Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Zucchini Circles Recipe from CLOBBERED BY CAMEMBERT

In Clobbered by Camembert, Charlottes visits her grandparents when she needs a little down time and feedback on the crime she is trying to solve. The twins are there, too, helping Pepere build an aquarium.

While Charlotte talks to her grandfather (with the twins inserting their two cents) Grandmere offers to make a quickie snack before the twins have to run off to their vocal rehearsal. It turns out the snack is one of Charlotte's favorites: Zucchini Circles. She salivates in expectation.

Now sometimes people ask me how I am like Charlotte, or vice versa, and it turns out that she and I share this same love of fried zucchini. I remember years ago going to a restaurant called Hamburger Hamlet and sharing these little morsels with my stepdaughter. We would play backgammon and snack and I would learn what she was going on in her life. These were special moments for us, and fried zucchini will always be part of that memory.

BY THE WAY, they are fabulous dipped in sweet jammy sauces or just plain. And a glass of sauvignon blanc (for me, not my stepdaughter who was about anywhere from twelve to sixteen), added just the right balance.

Now that I eat gluten-free, I make these my way, without using regular flour, and they turn out just the same. So enjoy!


(serves two)

3 Tablespoons oil
¼ cup bread crumbs (I used Gluten-free corn crumbs)
¼ cup grated Parmesan for recipe
¼ cup grated Parmesan for garnish
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 egg
1 large zucchini


Slice zucchini into round slices.
Stir egg in a bowl.
Pour crumbs and ¼ cup Parmesan into a pie tin and mix with seasonings.
Heat oil in a skillet on high.  As it heats, drop zucchini circles into egg.  Remove from egg and roll in the cheese crumb mixture. 

REDUCE heat to medium and lay in all the zucchini slices.  Let brown about 2-3 minutes.  Using tongs, flip.  Let brown on the other side, 2-3 minutes or as crispy as you like.

Remove from plate.  Set on serving dish.  Top with grated Parmesan.

Serve immediately, as side dish or appetizer.


Health benefits of zucchini: 
Helps in the cure of asthma, as it is packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants.
Its nutrients also contain lutein, good for the eyes.
Zucchin is also packed with magnesium and phosphorous, which is good for building and maintaining healthy bones.
Zucchini's nutrients helps against the fight of colon cancer.
Zucchini is high in water content and low in calories.

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  1. My father-in-law used to make a delicious fried zucchini appetizers, though the zuke was cut into sticks instead of rounds. This looks delicious--will have to try it!

    1. Lucy, yes, these work just the same as sticks. Also tasty!


  2. This sounds wonderful. As I've said before one of my boys is a very picky eater and trying to get vegetables in him, is like trying to pull teeth. I like that it's a gluten free snack. While I don't have problems with gluten, I do have friends who do and I like to have tasty options to serve whenever they visit.

    1. Booklady, I remember your boys being picky. We've suggested dumping lots of veggies into a red pasta sauce, right? And putting zucchini in a sweet bread (like banana bread) works, too!


  3. Perfect timing! My vegetarian daughter is coming home for Spring Break Friday. Woo-hoo! I have a new snack to offer her! Thanks!

    1. Julie, great. I hope your veggie daughter is enjoying college! How's mom doing? :)


    2. So far, so good... talk to me next year when she's studying abroad... Yipes!

  4. Say no more. I'm getting zucchinis and parmesan and going to make these!

    1. Harvee, I'm thrilled to bring you a new recipe. Love the doggie pic Avatar.


  5. I'm aggravated that I didn't buy zucchini at the store yesterday!

    ~ Krista

    1. The nicest thing about zucchini is it is available year round. And in the summer, it might possibly be the easiest thing in the world to grow.


  6. Gathered zucchini recipes for neighbor, but then his whole crop died. Is this possible?

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