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Parmesan & Herb Zucchini Sticks

Baked to crunchy perfection, Parmesan & Herb Zucchini Sticks are a healthy alternative to fried mozzarella sticks on your party table.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time27 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 32 pieces
Calories: 29kcal
Author: Judy Purcell

Ingredients

  • 2 medium zucchini -- cut into 1/2" inch sticks
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 whole eggs -- whisked
  • 3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs -- unseasoned
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan or Romano cheese -- grated
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°.
  • Trim the ends of the zucchini and then cut into 1/2" sticks by first cutting it in half and then cutting each half into 8 4"sticks per half. Lay zucchini out on a sheet of paper towels and sprinkle cut edges with salt. Let rest 10-15 minutes to allow salt to draw out excess moisture.
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  • Whisk egg in a shallow bowl until blended. If you have a mortar and pestle, crush the dried oregano, thyme, and basil leaves to release fragrant oils.
  • Mix bread crumbs, cheese, herbs, garlic, salt and pepper in another shallow bowl. Drizzle with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil to lightly moisten breading, mixing thoroughly with a spoon until all the bread crumbs are lightly oiled and the same consistency.
  • The breading should still be light and fluffy like a bread crumb topping, not soggy.
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  • Once the zucchini has released some of its liquid, blot with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
  • Dip each zucchini stick in egg and then roll in the bread crumbs, gently pressing the breading onto the zucchini. Place on a rack-lined baking sheet or on a parchment lined baking sheet.
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  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. If using parchment, turn zucchini half way through the baking time. Serve with marinara sauce or ranch dressing.

Notes

I consider an 8" x 1 1/2" zucchini to be a medium, ideal size. When cut in half it will provide 4" long sticks.

Nutrition

Calories: 29kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 41mg | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 2.2mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 0.3mg