Monday, 11 February 2008

Zucchini Tots

2 medium/large zucchini, sliced into tot-sized pieces,
   about 1/2-inch diameter and 1-inch long (no need to peel)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
salt and pepper, to taste Plus pinch Jerk or Creole
   seasoning, cayenne, chili powder, etc. optional and to taste
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup Panko or homemade breadcrumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • Preheat oven to 400F, line a baking sheet with parchment or spray with cooking spray.
  • Slice the zucchini into approximately 1/2-inch diameter and 1-inch long segments and transfer to a large bowl.
  • Sprinkle with flour, salt and pepper, plus any optional seasonings or spices, and toss to coat evenly; set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, beat the eggs; set aside.
  • In a separate large bowl, add the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and stir to combine; set aside.
  • Using your hands or a slotted spoon, add some of the floured zucchini pieces to the eggs for a quick dunk.
  • Remove zucchini from eggs and transfer to breadcrumb mixture. 
  • Toss with hands or a spoon to coat evenly.
  • Place zucchini on prepared baking tray, spaced evenly and without touching. You want the oven air to circulate freely on all pieces so they get as crispy as possible.
  • Repeat battering process with remaining zucchini and place on baking tray. The process is messy and not every piece will be evenly coated and breaded - that's just fine. 
  • Bake for about 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Serve with ketchup or your favourite dip or Wasabi Dip
  • To make Wasabi dip, combine sour cream and Wasabi, powder or paste, to taste.