Hello! This week I've been rushing around, on my bike, on the train, around food festivals, in food markets, around my kitchen experimenting with some delights I will share here soon. Busy, busy! I have also been racking up some time at The Lean Green Bean Its my fifth month with the The Secret Recipe Club and Lindsay's foodie foray was to be my December assignment. Read about it here to find out what it's all about (if you can keep a secret).
Lets talk fries....
Crispy garlic Zucchini Fries
These looked so good on Lindsay's blog I just had to give them a go. There was a teeny bit of tweaking to be done to make these crispy sticks gluten-free and vegan. Traditional recipes of this type use egg to bind the crumb to the object- de-la-legumes so I needed to find the best alternative. I didn't want to use something out of a box that someone else had produced I wanted to find a vegan 'egg' in my cupboards. This website was a big help - all about egg replacements in baking. I used 1 tbs flour (sorghum), 1/2 tsp oil and 2 tbs water to mix to a paste. It worked a treat. Here is what you need for the rest of the recipe
2 zucchini (courgettes) julienned
2 tbs gluten-free flour (sorghum has a lovely flavour and works perfectly)
1 tbs vegan Parmesan powder or nutritional yeast
1/4 tbs gluten-free bread crumbs
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp paprika (you can also add a pinch of chili powder if you want them fiery)
salt & pepper to taste
1.Prepare your station
bowl one - flour & Parmesan
bowl two - egg replacer - (flour, oil and water)
bowl three - breadcrumbs, paprika, garlic powder, baking powder, salt & pepper
2. dip the bald fries into the bowls from 1-3 ensuring they are well covered. 3. gently place on an oiled baking sheet and bake in a pre-heated oven at 220 degrees for 20 mins. Give them a little shake halfway through. 4. serve immediately with lemon aioli (blend tofu, lemon juice and garlic powder or minced garlic clove and season to taste)
Did I enjoy them? A picture speaks a thousand words!
I think I actually like them better than sweet potato fries (speaks my fickle heart) as the texture and flavour are very close to white potato fries...only better AND good for you. The spud being a member of the nightshade family is a no-go area for many. This recipe will be sweet music to their ears.
See, this is what happens when you are a member of The Secret Recipe Club, you stumble across edible gems you might otherwise have missed. Bravo Lindsay. I hope your December SRC was as happy-making as mine.