In my ongoing quest to find creative ways to make veggies more interesting to the munchkin, I came across a post on Itty Bitty Bistro for Zucchini Nuggets. They sounded very similar to the Cheddar-Broccoli Sticks that were a huge hit, so I thought I’d give them a try. The biggest difference is that they were pan fried instead of baked. They ended up having a very different consistency – softer and more moist, but I thought they were delicious – better than the Cheddar-Broccoli sticks in fact! On the first try the munchkin seemed to disagree, but on the second try I remembered that she is more willing to eat new foods off a fork than with her fingers (odd, but true), and she ate a few bites this way. It remains to be seen if these become a favorite, but even if they don’t for the munchkin, these are something I will be very happy to eat!
adapted from Itty Bitty Bistro
3 small zucchini, grated (by hand or with a food processor)
2 cups coarse fresh bread crumbs (I just buzzed a few slices of whole wheat bread in the food processor)
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used cheddar)
In a large bowl, combine zucchini, bread crumbs, flour, eggs, and cheese.
Preheat a pan with enough canola oil to thinly coat the bottom over medium heat. Take a spoonful of the zucchini mixture (I used my 3 tablespoon scoop, although these would work well a little bit smaller, too) and roll into a ball. Flatten into a patty shape and place in the hot pan, repeating until the pan is full without overcrowding. Cook approximately 3-4 minutes on each side until golden. Cook the rest of the mixture in batches, adding more oil as needed.
Makes 16 patties