Monday, December 1, 2008

Fried Zucchini

Wow, what a great 4 day weekend with family! Lots of eating & drinking so I am definitely feeling that it's time to take a step back from the over indulging & focus on some balance as well as exercise!!!! We spent some time at Downtown Disney, enjoying the movie Bolt as well as the fairly new T-Rex Cafe. Just think Rainforest Cafe except with dinosaurs & wooly mammoths, since both were built by the same company. There's also one in Kansas City.

Yesterday I had family over for some appetizers so this Fried Zucchini was the 1st to come to mind. It is so delicious, plain & simple, and one of my favorite fried appetizers EVAH!! If you take your time with the breading, you will feel like you were served this out at a restaurant. By the time the breading is golden brown you can be sure the inside is perfect!









4 zucchini (each will make 8 pieces), skin peeled
1-2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups dried bread crumbs & Panko
Garlic powder
Dried basil
Salt & Pepper
4 eggs, whisked
Vegetable oil for frying
Grated Parmesan cheese for sprinkling
Marinara sauce for dipping (optional)

Halve the zucchini crosswise, then cut each half into 4 quarters. Combine breadcrumbs, garlic, basil, salt & pepper & place in a dish for coating. Place your flour in another dish with a little salt & pepper. Then whisk the eggs in another deeper bowl with a little water. Have your flour, eggs, & breadcrumbs in an assembly line, in that order.

Coat the zucchini in the flour, shaking off excess. Using a fork, roll zucchini around in egg until coated thoroughly. You never have to get egg on your hand with this method & your breadcrumbs stay dryer. Roll zucchini in breadcrumbs until coated then place on wax paper & set aside. Repeat with remaining.

In a frying pan, pour oil to about 2 inches in depth, over medium heat. When the oil is hot enough, fry zucchini until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Transfer sticks to a plate lined with paper towel. Immediately sprinkle with a little salt & parmesan cheese. Place on a nice platter & serve with some marinara sauce, if desired.

My Thoughts:

One of the BEST things about this recipe is you can bread the zucchini up to 3 hours prior & set aside at room temp or the night before and place in fridge. The breading stays on so beautifully! You can use more oil if you want to deep fry. I only used about 2 inches & just turned over the zucchini after 3 minutes. I also did not measure the breadcrumbs along with the garlic powder & basil but I like to use quite a bit of both, just use as much as you love. Allow yourself a good 1/2 hour to bread 32 sticks. It takes time but very well worth the effort. 

44 comments:

Erin said...

Wow-- it's only 7am here and I'm hungry for these already! These are one of my favorite appetizers! I'm definitely trying this recipe!

Lula! said...

See? Told you.

Clicking for the printable recipe, as always. It won't be too long that I'll have an entire LLL cookbook. Of my own. Until you publish one for real.

Jen said...

My mouth is watering. I want some right now. I know its 9AM but still, I think they would make a good breakfast after breakfast.

Tabitha Blue said...

That really looks good! I just love spending time at Downtown Disney when we're in town... wish I had a place like that here :)

Joan said...

That looks so good! I cant wait to try that. I love zucchini so fried would be even better!

Mary said...

sounds delicious!

Kacey R. said...

Oh this is my fave! Sounds so super yummy.

Jason Mraz was in town last night at the best venue EVAH. Yes, I'm stealing your word. I wanted to see him so bad but no dice. Maybe next time. You just come here, or I'll go there. We'll eat, drink, and be merry with Jason. Not ina stalker kind of way, just an admiring kind of way. LOL

biz319 said...

I find that if I refrigerate my breaded zucchini for an hour before frying, the coating stays on perfectly.

Great recipe!

Carrie said...

I haven't had fried zucchini in forever and I LOVE it!!! Thanks for the recipe!

Rachel said...

Yum Yum. I found you on another blog and it seems we have a lot in common not to mention where we live. I am close to DT Disney and my hubby loves to cook and I love to eat it!
I'll be back!

Texas Mom said...

Now THAT looks delicious! I will most certain try this recipe SOON!!

