Yesterday, I opened the front door to find a bag of zucchini sitting on my doorstep. Have I mentioned that I have my own over-productive vegetable patch which is, by the way, clearly seen through my back fence? So, leaving more zucchini on my doorstep is like playing a cruel, vegetable-overload-induced game of Nikki Nikki nine doors (or ding-dong ditch, Knocky nine doors, chappy, bobby knock, ding dong dash, or pinpon dash, depending on where you grew up.) You know, the game you used to play as a child, when you rang someone’s doorbell and ran away. The last time I was presented with this many zucchini, I made Zucchini Latkes with Yogurt-Curry Sauce. This time, I adapted a feta sauce recipe from Gourmet Magazine and baked some simply breaded zucchini pieces. If you prefer a more traditional fried taste, feel free to deep-fry. I guarantee they will be just as good. Either way, the feta and roasted red pepper dipping sauce turns this simple appetizer or side dish into something special.
1/4 cup sour cream,
If you’re unsure how to roast a bell pepper, check out my tutorial.
The zucchini fries:
Cut 3 medium zucchini lengthwise into 2-inch-long and 1/4-inch-thick pieces.
In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup bread crumbs, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. If I hadn’t run out of panko breadcrumbs, I would have used them rather than regular ones. Their crunch is unmatched in the breadcrumb world!
Working with several zucchini pieces at a time (I figured this out after I took the photos – I would have been there all night!), dredge the zucchini in the flour, shaking off the excess. Dip the zucchini in the egg mixture and then place the pieces in the bread crumbs, covering completely.
Serve the fries with the dipping sauce.
Baked Zucchini Fries with Feta & Roasted Red Pepper Dipping Sauce