How on earth have I not posted any sides on this blog?! Probably because we’re usually pretty boring when it comes to sides… Quinoa, couscous, frozen sweet potato fries, simple salads… Nothing that requires much work. In an effort to incorporate more veggies into our meals, I figured some cheese-covered zucchini would be a great place to start 😜 But really, these are a tasty addition to any meal. I recommend chopping your zucchini into smaller sticks than I did to get them nice and crispy, otherwise they were fantastic!
2 medium or 1 large zucchini, cut into small sticks
1 cup flour
1 tsp garlic powder
2 large eggs, beaten
Splash of olive oil
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup Italian cheese blend
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning (optional)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large, shallow dish, combine the flour and garlic. In another shallow dish or bowl, beat the eggs and add a splash of olive oil. Finally, in a large ziplock bag, combine the panko, cheese, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning (if using). Line them up in that order, with a baking sheet covered in foil at the end. I like to use a cooling rack fitted on to the sheet to help air circulate all over without having to flip my fries over halfway through cooking. Crispier fries that way!
Keep going until you have a sheet full of these babies. As you can see, some of mine were cut a bit thick and didn’t fully crisp. That’s why I recommend cutting smaller!
Bake for about 20 minutes. Try not to drool at the smell coming from your oven. Try popping them under the broiler for a few if you fancy! I did.
Cool and serve! These would be great with marinara sauce, but we didn’t have any on hand and were having them with black bean burgers. Also a delicious combo, and meatless if you’re looking for that kind of meal. Enjoy! 😊
Recipe inspired by Pinterest.