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Zucchini "Fries"
Zucchini Fries Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Fact: You’re never going to make french fries as good as your favorite fast-food joint does. Instead, try this recipe for zucchini “fries,” which hits all the salty, crispy, savory notes you crave. No deep fryer is required, and swapping a starch for a vegetable makes them slightly more virtuous (because, you know, swimsuit season).

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4 TO 6 appetizer or side dish servings

4 medium zucchini

¾ cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt, plus more to finish

¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 eggs

2½ cups panko bread crumbs

⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese

½ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

2. Trim the ends from the zucchini, then cut in half widthwise. Cut in half again, then cut each piece into 4 fat wedges (you’ll get about 16 wedges per zucchini).

3. In a large, shallow bowl, mix the flour with the salt and pepper to combine. In a second large, shallow bowl, whisk the eggs. In a third large, shallow bowl, mix the bread crumbs with the Parmesan, garlic powder and cayenne pepper to combine.

4. Working in batches, dip each piece of zucchini first into the flour mixture, then into the egg, then into thebread crumbs. Transfer the breaded zucchini to the prepared baking sheet.

5. Bake until the breading is golden brown and crisp, 25 to 30 minutes. Season with additional salt to taste; serve immediately.

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