The Chew: Burger & Fries
This was The Chew’s Burger Time episode, with burger recipes from Michael Symon, Carla Hall, and Top Chef All Stars winner Richard Blais. But you can’t have a burger without fries, and that’s where Mario Batali came in with his Chickpea Fries recipe.
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The Chew: Chickpea Fries Ingredients
- 4 cups Water
- 4 cups Zucchini, grated
- 3 cups Chickpea Flour or Almond Flour
- 1 Lemon, wedged
- Olive Oil
The Chew: Mario Batali Chickpea Fries Directions
- Season zucchini with salt in a colander and let sit 15 minutes. Dry zucchini in a towel.
- Prepare a baking sheet using parchment or wax paper.
- In a pan, simmer water over medium, whisking in the chickpea flour.
- Add salt and pepper. Whisk lumps out of mixture, to the consistency of pancake batter.
- Do not let mixture boil. Stir in zucchini.
- Pour onto prepared baking sheet and spread out using a spatula.
- Let cool in fridge for an hour.
- Heat oil in a heavy pot to 370 F.
- Turn solid chickpea mix upside down on a cutting board, and cut it into fries of desired size.
- Do not overcrowd pan. Cook fries in batches, four to five minutes each, to a golden brown color.
- Let drain on a paper towel. Season with salt and fresh lemon juice.
Now you have a new, vegetarian friendly side item that cuts the calories on your next burger cookout.
I know that sweet potato fries have become more popular in recent years, but they are almost too sweet for a savory dish such as a burger, in my opinion. I wonder what the flavor profile of these zucchini fries is like. Let me know what you think if you try them yourself.