The Chew: Mario Batali Vegetarian Chickpea Fries Recipe with Zucchini

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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.

Do you have a favorite burger recipe from this episode? Was it:

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The Chew: Mario Batali Vegetarian Chickpea Fries Recipe with Zucchini

The Chew had Mario Batali create vegetarian Chickpea Fries using zucchini to create a low-calorie side dish to go with your favorite burger recipe.

Tell me your choice in the comments.

The Chew: Chickpea Fries Ingredients

  • 4 cups Water
  • 4 cups Zucchini, grated
  • 3 cups Chickpea Flour or Almond Flour
  • 1 Lemon, wedged
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt

The Chew: Mario Batali Chickpea Fries Directions

  1. Season zucchini with salt in a colander and let sit 15 minutes. Dry zucchini in a towel.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet using parchment or wax paper.
  3. In a pan, simmer water over medium, whisking in the chickpea flour.
  4. Add salt and pepper. Whisk lumps out of mixture, to the consistency of pancake batter.
  5. Do not let mixture boil. Stir in zucchini.
  6. Pour onto prepared baking sheet and spread out using a spatula.
  7. Let cool in fridge for an hour.
  8. Heat oil in a heavy pot to 370 F.
  9. Turn solid chickpea mix upside down on a cutting board, and cut it into fries of desired size.
  10. Do not overcrowd pan. Cook fries in batches, four to five minutes each, to a golden brown color.
  11. 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.

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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.

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