Fun facts you may not have known about zucchini…
- One zucchini has just 25 calories (compared to a baked potato, for example, which has 130 calories).
- The flower of the zucchini plant is also edible, I personally have never tried it. You never know… it may be just as good.
- A zucchini has more potassium than a banana.
- The word zucchini comes from ‘zucca,’ the Italian word for squash.
- Biggest is NOT best. The most flavorful zucchinis are small- to medium-sized.
The zucchini plant literally grows like a weed, making it found everywhere in vegetable gardens across America. For that reason, cooks all over the world have discovered ways to turn it into muffins, cakes, pancakes, and one of my favorites: baked zucchini sticks.
Baked zucchini sticks are one of my favorite appetizers to make when I have dinner guests over, regular every-night dinner with my family, and girls’ nights. I have even made them for lunch get-togethers. They are perfect for any time of the day. The first time I made them, I felt like I had made enough to feed an army. Ha… I was wrong. They were eaten so fast that the next time I made them, I made twice as much and they still were gone before I even got to eat one. They are very addicting I guess that is not a bad thing.
My friends and family request that I make baked zucchini stinks for any family function or get together with our group of friends. What makes me happiest is that my daughter and husband love them! You can eat them fresh out of the oven, after they have a few minutes to cool, of course. You can eat them just the way they are, you can dip them in ranch, some dip them in thousand island dressing as well. However you choose to eat your zucchini sticks, I can guarantee your first time will not be your last!
This recipe serves 8, but when I make them for dinner parties I usually always at least double it up.
Ingredients to make your addictive baked zucchini sticks:
- 1 small egg
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese
- 1 package of shake & bake coating mix (not the whole box)
- 3 decently-sized zucchinis
- Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees
- Cut the zucchini crosswise in half, then cut each piece into ¼ inch sticks
- Add the Parmesan cheese to coating mix in shaker bag, shake gently to combine
- Whisk egg in a medium size bowl
- Add ¼ of the zucchini, parmesan cheese coating mix and egg, toss to coat
- Use tongs to place coated zucchini on a cooking spray coated baking sheet
- Repeat with remaining zucchini
- Bake for 12-13 minutes, rotating baking sheet after 7 minutes, until zucchini are golden brown, and evenly cooked.