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Oven Baked Yellow Squash or Zucchini Fries

Oven Baked Zucchini Fries

Oh my goodness, so much squash! The summer garden season is winding down here in the South and the squash is coming out of our ears. Not to mention everyone at the office is bringing in their extra squash (and zucchini and peppers and tomatoes…) I have a freezer full of Zucchini Bread and more Squash Casserole than we could eat in a year.  One of our favorite ways to cook squash, and one of the only ways my husband will eat it, is to coat with bread crumbs and bake it till it’s crispy!

Oven-Baked Yellow Squash or Zucchini Fries

A summer squash has a strong resemblance, in flavor and texture, to a zucchini. You can, in fact, substitute zucchini in this recipe, but it will probably bake a bit more quickly.

Ingredients:

1 medium summer squash or zucchini

2 eggs

1 ½ cups breadcrumbs (try panko breadcrumbs for a crunchier texture)

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon mustard power

Salt and pepper

Olive oil

 

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Grease a large baking sheet with olive oil and set aside.

2. Cut the squash into wedges. Remove the seeds if they are quite large and set wedges aside.

zucchini

 

 

3. Whisk the eggs in a dish and set aside.

4. In another dish, combine the bread crumbs (or panko), paprika, mustard powder and salt and pepper.

5. Start by dipping the wedges, one by one, into the egg mixture and then the bread crumb mixture. Place each wedge on the greased baking sheet. Continue until all the wedges are done.

6. You can bake the wedges as is for about 30-40 (until soft inside and golden brown on the outside) but we like a more golden and crispy,  so drizzle or spray some olive oil on top of the wedges. Flip half way through baking. (you can also broil them the last two or three minutes)

7. Serve immediately with ranch, marinara or your favorite dip.

Optional:

When I make zucchini like this, I like to add some grated Parmesan cheese to the breadcrumb mixture and sometimes some fresh herbs like oregano and thyme.

parm and herbs

 

Have any awesome ways to use up your summer harvest?  I could use a few ideas!

 

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