Monday, July 25, 2011

Parmesan Panko Baked Zucchini with Marinara

Parmesan Panko Baked Zucchini with Marinara recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
This is such a fun recipe. I made zucchini sticks years ago and had more or less forgotten about them, until I was staring down more squash this past week. I've made them twice since then and I am likely to make them again before the summer is finished. I've made them with and without the Parmesan (trust me, you want the cheese) and they are delicious. Crisp on the outside and roasted on the inside, just make sure they are fully cooked before you remove them from the oven. Note to self: Check with a fork next time. Having to toss them back in to finish cooking during dinnertime is never fun.

Parmesan Panko Baked Zucchini with Marinara
(printable recipe)

2 large zucchini, sliced into thin sticks and then patted dry
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup panko crumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan, shredded
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
Marinara sauce, warmed

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease a large baking sheet or line with a silpat mat. Slice the zucchini and pat it dry. Combine the crumbs, cheese and seasoning in a small bowl. Sprinkle the zucchini with salt and pepper and then dip in the egg mixture. Press the egg-dipped zucchini into the dry crumbs on all sides, until the zucchini is completely covered in crumbs. Set the breaded zucchini sticks on the baking sheet, skin side down.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the sticks turn golden brown.

23 comments:

  1. OH MY GOD!! These look so amazing. Yum.

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  2. YUMMY!!!! I tried to do these but with Parmesan brad crumbs they were alright but I will need to try them your way! Maggiano's has the best if you are ever going out to eat and what to get some fried zucchini!

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  3. This sounds good :) I have 5 Zucc's waiting to be used!

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  4. Gorgeous! Without a doubt parmesan adds the right touch to these fries! I love the thick cut of zucchni, perfect for dipping!!

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  5. These look fantastic! Can't wait to try them!

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  6. Love that you bake these. What a great recipe - I will have to try this with your marinara. I am thinking the kids will eat these. Great way to use some of the zucchini that we all have these days!

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  7. Oh, these look yummy! I need to get some panko and try them this week.

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  8. Oh my goodness this looks so delicious! I love zucchini and this recipe looks awesome!!

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  9. I love making these - yours look perfect!

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  10. Finger food is always great fun.

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  11. I'm really hoping someone gifts me with zucchini soon! I didn't get any planted this year. It looks wonderful...

    Blessings, Debbie

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  12. it is a great snack with a big bottle of coke =)

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  13. These look perfect with a glass on red wine - am I right?? Love the recipe, I think I'd be popular with guests if I made this one.

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  14. How fun! They look so much like mozzarella sticks that they must be just as delicious!

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  15. Clevermuffin - is there anything that isn't perfect with a glass of wine? ;)

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  16. I have not make these this year yet- glad to find your blog-

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  17. Thank you for this! I know everyone says you can use squash/zuchinni in "everything," but really? Ug. Not always true! My CSA box was chocked full of yellow squash this week. I'm gonna try this.

    I swear, everytime I look at this blog, I want to move in with you. Your family must eat like royalty!

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  18. I fry mine...yours look perfect...and healthy.

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  19. I just made these for dinner. Overall, not bad. I won't cut them into sticks next time though. The breading would not stick to the zucchini and it just slid off and burned to my sheet pan. I think I will just slice rings and top them with the parmesan/bread crumb mix. Definately needed more salt too. They were even hard to salt when cut into sticks.

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    1. Sorry to hear that the breading didn't stick to the squash for you. I'm sure that zucchini rings would be delicious as well and very simple to make. Good luck!

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  20. These were soooo delicious!!!!

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