Note from The Thrifty Couple: This is a guest post by a long-time childhood friend of Cassie’s. She has written a couple of posts on our site before including her very cool greenhouse and gardening ideas. She’s on a very restricted diet and makes some amazing things that all can enjoy, even with the restrictions! Enjoy!
Is your garden already brimming with zucchini? It seems like every year I over-estimate how much zucchini I want and plant a row full of plants, only to get burned out on it before summer’s end. I then have to decide if I’m going to shred and freeze it all, or toss it out for the chickens to eat.
Recently I discovered one of my family’s favorite ways of eating zucchini: fried zucchini. It’s simple and easy, goes with any meal. As a side dish or tasty snack it never seems to get old. And, best of all, it fits my current eating restrictions perfectly: gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg free!
First, pick zucchinis. Any size will work. I try to pick them while they are small. Rinse them off, and cut. Cutting them lengthwise means less cutting, so that’s what I usually do.
Then, sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper. This draws the juice out so that the flour sticks perfectly.
Put a few tablespoons of oil in your skillet, and heat so that it will sizzle. I always use Extra Virgin Olive Oil in my cast iron skillet, but you could use whatever oil you like to fry in.
As soon as your skillet is ready, dip your zucchini seasoned with salt & pepper in flour.
I use Bob’s Red Mill’s Gluten-Free flour, but you should be able to use whatever flour you are used to using. Note from The Thrifty Couple: you can also use The Best Ever Homemade Gluten-Free Flour too!
Drop the flour-covered zucchini sticks in to the hot oil and fry. After a few minutes gently try to lift and flip the sticks. If the zucchini isn’t sticking to the skillet, turn and fry the other side. Turn again if you need to. Remove when they are brown and beginning to stiffen.
Serve with Ranch dressing, or eat plain like I do!
You can use this same basic recipe for preparing almost any type of squash.
Hope you enjoy this refreshing and easy way to prepare zucchini from your garden – from plant to fork in less than 30 minutes!
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