After an entire summer of fresh zucchini; I needed a new recipe that would entice T to have zucchini once more before the end of the season. I thought of making tempura veggies for dinner, but I really didn't want to clean up a huge mess. I looked through my cookbooks, Mastercook, but still no inspiration. Finally, while searching online I came across a recipe from Giada de Laurentiis I liked the idea of a simple coating -- but still I didn't want to fry and I didn't have any Panko. I looked around my pantry and fridge and came up with the following side dish.
Parmesan Zucchini Sticks
3 medium zucchini, cut into 3-inch long by 1/2-inch wide strips
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs (you can use seasoned or season your plain bread crumbs with Italian Seasoning or you favorite seasoning combos)
2 egg whites (feel free to use 2 whole eggs - I had egg whites left from another recipe)
2 Tablespoons butter milk (optional)
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup Parmesan
Salt and Pepper to taste
Sheet Pan coated with cooking spray or olive oil
Preheat oven to 350.
In a shallow plate, combine flour, garlic powder, paprika, black pepper and salt/pepper. In another plate, beat the egg and buttermilk. Then finally combine your bread crumbs and 2 Tablespoons of the Parmesean Cheese.
|I used paper plates because I don't have a dish washer and I can just throw out the mess when I'm done. Sometimes, you just have to keep things simple and clean.|
Dip zucchini sticks into flour mixture, then egg mixture, then coat with crumb mixture. Place on your sheet pan. Continue until all the sticks have been coated. This is also a great place to get the kids involved. My greatest memories of my mom was helping her with kitchen projects - like dumpling cutting and fried chicken. If you are worried that they will make a mess then spread newspaper under the plates and then you can just toss the entire mess in the trash when they are done. Come on...let them help.
Tip: Definitely wash your zucchini but don't peel because most of the nutrients are in the skin.