August 12, 2011

Yellow Squash 'Fries' with a Poblano and Herb Dipping Sauce

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Greasy, crunchy, in a basket or served up surrounding a delicious burger... french fries area  treat I can never get enough of.

So I know I can't be the only person out there with a huge ongoing craving for french fries, they are thee American staple and you can almost guarentee that if you order a sandwich, burger or fried fish at any restaruant or sandwich joint, you will be served up some delicious crispy french fries to pair on the side. Paul and I do not eat out very often because it can become expensive but maily because we both would much rather play in the kitchen and hopefully make healthier choices for dinner rather than my previously mentioned grease-dripping burger and fries.

Apparently when you are out to eat these days there is a new thing where waitresses have become acustom to asking if you "still want the fries that come with that" being I guess some people have more willpower than I do and will say refuse to keep to a healthier diet. Well not me, no way... bring on the big batch, lots of salt, extra crispy and I will even take the woman's fries across from me that turned them down (ok maybe not that far, well, maybe)! When I am out to eat it is my time to indulge and enjoy what I normally would never eat at home so I say again... bring on the fries.
So being that I clearly have an issue with self control when it comes to fries I needed some kind of fry-fix when I am home and had a craving but obviously keeping to a much healthier option. We have had an obundance of zucchinis and yellow squashes at the house, so much so that I almost dont know what else to cook with them all.

Sticking to my healthy weekday meals, I wanted to cook up my favorite batch of squash 'fries' to have with our lemon grilled tuna. I keep 'quoting' the word fries because I dont actually fry them but instead I bake them in the oven using less oils and keeping the veggie healthier without losing it's natural flavors. The 'fries' have outragious flavor and the cooling kcik you get from the dipping sauce really compliments the breading over the squash. Tastey and light is what I am all about.

Healthy baked fries make Laura a happy girl.

Yellow Squash 'Fries' with a Poblano and Herb Dipping Sauce
Recipe and photos by A Healthy Jalapeno

2 small yellow squash, halfed legnth-wise and sliced into sticks
1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, fresh grated
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup milk
1 large eggvegetable/olive oil
Preheat oven to 425° F. Brush olive oil over a foiled baking sheet.

Whisk together bread crumbs, parmesan, salt, onion powder and pepper in a dipping bowl. Place milk and egg in a separate shallow bowl and whisk. Dip squash slices in milk then in breadcrumb mixture patting the crumbs on. Place slices on baking sheet and repeat until all are coated and ready for the oven.

Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. I enjoy my veggie fries a little on the softer side so if you wanted to make yours a little crispier then once they are done cooking, put your oven on broil with the door open for another 2 min, watching carefully to make sure they donw burn. This will create a much crunchier texture for your 'fries'.

Poblano  and Herbed Dipping Sauce
1/2 cup Sour Cream
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
1 shallot, chopped
1/2 clove garlic

Use a blender or food processor to combine all ingredients, except the sour cream and mayo, until smooth. Add in the wet ingredients and pulse until blended. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired.

Serve Squash Fries immediately with poblano and herbed dipping sauce and a slice of lemon for garnish.



Helena said...

These look really yummy! It's squash season and I just bought 2 beautiful yellow squashes. I'm going to make the dipping sauce using fat free Greek yogurt instead of the sour cream. Thanks for sharing. ;)

Linda said...

Wow, love that dipping sauce! I like baked squash fries and eggplant too! I've got to try out your dipping sauce, just sounds so delicious!

Barefeet In The Kitchen said...

My boys would love that dipping sauce. It sounds delicious.