Fried Zucchini Sticks

There are recipes that immediately grab your attention, like this one did.  You know right away when the list of ingredients hits all the check marks which says it’s gonna be delicious.  This recipe hails from Mindy’s Meals on Heels.  A site where Mindy aims to to teach parents how to feed their children by making meal time fun and nutritional…now you’re talking my lingo!
3 large zucchini, cut into 3-inch x ½-inch sticks
1¾ cups bread crumbs
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, chopped
zest of ½ a lemon
2 large eggs
¾ cup flour
salt and fresh pepper to taste
vegetable oil for frying

Preheat oven to 200°F.   Mix the breadcrumbs, grated cheese, cayenne, parsley and zest in a bowl.

Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl and set aside. Pour the flour into a third bowl and season with salt and pepper. Line up the three bowls in the following order: flour, egg, seasoned bread crumbs. In batches, coat the zucchini sticks in the flour, then egg then bread crumbs (I placed the flour in a large plastic bag and added all the zucchini sticks at once – shake and remove). Transfer to a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Fill a deep frying pan half-full with vegetable oil and heat over high heat to 350°F (use a cooking thermometer).  You can tell when the oil is hot by adding a breadcrumb.  If it sizzles, the oil is hot enough.  In batches, add the zucchini sticks and cook for 3 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a paper towel lined baking sheet to drain. Keep warm in the oven while frying the remaining zucchini batches. Serve warm.

The Culinary Chase’s Note:  So good!  Eat as is or serve with dipping sauces such as tequila lime salsa, aioli (garlic sauce) or chili sweet sensation by Sizzling Sauces.  Enjoy!