Baked Parmesan Zucchini Curly Fries

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This healthy recipe combines two bar food favorites--fried zucchini and curly fries--into one tempting package. Serve these baked zucchini fries with a simple dipping sauce made with ranch dressing and marinara sauce for a crowd-pleasing appetizer or a side dish for burgers, chicken or pizza. No matter what you serve them with, they're a fun way to eat more vegetables for kids and adults alike. By: Robin Bashinsky Source: EatingWell.com, April 2019
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Healthy, vegetarian
Servings 6
Calories

Equipment

  • Shallow Dishes
  • baking sheet
  • parchment paper

Ingredients
  

  • Cooking spray
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 4 large egg whites lightly beaten
  • 1 cup panko Japanese-style breadcrumbs
  • ¾ ounce Parmesan cheese finely grated (see Tip)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 12 ounces spiralized zucchini noodles see Tip
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup light ranch dressing
  • ¼ cup lower-sodium marinara sauce

Instructions
 

  • Step 1
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper; coat with cooking spray. Place cornstarch in a shallow dish. Place egg whites in a separate shallow dish. Stir together panko, Parmesan and oregano in a third shallow dish.
  • Step 2
  • Coarsely chop zucchini noodles into 5- or 6-inch-long pieces. Working in batches, dredge the noodles in the cornstarch; shake off excess. Dredge in the egg whites; shake off excess. Dredge in the panko mixture; shake off excess. Arrange the noodles, well spaced apart, in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets. Coat with cooking spray.
  • Step 3
  • Bake until golden and crispy, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven; sprinkle with salt.
  • Step 4
  • Combine ranch and marinara in a shallow bowl; serve alongside the fries.

Notes

Tips: Finely grate Parmesan using the medium holes of box grater (you should get about 1/4 cup).
Look for a package of fresh zucchini noodles in the produce department, or make your own zucchini noodles; you'll need about 3 medium or 2 large zucchini for 12 ounces of zoodles.
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