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Asiago Crusted Baked Zucchini Sticks

Posted in Appetizers, Sides by Janet M on June 5, 2010

Zucchini is a very versatile vegetable which is great when gardens are overflowing with zucchini. Sadly, I don’t have a garden, YET.  I have a balcony, still devoid of plant life, but no backyard, courtesy of living in an apartment. I was *this close* to signing up for a shareable backyard garden through Sharing Backyards or the Yes In My Backyard through The Stop Community Food Centre. But my mom convinced me not to do it this year as the backyards were a bit further than in my immediate neighbourhood. Our compromise will be a deep dish herb garden for my balcony. However, zucchinis won’t fit in there. It won’t stop me from buying them, though.

Adapted from Closet Cooking, this is an interesting way to bake zucchini into fries. Zucchini is cut into sticks, coated in egg and dredged in Asiago cheese and (panko) bread crumbs mixed with smoked paprika and oregano. My Asiago cheese was freshly grated and I found it a bit difficult to stick to the zucchini when in a 1:1 ratio with the breadcrumbs, so I diluted it with more bread crumbs which helped. I liked the extra smokey flavour brought by the paprika into the crunchy coating. A bonus for this recipe is that the zucchini is baked, not fried. Perfect as a side, and if you make big pieces, great for dipping into a marinara or tzatziki sauce as a appetizer.

This is my submission to Preeti’s Green Gourmet Event at W’Rite’ Food and my second submission to this week’s Blogger Secret Ingredient event, featuring Paprika, hosted by PreventionRD, and this month’s Side Dish Showdown.

Asiago Crusted Baked Zucchini Sticks

1 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup asiago or parmigiano reggiano cheese, grated)
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp Hungarian smoked sweet paprika
2-3  zucchinis, sliced into sticks (3″ long and 1/2″ thick)  and patted dry
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg, lightly beaten

Directions:
1. Mix the bread crumbs, cheese, oregano and paprika in a bowl.
2. Season the zucchini with salt and pepper.
3. Dip the zucchini in the egg and then dredge in the bread crumb mixture.
4. Place the zucchini on a baking sheet in a single layer with the skin side down.
5. Bake in a preheated 425F oven until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.
6. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.

Serves 4.

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  1. mangocheeks said, on June 5, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    I came over to say Congratulations on winning last months NCR challenge.

    I also came over to have a nosy round. These look lovely. I am waiting for the courgettes in my garden to grow, so may give these a go. I’ve never had Asiago cheese either. Looks like a nice little nibble.

    • Saveur said, on June 5, 2010 at 10:27 PM

      Thanks Mangocheeks! :) You can also use Parmesan if you don’t have Asiago on hand.

  2. Kevin (Closet Cooking) said, on June 6, 2010 at 7:48 AM

    I really like the sound of adding that smoked sweet paprika!

  3. The Food Hunter said, on June 6, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    These look great

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  5. Joanne said, on June 7, 2010 at 6:49 AM

    I’ve made these before and thought they were fantastic! One of my favorite side dishes and the only way I’ve ever really successfully gotten my parents to eat zucchini. Your paprika addition is awesome!

    I want a garden also. So bad. So. Bad.

  6. Kathleen said, on June 8, 2010 at 12:50 AM

    I’m bookmarking these. They sound amazing!

  7. Reeni said, on June 10, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    Thanks for sending these delicious zucchini sticks to the Showdown! I will keep it in mind when zucchini is overflowing from my garden!

  8. Heidi said, on June 22, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    This is on my “To Try” list for sure.

  9. [...] next time I may try this with nutritional yeast and smoked paprika, since I liked that with my Asiago-crusted baked zucchini sticks). I had a bit of leftover crumbs, so you could probably increase the number of [...]


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