Baking

Zucchini Fries!

Cherries, apricots, and zucchinis are EVERYWHERE right now, and they are all tempting me so much! Summer produce is in full bloom and I just want to sample all of it.

I went to visit a friend in Queens, and I demanded to stop by the place where she gets all of her cheap produce. I love TJ’s for the most part, but some of their fresh things are rather pricey and not always of the best quality. Not to mention it’s sometimes impossible to buy just one or two of something. I have to buy 10 plums or no plums.

I walked into this new store optimistic and hopeful. There was a good selection of organic and non-organic things, but my wallet demanded I go for the cheaper option for the moment. I ended up buying 1 zucchini (for fries!), 2 plums, 2 nectarines, 4 limes, and a bag of green beans. All for the super low price of $5.14! The green beans alone were $1.99, so that slightly threw off the price, but I don’t really mind. I’m going to have to go back here whenever I visit my friend, because the selection was good and the price was right.

I made these fries after another friend made them and then had no idea what to do with the rest of her zucchinis. I was looking for recipes to help her, and I guess I spent enough time doing so that I started craving them as well.

There isn’t really a measured recipe, because I just added things as I went along. I coated the fries in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs, so it was simple enough.  I also made sure to try to squeeze excess moisture out of the fries before I coated them, since my last foray with zucchini was rather mushy.

The flour mixture was all-purpose flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I cracked an egg and mixed in a little water. And I actually made the breadcrumbs about a week ago from an overly stale baguette, and then added some pepper, garlic powder, and Parmesan cheese today.

I sprayed a cookie sheet and baked the fries at 400* for about 15 minutes and then turned it up to 425* for 5 more minutes after I flipped them. I did cut a couple of them a bit too small, and so they were a bit mushy, but for the most part they were crispy and wonderful and worked well with the leftover pizza sauce I dunked them in. I definitely want to make them again in the near future because they were super simple and a nice alternative to other breaded things I’ve been craving lately.

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