Have you ever made low carb zucchini fries? If you haven’t… oh my gosh, you need to. Maybe I’m a bit biased about how excited I am about these gluten-free parmesan zucchini fries, but I’m pretty sure it’s more than the fact that I’ve been missing “real food” over this past week.
The reason for that is, my husband and I just got back from a wonderful beach retreat in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. It felt amazing to just relax! The food was quite good, but as is usually the case in a primarily buffet setting, it was extremely bland to account for varying palates. Honestly, I have a hard time understanding how such bland food can be anyone’s idea of delicious, but they are probably staying on the safe side. Apparently “somewhat edible” for everyone is what they are going for, even if that means “boring” for most.
For the reason of food alone, I admit I was a bit excited to get back. Who knew one could miss even the basics (salt and pepper) so much? Needless to say, sprinkling them on food after it’s done cooking is not even remotely the same. Not to mention other spices.
My spice rack was a nice, warm welcome back home.
The other thing I missed? Parmesan cheese! For some reason the only cheeses they had were bland and mushy. Who wants that? I knew I had to immediately incorporate a rich parmesan into a new recipe.
The resulting creation? Crispy parmesan low carb zucchini fries!
As I mentioned in my last post, I know summer squash isn’t exactly in season right now, but my local Costco still has a fresh batch, so I’m taking advantage while I can. For this recipe, I got the zucchini extra crispy by breading it in parmesan cheese mixed with garlic powder and black pepper.
I have to say, I’ve made low carb zucchini fries with all kinds of breading, but this parmesan one is my absolute favorite. The coating gets super crispy in the oven, which is fantastic, and the parmesan cheese flavor is to die for. The recipe is incredibly simple, too – just five ingredients!
My favorite dipping sauce for these low carb zucchini fries is organic marinara. Parmesan cheese and tomato sauce are such a classic combination – can’t go wrong with that. I also think they are awesome with dijon mustard, but maybe that’s just me. Any dipping sauce works, really.
Everything is better with dipping sauce!
Truthfully, these particular low carb zucchini fries are so good that the dipping sauce is totally optional. The parmesan cheese and garlic powder provide so much flavor that nothing else is needed. (Later edit: I think these go perfectly with my spicy appetizer dipping sauce!)
How do you like your parmesan zucchini fries? Plain or dipped in a sauce?
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