When my friend offered me a zucchini from the garden, I enthusiastically said YES!! Zucchini ranks up there as a veggie favorite of mine so I was eager to have some. I didn't realize it at the time, but this offering was for zucchini-zilla, a giant of a squash and enough to feed a large family and have leftovers.
1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried parsley
ground black pepper to taste
3 zucchinis, sliced
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup vegetable oil for frying
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese, or more to taste
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
salt to taste
Mix bread crumbs, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, parsley, red pepper and black pepper in a bowl. Dip zucchini slices into eggs, then press into bread crumb mixture, shaking off excess. Place the breaded zucchini onto a plate in one layer. Do not stack them since you want to keep each piece breaded evenly.
I bought this cool item from Pampered Chef that is specifically designed for the "dip and bread" process. They're called the Coating Trays and they connect together so they stay together. This is awesome and it simplified the process for me as well as kept all the "parts" in their places.Heat vegetable oil in a large and deep skillet over medium heat. Fry breaded zucchini in hot oil in batches until golden brown, about 3 minutes (or longer if you cut them thick); transfer to a paper towel-lined plate or cooling rack. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese and salt.
These were wonderful! The Parmesan cheese gave it a salty flavor without being overpowering. The crushed red pepper made the sticks say "hello" in my mouth. Gave it just the zest it needed. Best part is the recipe does not weigh down the squash with all that batter you sometimes get when ordering out. It was quite light and the flavor of the squash was the star of the show. I made a dipping sauce from mayonnaise, spicy ranch dressing, garlic powder and parsley that just complimented the sticks.
The cool thing is you can substitute fat free Parmesan and use egg beaters for the egg portion. Cuts calories, sodium and fat from the recipe.
This recipe was featured March 29, 2013 at Home Cooking Memories