Zucchini Fries


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The zucchini is a vegetable I did not eat very much growing up. Not quite sure why but I do know my grandmother didn’t like cooking things she couldn’t pronounce (I take that back, she made Chicken Tetrazzini a few times ). “In a culinary context, zucchini is treated as a vegetable, which means it is usually cooked and presented as a savory dish or accompaniment. Botanically, however, the zucchini is an immature fruit, being the swollen ovary of the female zucchini flower”.

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Now that you are fully turned off with this talk of flower ovaries lets talk about the dish.  I came up with this recipe when I was frying chicken and felt guilty because I wasn’t eating a vegetable. There was a lonely zucchini sitting in the fridge and I decided to cook it the same way I was cooking the chicken. First letting the zucchini bathe in Frank’s Hot Sauce, dredging it in seasoned flour the deep drying it.

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You will immediately taste the difference between these and your standard fried zucchini which is usually done with bread crumbs. The hot sauce will add less heat than you expect and a nice vinegar based tang. How large you cut the fries is up to you and how like your fries. It is easier to dredge the large fries.

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ZUCCHINI FRIES

3 medium size zucchinis

1/2 cup Frank’s Hot Sauce

1 cup flour

1/2 tablespoon Cajun seasoning

1/2 tablespoon garlic salt

1 teaspoon Lowry’s Season

vegetable oil

(instead of making a flour mixture you can you House-Autry Chicken Breader)

Mix flour and seasoning in large try or plate and set aside . Pour hot sauce in separate bowl and set aside.

Peel skin from zucchini and cut into shape of french fries (size at your discretion).  Add zucchini fries to bowl of hot sauce, mix and let sit for a few minutes.

Meanwhile pour vegetable oil into frying pan (enough to just cover fries) and heat to 375 degrees. If you don’t have a thermometer drop one test fry to oil, the oil is hot enough with the fry comes to a good sizzle.

Take a batch of fries from hot sauce and dredge in flour mixture. Add fries to oil and cook in batches. Do not crowd the pan as this will lower your oil too much and cause the zucchini to be soggy. When fries are golden brown, remove from oil and allow to drain on paper towel. Serve with hot sauce or ranch for dipping.

 

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38 Comments on “Zucchini Fries”

  1. softballgirl78
    August 20, 2009 at 5:59 pm #

    yumm sounds delicious. I’ll have to give it a try sometime!

    • thedish22
      August 20, 2009 at 6:38 pm #

      glad you like it…let me know if it turns out well after u do.

  2. August 20, 2009 at 6:08 pm #

    looks delicious, what other vegetables could you use?

  3. thedish22
    August 20, 2009 at 6:37 pm #

    eggplant works well and you could try pickles without letting them sit in hot sauce since pickles already have alot of vinegar. you could try anything…let me know if you use some other veggies and how it works out

  4. August 20, 2009 at 7:09 pm #

    At last! A zuccini dish my son might eat! Sounds very good. Thanks.

    • thedish22
      August 21, 2009 at 1:46 am #

      yup, but if he doesnt like spicy take the hot sauce and cajun season out and just confuse him with a the fries vegg.

  5. August 20, 2009 at 7:30 pm #

    A very interesting idea, and looks delicious. Shall try it with other favourite veggies, or leafy veggies.

    • thedish22
      August 21, 2009 at 1:41 am #

      leafy veggies??? I like the sound of it. which ones are you thinking? let me know if it works because I want to try it.

  6. brandon
    August 20, 2009 at 7:52 pm #

    its yuck

    • thedish22
      August 21, 2009 at 1:38 am #

      sorry you didnt like, but thanks for stopping in and maybe mom should have made u eat your veggies

  7. August 20, 2009 at 8:42 pm #

    Great Recipe! Just wanted to mention that Zucchini is one of the easiest things to grow as well, so this makes great use of garden space. I had only 2 plants this year and consistently have been getting 4 to 5 Zucchinis every week. Now I have another use for it. Thanks!