I plan to grow some zucchini this spring and this recipe will especially come in handy.

Natalie said...

I live in FL, and I love food! We have sooo much in common! LOL

Seriously though, I'm excited about finding your blog via Jewel Street's and am off to take a quick look around.

Mommy's Kitchen said...

I love fried zucchini those look great.

gingela5 said...

I wish I liked zucchini although technically I've never tried it...It looks so good though! Anything fried looks good!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

sound delicous- and I'm with you - I NEED a BIG diet for the next couple of weeks - The T-Rex restaurant sounds like a great place - my son would adore it!

Kristina P. said...

I LOVE fried zuchinni! I am making fried ravioli this weekend, for my cookie exchange.

KDLOST said...

mmmm!

i am so hungry. and worn out! (long weekends = fun but tiring!) will you come and cook these for us? lol we're a really fun family, i promise! :)

TattooedMinivanMom said...

Mmmmm, I love fried zuck-in-eye!

inland empire restaurant and food reviews said...

Looks delicious!!!!

Alyson (New England Living) said...

What a great Thanksgiving weekend! That recipe looks totally delish!

Melissa said...

Once again---- Y-u-m-m-y!!! I'm starting think I am going to hire you as my personal chef...

HeatherY said...

So yummy! We always fry squash every summer! My husband will hardly eat a veggie if it isn't deep fried! lol!

Laurie said...

Your fried zucchini looks yummy! Kudos on getting the Christmas decorations up. Your house looks beautiful!

Jennifer said...

I need to know if BOLT was good!!?! Let me know! Sounds like a fun weekend. I haven't gone to T-Rex yet...it may scare Princess.

Coco said...

Fried zuchinni and mushrooms, two of my favorite things.

Hope you had a fabulous Turkey Day!
Your house is just precious!

Octamom said...

I adore fried zucchini--and your's look particularly wonderful! I think Giada has a recipe for doing it with rice flour--I've never tried that, but it supposedly also makes an amazing crust on the 'zucc'!

Blessings!

sassy stephanie said...

Ok, please. We've been "friends" for some time now. I think it is about time you let me in on your little secret. Coke? Smack? What is it that you take that keeps you from gaining 100 lbs??

jsprik said...

yummy!!!

The Blonde Duck said...

As a true Texan, I'll have to fry me up some zuccini immediately. I think it's the only thing I haven't fried.

Scary Mommy said...

I second sassy stephanie's comment-- those look delish. How are you not 500 pounds?!!

And your house looks awesome!

Michelle said...

I only partake in fried stuff every now and then. I have only eaten a bowl of cereal today and let me tell you, those fried zuc's look really good to me right now!

Maria said...

What a great way to enjoy a vegetable:)

Pam said...

I love fried zucchini - these look fantastic. I can hear the crunch from here.

Mo said...

Looks so yummy!

ConversationsWithACupcake said...

Whod've thunk you could bread that zucch early? LOVE it!

I used to ride my bike down to Montgomery's Ranch House and buy an order of fried mushrooms & zucchini when I was a wee little thing. Man, I would crave that stuff. It's nice to know it's not too terribly hard to make it at home. Will HAVE to try! Yum. Yum.

Jason, as himself said...

I love fried zucchini! I'll bet yours is the best ever.

Tanya said...

These just look darn good. I've never had it fried..yum!

mommaof4wife2r said...

girl, you have sparked a love in my food life. i love fried zucchini and i never make it in the long slices. i just might have to go and get some. yummo!!!

anudivya said...

I love these... I have been meaning to try the bread crumb coated baked version... looks lovely.

Lump said...

this is the only way I will eat zucchini!! you are so after my heart, I just know it.

Michelle said...

Thank you for this! My fav appetizer! Yummy!
What a sweet day the 3 of you had. That place sounds awesome!

Sweet Pea Chef said...

I love fried zucchini. I think my mouth is watering...

Ace C said...

I'll have to pass for the first time.

Ronnica said...

I'd love to try this, but will never make it. This is what my roommate was attempting to make when she set our apartment on fire.