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By Teeny McMunn
The Times 

TEENY MCMUNN: MY RECIPE BOX

Zucchini Fries

 

August 3, 2017

I saw this recipe on one of those videos on Facebook that makes you think you can do it all in 30 seconds. It's the season for zucchini and I had one that must have been on steroids so I decided to make them. I had Panko and the parmesan cheese, had bought the garlic powder for another recipe (expensive), so was good to go.

The Facebook recipe showed a dip to use. Most dips I don't care for because they have sour cream or cream cheese in them. I figured I didn't need a dip anyway, they looked so good, but changed my mind. I googled this recipe for the dip and found one that sounded good. I also found a different version.* The dry mixture can vary according to taste. I didn't make the dip, to be honest, and cheated with ready to make Caesar dressing.

INGREDIENTS:

2 eggs, well beaten, and add to a flat pan

1 c. Panko

½ c. Parmesan cheese (in a jar)

1 tsp basil

1 tsp salt

1 Tbsp garlic powder

Add all of the dry ingredients to another flat pan.

Cut zucchini at about 3 inch increments, then cut each in half, then again in about 5 pieces. You should end up with sticks

Dip each in the egg mixture, then in the Panko mixture, place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.

SWEET ONION DIP

1 Tbsp butter

1 medium sweet onion, peeled and sliced

2 Tbsp cider vinegar

2 Tbsp honey

1 Tbsp prepared mustard

1 c. mayonnaise

Salt and pepper to taste

Melt the butter in a medium frying pan, and add sliced onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions soften, then caramelize, about 10 to 15 minutes. Lower heat will take longer, but less likely to burn the onions.

Remove from heat, and add vinegar. Place the onions and vinegar into a small food processor. Add the honey and mustard, and process or blend until smooth.

Add mayonnaise, salt and pepper to taste, stirring to combine. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve

MY NOTES: Joe thought I was dipping the sticks in butter instead of eggs! I found I left them in the oven longer as to get good and brown. They are a bit messy to make, but when I used up all the panko mix, it made two cookie sheets full. I think kids could help with this and have fun doing so, and if you call them 'fries" they'll be more apt to eat them.

I used only one teaspoon of garlic powder because I wasn't paying attention. A tablespoon, like recipe calls for, would have given them more flavor. *Another recipe called for pizza flavoring to be added. Oh, and by the way, on the last few I sliced the zucchini into rounds and it worked just fine, if you don't want to mess with the "fry" idea,

This is a good recipe for kids, for get-togethers, and for a side dish.

ENJOY

 

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