    • thedish22
      August 21, 2009 at 1:37 am #

      I read that it is easy to grow and I wish I could but I am away too much and my garden would become a weedfest. Its right behind me wanting to brew my own beer and line of wine. thanks for stopping in.

  8. Mandy
    August 20, 2009 at 10:14 pm #

    What a great idea! Sounds like a good way to get my 8 year old to eat vegies too! Thanks!

    • thedish22
      August 21, 2009 at 1:32 am #

      yes, this is a great way to confuse a child because i was confused after i made them. if he figures out this was really a veg. let me know.

  9. gerbilize
    August 20, 2009 at 11:17 pm #

    *yummy*! i adore sweet potato fries, and i have a feeling i’m gonna love these just as much! thanks for sharing such a delicious and easy recipe!

    • thedish22
      August 21, 2009 at 1:29 am #

      i didnt even think how it would be with the sweets…fry em up and report back..i appreciate u stopping by

  10. August 20, 2009 at 11:43 pm #

    wow, it makes me hungry

    • thedish22
      August 21, 2009 at 1:27 am #

      glad to hear that….eat it..love it and report back

  11. August 20, 2009 at 11:44 pm #

    This looks really good. I think I am going to try this. You stated it is not too hot but has a tangy flavor from the vinegar. This is from the hot sauce correct? I can not eat spicy due to an ulcer. Is this really not spicy, or would there be an alternative possible. And these can be cut into steak fry size?

  12. thedish22
    August 21, 2009 at 1:25 am #

    its not too spicy, but thats my own thoughts…so I would use water or milk instead of hot sauce before dipping in the flour. dont want u dont end up like the guy in “dumb and and dumber”..thanks so much for coming to my site….and now that I know u are out there I will try few thing that are ulcer friendly so check back soon

  13. August 21, 2009 at 1:55 am #

    Great idea! Those look fantastic 🙂 Can’t wait to try them.

    • thedish22
      August 21, 2009 at 2:05 am #

      shannon, thanks so for looking at my blog, just started and hope to add alot more so keep checking in and if they are the best way to make zucchini let meke know.

  14. cba
    August 21, 2009 at 3:22 am #

    i guess this is good… thanks for sharing…

  15. August 21, 2009 at 7:39 am #

    i never thought that you could cook zucchini this way and not to mention it’s hot/spicy – just my type! maybe i’m going to try it sometime 🙂

    • thedish22
      August 21, 2009 at 12:53 pm #

      Give it a shot and I am sure you will like it. Thanks for stopping by, more to come.

  16. August 21, 2009 at 8:27 am #

    As a veteran vegetarian (over 32 years now!), zucchini has always been my least liked vegetable. Well, now that I know it is an ovary, it all makes sense. I don’t like eggs either! All kidding aside, what a great sounding recipe. I will definetely give it a try and let you you know if you get me hooked on the dreaded veg. Your photos are beautiful! Glad I found your blog.

    • thedish22
      August 21, 2009 at 12:44 pm #

      HAHA, trying to sneak those damn reproductive organs in. Glad you liked the site and food.

  17. Littlerhody
    August 21, 2009 at 11:13 am #

    I am going to try these…they look great….I just tried zucchini flowers in Italy this past summer and loved them!

    Thanks!

    • thedish22
      August 21, 2009 at 12:42 pm #

      Thank you. how was the flower made? i have heard of them being tempura fried? maybe i will try that out soon.

  18. Christian
    August 21, 2009 at 12:02 pm #

    Nice!

  19. Christian
    August 21, 2009 at 12:02 pm #

    Very nice!

  20. August 21, 2009 at 12:13 pm #

    Now they look good! Can’t wait to make them, I love spices!

    • thedish22
      August 21, 2009 at 12:40 pm #

      thanks for stopping in ahmet and glad you like them.

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