deep-fried zucchini bites

Yes, I said it: deep fried. As in these were made with a deep fryer (see photo below for evidence). Remember folks, a healthy diet (and a happy human) requires variety and the occasionally junk food. Deep fried junk food.

Plus, I made these for a lot of people. I didn't eat all of them - just a significant portion of them.

Oh, and the "bites" in the title? Perhaps that's a little misleading. They would make a very large bite. Technically, they're more "strip-like." But that's besides the point.

No matter how big your mouth is, make these "bites" when you're feeling the need for something different and fried. If you don't have a deep fryer (I don't - this was my brother-in-law's house), just heat a pan with olive oil and dip a smallish, breaded slice into it once it's hot; if it sizzles, the pan is ready. And you will be, too.

Deep-Fried Zucchini Bites
  • 1 3/4 cups freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 1/2 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 medium zucchini, cut into 3-inch long by 1/4-inch wide strips
  • Ranch dressing
  • Marinara
  1. In a shallow dish, combine breadcrumbs, cheese, salt and pepper. Note: fresh herbs, like basil or parsley would be delicious here too - as well as a shake or two of Italian seasoning. In a smaller bowl, whisk the eggs until blended.
  2. Dip the zucchini slices in the egg and shake to remove any excess. Transfer to the breadcrumb mixture and press to make the breadcrumbs stick.
  3. Heat oil to 350* and submerge the breaded zucchini bites into the oil for several minutes, until golden brown, being careful not to overcrowd the fryer. Serve hot with marinara and ranch dressing on the side.

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