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By: Enrique Gili on July 2, 2014, 1:38 p.m.
Crispy Zucchini Rounds

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Crispy Zucchini Rounds

Baking instead of frying uses a fraction of the oil, turning a bland vegetable into a tasty side dish.

Prep time: 10 minutes 

Total time: 35 minutes 

Yield: Feeds 2

Crispy Zucchini Rounds


  • 2 medium-sized zucchini, about 1 lb.
  • 1/4 cup panko or break crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • Canola oil
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Rinse and cut zucchini into 1/4 inch rounds.
  3. Combine panko, cheese, seasoning and garlic in large mixing bowl. Add half the zucchini and toss until evenly coated. Repeat with second batch.
  4. Spray two baking sheets with canola oil. Place rounds on baking sheet. Place sheets on top racks and bake for 10 minutes. Flip rounds and rotate sheets to ensure even cooking. Cook about 10 minutes more, or until golden brown. Turn off oven and crack oven door, and allow rounds to cool, about 5 minutes.