Zucchini Bites

25 04 2012

It is that time of the year where everyone starts planting their garden and next thing you know you have zucchini coming out your ears. Growing up my dad always planted lots of zucchini and we ate it for almost every meal all summer long. Due to this I was not much of a fan. I only liked to eat it Barbecued, which is still a favorite of mine. But I decided that I wanted to change things up a bit and step away from the usual way that I cook zucchini.

I of course found this recipe floating around pinterest and decided to give it a try. You can find it over at The Curious Country Cook. I had all the ingredients on the list in my pantry and it went together really easy. Just make sure that you spray your muffin tin and that you get all the moisture out of your shredded zucchini or else you will have soggy bites.

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Zucchini Bites

~ 1 cup zucchini, grated

~ 1 egg

~ 1/4 yellow onion, diced

~ 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, or whatever you like best

~ 1/4 cup Italian style bread crumbs, or whatever you have on hand

~ salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400 degree F. Spray a mini-muffin tin with nonstick spray, set aside.

2. Grate the zucchini and then place in a dish towel to squeeze out the excess water, like when using frozen spinach. If you skip this part, the middle of the zucchini bites will be really soggy while the outside gets crispy.

3. In a bowl combine, the egg, onion, cheese, bread crumbs, zucchini, salt and pepper.

4. Using a spoon or a cookie scoop, fill the mini muffin cups to the top. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the top is browned and set.

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Zucchini Bites

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Baked Zucchini

22 03 2011

I have always loved deep fried zucchini.  I love to order it at restaurants or get it at the fair. Dipped in Ranch or mustard it is amazing.  I have never made it at home mainly because I know it is not the best thing in the world for you being that it is deep fried.  When I stumbled upon this recipe that baked the zucchini instead of deep frying I was in heaven. It isn’t quite the same as the deep fried version but it is still amazing and is a great option for cooking zucchini.

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Baked Zucchini

~ 1-2 large zucchini, cut into circles

~ 2 eggs

~ 2 Tbsp. milk

~ 1 cup Italian-style bread crumbs or croutons blended up finely in a blender

~ 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

~ salt and pepper to taste

~ cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 425o F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray evenly with cooking spray.

2. Combine eggs and milk in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and salt & pepper. Dip each zucchini piece into the egg mixture, then dip into bread crumbs until evenly coated in crumbs. Place zucchini on baking sheet.

3. Bake at 425o F for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. For an added crisp, turn on the oven to broil and cook for about 30-45 seconds longer, be careful not to burn. Remove from the oven and serve hot with ranch dressing or marinara.

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Baked Zucchini





Barbecued Zucchini

7 02 2011

Growing up my dad always planted a garden. Zucchini was one of the vegetables grown and we always had so much zucchini that it was all we ate for the entire summer.  I was not such a fan of it except for when it is cooked two ways deep fried and barbecued.  Now lets be honest while deep frying zucchini is amazing it is not the healthiest and it is a whole lot harder than barbecuing.

Buttered Zuccuni

All you do is cut the zucchini in half length wise and pierce it with a fork. Then spread some butter on it.

Seasoned Zuccuni

Then sprinkle it with your favorite seasoning. Ours is Pappy’s Choice Seasoning which comes from our home in Fresno, California. We love it so much we get enough when we go home so that it will last us until our next trip. You can put it on anything hamburgers, chicken, seafood, and vegetables.

Grilling Zuccuni

Next throw it on the grill butter side up so that the butter has a chance to melt.  Once you get grill marks flip it to the other side.  Cook until they are tender approximately 10 to 15 minutes depending on how large your zucchini are.

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Barbecued Zucchini

~ butter

~ seasoning of choice

~ 1 zucchini per person

 

Cut zucchini in half length wise and pierce with a fork.  Spread inside with butter and then season.  Place zucchini on the barbecue cut side up. Turn over once you have grill marks and barbecue until zucchini is tender approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

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Barbecued Zucchini








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