This Week’s Challenge: Zucchini
Rachel challenged me to do something with zucchini. Zucchini is one of those vegetables that no one likes as a kid, but most kids I know love things that are stuffed with cheese, breaded, and fried. You can have some fun with this and use different type of cheese sticks. I know my kids love the mozzarella cheddar twist cheese sticks and I like the jalapeno ones for a slightly more mature version.
Let me know in the comments how you liked the recipe. Also, here is a link to Rachel’s recipe, let me know which you like better: Zucchini Pappardelle with Mushroom Coconut Cream Sauce
Fried Mozzarella Stuffed Zucchini Bites
- 1 large Zucchini Peeled
- 2 Sting Cheese Sticks Get the jalapeno ones if you like it with a little kick
- All Purpose Flour Seasoned with salt and pepper to taste
- 2 Large Eggs Beaten
- Panko Bread Crumbs
- Vegetable Oil for Frying
Using the handle of a wooden spoon bore a hole in center of the zucchini slightly smaller than the cheese sticks.
Insert the cheese sticks on to the hole. It should be a tight fit. Trim the the end of the cheese sticks to fit.
Slice the zucchini in to 1/2 inch rounds.
Dust the zucchini rounds in the flour, then dip them in the egg, and crust them in the panko bread crumbs.
Heat a 1/2 inch of oil in in a frying pan over medium heat. Fry the rounds on each side until golden brown. Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce.
I show this served this with a sriracha mayo, but it would go just as well with a sauce made of crushed tomatoes and Italian seasoning. While this may not be healthiest way to get your kids to eat their veggies, it should be effective and adults will love it. Do you have other secrets for getting your kids to eat their vegetable? Let me know in the comments.