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Crispy Traeger'ed Zucchini Plank "Fries"

Posted by Mary M. on August 3, 2014

Crispy Traeger'ed Zucchini Plank

The word "healthy" isn't exactly a mandatory word in our vocabulary. However, we do relish in adding and frequently using other words like "Traeger'ed". (And we also believe that it should be quite thoroughly used!) It is especially delightful when the two can be harmoniously and even deliciously combined. And we've got just the scrumptious bite to prove it!

Crispy Traeger'ed Zucchini Plank "Fries" are what one might call "pseudo-fried". Basically it's all of the crunch and flavor of fries with that lovely, woodsy Traeger finish. We imitate the crisp fry exterior with some panko bread crumbs and a quick, high heat trip on the Traeger. Add some cheese and a lemon-dijon mayo dipping sauce and bada bing, bada boom - you're ready for an incredible taste sensation.

CRISPY TRAEGER'ED ZUCCHINI PLANK "FRIES"

PREP TIME: 20 minutes
COOK TIME: 20 to 25 minutes
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Any
SERVES: 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1 large egg
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups panko
2 medium zucchini, very thinly sliced lengthwise
Parmesan, grated - for garnish
Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish

Lemon Dijon Mayo
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons grated parmesan
Dash of cayenne pepper
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
Salt, to taste
Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish

PREPARATION

The thinner you can slice your zucchini, the crispier your "fries" will be. If you have a mandolin, that would be ideal, otherwise just do your best.

Use 3 separate shallow bowls to create the breading station. In one bowl place the flour, seasoned with the salt and pepper. In another bowl mix together the egg, buttermilk, oregano, garlic and thyme. In the last bowl place the panko bread crumbs.

Bread each slice of zucchini by first dredging it in the flour. Next dip it in the egg mixture, shaking off the excess. Lastly, thoroughly coat it in the panko bread crumbs. Place the breaded zucchini slices on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Start the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (about 5 minutes). Preheat the Traeger to High heat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Place the baking sheet with the zucchini on the Traeger and cook for 15 minutes.

Turn each zucchini plank over and cook for 5 to 10 minutes more or until the zucchini slices are golden and crispy.

Meanwhile, mix together the Lemon-Dijon Mayo. Stir together all of the mayo ingredients and set aside.

After you take the zucchini off the Traeger grate fresh parmesan over the top.

Crispy Traeger'ed Zucchini Plank

Serve the crispy zucchini planks while warm after giving the zucchini and lemon-dijon mayo a sprinkling of the freshly chopped parsley.

Crispy Traeger'ed Zucchini Plank

PRINTABLE RECIPE:

Crispy Traeger'ed Zucchini Fries Recipe.docx (12.24 kb)