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Celebrate Heart Health Month this February by serving these baked Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Fries as an appetizer or veggie side dish your whole family will love!
“Shree shree” was one of my first words. If you don’t speak toddler, this translates to french fries. It’s true. I loved french fries then, and decades later, they still are one of my favorite foods. Unfortunately, they aren’t the healthiest of foods. Boo. So, when I’m at home, and I have a hankering for french fries, I pull out this recipe for Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Fries with Garlic Aioli. With a few adjustments – like baking our fries with Mazola® Corn Oil, my craving is no longer a guilty one.
Why make Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Fries? By swapping in the zucchini for potatoes you’re saving big time on carbs and calories! We’re not frying them, but instead baking them with Mazola Corn Oil – it can stand up to the high baking temperature! And finally, by enjoying our Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Fries with our Garlic Aioli made with Greek yogurt instead of mayo, we’re saving on fat and getting extra protein.
Tips on how to make these Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Fries extra crispy
Start by cutting the zucchini into uniformly thick slices. Too skinny, and they won’t have enough heft to them. Too chunky, and I find they can get a bit soggy. I’ve found that they work best when you pick zucchini with a 1″ or so diameter, then quarter them. That way each piece gets the rind. Set aside the sliced zucchini.
You can use any bread crumb, but I love panko! It’s light and has more crunch. I like to mix it with Parmesan, for an extra flavor boost. If you’re vegan, swap it for nutritional yeast. I also use egg as my method to adhere the bread coating. If you’re vegan, substitute the egg for 1/2 cup Mazola Corn Oil. It will work just fine!
The other key to getting the maximum crispness? Greasing the baking sheet. Pour out 1 Tbsp. Mazola Corn Oil onto a large baking sheet. Use a paper towel to ensure the baking sheet is well coated. Then, after each zucchini slice is battered and laid out on the sheet, drizzle with additional oil.
Did you know that Mazola has a high smoke point of 450°F and performs well in a variety of cooking applications? Corn oil is perfect for cooking at higher temperatures in the oven!
Mazola Corn Oil is an all-purpose, cholesterol free cooking oil that is a smart heart-healthy* choice for your family. *See Mazola.com for more information on the relationship between corn oil and heart health. It has a variety of uses include baking, grilling, sautéing, stir frying, or mixing up a marinade or dressing.