Summer comes with so many fun foods! I love zucchini because its delish AND cheap! I bought some from the farmers market the other day (and some of zucchini’s cousin, banana squash). Here are two of my fav ways to eat zucchini. (These recipes are interchangable with pretty much any squash.) Also- these are heavily (as in basically exactly) based on recipes from the internet. It was all their idea- just tweaked some things slightly!
Heavily based on Ina Gartners Zucchini Pancakes:
- 1 zucchini. Or 2. Whatever you got.
- 1 egg
- 1/4c flour (I used wheat, but use what ever you want/have!)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, if you’re into that
Pam/1 tbs of butter (The good stuff.)
1. Grate your zucchini. It looks really cool. Some people squeeze the liquid out at this point, I am not “some people.”
2. Beat the egg really good. Add flour, salt, & baking poweder to the egg. Add the zucchini to the egg/flour mixture. Mix it up good!
3. Check it out- does it look thick enough to make pancakes? If not, add a little bit more flour. Like a tablespoon at a time.
4. Heat up your pan to medium/high heat, add some PAM or the butter. Scoop about 1/4c batter and plop it on the hot pan. Cook for a few min on each side. This will depend on how thick your pan is and how much batter you scooped.
I dipped mine in a pesto dipping sauce (2tbs mayo + 2 tsp pesto.) Sour cream or ranch makes for a great dipping sauce too. I also like to make these with carrots instead of squash and add some cinnamon. Garlic or onions would be yummy to add too- the sky is the limit! The best part about these is that they are EXTREMLY forgiving. And easy.
Baked Zucchini Fries
Heavily based on this recipe.
- 2 zucchinis
- 1 egg
- Splash of milk
- 1 cup breadcrumbs (I just used plain ol’ bread crumbs. Other people used Panko.)
- Salt & Pepper
- Pam/Non stick spray
1. Preheat your oven to 425*.
2. Chop up your zucchinis so they look like fries.
3. Beat your egg really well. No chunky yolks! While you’re beating, add a splash of milk.
4. Pam a cookie sheet
5. Create your assembly line- zucchini sticks, egg mix bowl, bread crumb bowl, cookie sheet.
6. Dip your zucchini in the egg mix, then the bread crumb poql, and then arrange on the cookie sheet. Sprinkle on the salt & pepper over the fries. (If touching raw eggs grosses you out, you could do zip lock bags instead of bowl and shake the bread crumbs on. Either way you’re going to touch it a little bit.)
7. Bake the fries for 6-8 minutes and then flip them over. Bake for another 6-8. Next time, I would let my bake a little longer so they got crispier.
Also, there are 10,000 million billion other delicious recipes on the internet. I thought this was a cool collection of zucchini recipes. Also, I think these sound delicious. Especially if you like bacon. (PS: If you don’t like bacon? Why? Like who are you?)