If you’ve ever attended a state fair, you’ve seen the deep-fried versions of mac & cheese, ice cream, and candy bars. Leave it to Americans for over-the-top food! At least when Italians fire up the oil pot, they have the good sense to batter up some vegetables. Trader Joe’s Zucchini Fries were inspired by the southern Italian tradition of battering and frying Zucchini, or “little squash.”
Our supplier is based in Roseto degli Abruzzi on the northern coast of southern Italy—right in the middle of the region where vegetable frying originated. Local squash, grown just for our supplier, is cut into short sticks and then carefully grilled, imparting a subtle smoky flavor and imposing gentle grill marks. Next, they’re battered with cornmeal and wheat flour before being cooked until golden brown in sunflower oil.
To enjoy these slightly salty veggie treats, spread them out on a sheet pan and crisp them from frozen in your oven. No extra oil required. You’ll find that the flavor of the high quality zucchini really comes through. Spice it up with TJ’s Sriracha, or cool things down with a dollop of our Tzaziki Dip. The next time you plan on having french fried potatoes, try Italian Zucchini Fries instead!
Nope, we can’t say Zucchini Fries are “healthy.” But, we can say that they will help you get an extra serving of vegetables into that picky kid (or finicky adult, for that matter). They’re $2.69 for the frozen, 12-ounce package.