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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Recipe: Panko Breaded Zucchini with Heirloom Tomato

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Vegetable Prep

The zucchini and heirloom tomatoes start rolling into the garden quickly. A great recipe is to vary breaded zucchini dishes or substitute with eggplant.  I showed you one recipe for a lighter breaded batter. This batter is a pretty standard thicker preparation.

See above pictures for cutting directions.

Dip the zucchini in egg that is seasoned with salt and pepper. Coat it in flour and dip it in the egg again. The zucchini then gets breaded heavily in Panko breadcrumbs. They are unseasoned.  You will season them in the frying pan.

Seasoning

Making the seasoning...  In a bowl mix equal parts of sea salt and pepper. Enough to add a pinch or two on each side of the breaded zucchini. Then add a dash or two of onion powder and a dash or two of garlic powder. Taste it. If you like it stop, if not add in more onion powder and/or garlic powder to taste.

Frying

Fry each side of the breaded zucchini in a lightly oiled pan. Just enough oil to keep the bread crumbs coated. About 4-5 minutes on each side on a setting of 7 out of 10 on an electric stove or equivalent. Set your oven to 375 degrees for baking when you begin frying.

Season each side to taste with a pinch or two of season as you fry them.

Baking

Bake for 20 to 30 minutes to choice of tenderness. Your zucchini won't be overly soft frying it this way. The baking will soften it up and its when you add the cheese and tomato. I prefer my zucchini to be a bit more firm rather than totally soft.

Place the zucchini in a baking pan and put a tomato on each piece. Add the cheese with 10-15 minutes baking time left and a pinch of of seasoning. I recommended a combination of mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese.

Panko Breaded Zucchini with Heirloom Tomato - The Rusted Garden Blog
Panko Breaded Zucchini with Heirloom Tomato - The Rusted Garden Blog