchini this year. Almost: I had crazy-huge zukes last year and I spent a good amount of time grating, slicing and freezing.

Ozge said...

I just got some beautiful zucchini from farmer's market and stumbled upon this, it inspired me =)

Hornsfan said...

So delicious looking - I've got a host of oven fried stuff I'm about to post - it's one of my favorite things to do!

Kevin said...

Zucchini spears are so good! I like to server them with a simple marinara dipping sauce.

Chaya said...

Zucchini has turned out to be quite an interesting vegetable. This is a great idea.