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Breaded and baked zucchini

By August 28, 2013 Recipes

‘Tis the time of year for zucchini.  Lots and lots of it.  This breaded and baked zucchini recipe will leave you wishing you had an overabundance of zucchini year-round.

While I’m a fan of “all things in moderation,” I don’t fry food in my kitchen.  It’s not my thing.

My breaded and baked zucchini recipe is so delicious that it will make you forget about fried zucchini altogether.

Panko bread crumbs are included in the breading to help achieve a crispy texture.  And baking these breaded zucchini slices at 4oo degrees F will make them golden brown on the outside and soft on the inside.

I’ve been making this breaded and baked zucchini recipe for years.  I remember baking it in the little third floor apartment my husband and I shared when I was finishing my Ph.D.  Ah, memories.

Serve up this recipe to dinner guests as an appetizer.  It would be great before some slow cooker sausage spinach tomato soup or a grilled pizza with Italian toppings.

It’s so easy to throw together this breaded and baked zucchini that you can even treat yourself to a freshly-baked batch for lunch.  I was home all day on Monday and made myself this gorgeous plate.

Breaded and Baked Zucchini from @kellymcnelis

I may or may not have eaten all of the zucchini in one sitting.

Don’t judge.

Here’s the recipe so you can try some yourself.

Breaded and Baked Zucchini Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 large zucchini
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup Panko seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded (please shred your own!)
  • salt, to taste (I like salty food so I use 1/2 teaspoon.)

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Wash and slice your zucchini into slices that are about 1/4″ thick.

Breaded and Baked Zucchini - sliced

3. Combine Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, Panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and salt, and set aside.

(Is it wrong that I just want to jump in and swim around in there?)

Breaded and Baked Zucchini - breading

4. Dip the zucchini slices into the egg wash and then into the breadcrumb mixture.

Breaded and Baked Zucchini - egg

Pack on as much breading as you can.

Breaded and Baked Zucchini - breaded

5. Place zucchini in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

Breaded and Baked Zucchini - pan

6. Flip zucchini over, and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

(At this point, you’re kitchen is starting to smell pretty awesome.)

Breaded and Baked Zucchini - flip

7. Remove from oven.

Breaded and Baked Zucchini - cooked

Nitty-Gritty Directions (without pics)

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Wash and slice your zucchini into slices that are about 1/4″ thick.
  3. Combine Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, Panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and salt, and set aside.
  4. Dip the zucchini slices into the egg wash and then into the breadcrumb mixture.
  5. Place zucchini in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Flip zucchini over, and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven.

Serve with your favorite spaghetti sauce for dipping.

Breaded and Baked Zucchini

I added a squirt of ranch dressing.  I like to live dangerously.

(Afterall, I’m a Pittsburgh girl.  We believe everything is better with ranch dressing.  And french fries.)

Breaded and Baked Zucchini - with ranch

Looking for other ways to use fresh zucchini?

Check out my ‘Easy & Health Slow Cooker Recipes’ Cookbook.  The Garden Vegetable Soup is my 2-year-old’s favorite recipe and includes a whole zucchini.  The Zucchini “Lasagna” recipe calls for two large zucchinis and is so delicious you won’t even miss the pasta.  YUM.

I’ll also be sharing a recipe for BBQ Chicken Foil Packs (with zucchini and broccoli) next week, so stay tuned!

Tell me: What’s your favorite thing to make with zucchini?

 

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