It was a delicious day in the kitchen working on appetizer recipes for the Super Bowl with Parmesan & Herb Zucchini Sticks as the next recipe highlight. Crispy coating, fragrant herbs, tender zucchini, and rich marinara create a fabulous vegetable delivery system. Baked to crunchy perfection, Parmesan & Herb Zucchini Sticks are a healthy alternative to fried mozzarella sticks on your party table.
Variations of this recipe are all over the Internet, however, there is technique included here to take this to a whole new level of crispy-from-the-oven goodness. First, we take care of the extra moisture in the zucchini, which can wilt the best of breadcrumb intentions. Next, the olive oil is lightly mixed into the breadcrumbs and herbs to not only help it crisp in the oven, but also keep the herbs and seasoning evenly suspended in the breadcrumbs rather than settling in the bottom of the bowl. Finally, it’s baked on a cooling rack set over a pan so the heat can circulate on every side, which eliminates the need to turn the sticks while baking too.
I ate half of what I made before plating them for photos, wondering how cold the remaining pieces would be by the time I was done (ready to finish them off). So, 20 minutes later when they were done modeling for me, I put them back in the oven to rewarm for lunch and they were as perfectly crisp as when I first took them out of the oven. Yes, I ate a dozen of these delicious zuccs and don’t feel a bit guilty.
Panko breadcrumbs are a must here; the texture is just not the same with regular crumbs. Serve them hot from the oven with your favorite marinara sauce or creamy ranch dressing; just don’t be surprised if you can’t stop eating them.
Adapted from Aggies Kitchen’s Baked Parmesan Zucchini Sticks
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