Thursday, January 24, 2008

Fried Zucchini

From Everyday Pasta - Giada DeLaurentiis

1 3/4 C freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 C panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
3/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
3 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch strips
Olive oil, for deep frying

Stir 1 1/2 cups of the Parmesan cheese, the panko, and salt together in a medium bowl to blend Whisk the eggs in another medium bowl to break them up. Working in batches, dip the zucchini sticks in the eggs to coat them completely, allowing the excess egg to drip back into the bowl. Coat the zucchini in the panko mixture, patting to adhere and coat completely. Place the coated zucchini strips on a baking sheet.
Heat 2 inches of oil in a large frying pan over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350F. Working in batches, fry the zucchini sticks until they are golden brown, about 3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the fried zucchini to paper towels and drain.
Arrange the fried zucchini on a platter. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese and serve.

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