Fried Zucchini

Serves: 4

Zucchini strips get breaded with a panko and Parmesan cheese mixture before they're fried until crisp for the ultimate Italian appetizer.

Dovetailing Tip: In addition to prepping todays zucchini pre 3 zucchini for day 5 by trimming and slicing diagonally about 1/4-inch thick.

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olive oil, for frying
1 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1 1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3 medium zucchini, cut into 3-inch long by 1/2-inch wide strips


Pour enough oil into a large frying pan to reach a depth of 2 inches. Heat the oil over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees F.

Stir 1 1/2 cups Parmesan, the panko, and salt in a medium bowl to blend. Whisk the eggs in another medium bowl to blend. Working in batches, dip the zucchini in the eggs to coat completely and allow the excess egg to drip back into the bowl. Coat the zucchini in the panko mixture, patting to adhere and coat completely. Place the zucchini strips on a baking sheet.

When the oil is hot, working in batches, fry the zucchini sticks until they are golden brown, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the fried zucchini to paper towels and drain.

Arrange the fried zucchini on a platter. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan and serve.


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