If we asked what your go-to appetizer is at Maggiano’s, chances are you may say our Crispy Zucchini Fritté was at the top of your list. Zucchini season is among us and what better way to eat with the season than to try this recipe. From our table to yours, enjoy!
Yields 12-15 pieces
1 ½ lbs zucchini, 7-8” in length
6-8 oz soda water
½ cup all purpose flour
4 Tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp Kosher salt
¼ tsp black pepper, ground
¼ tsp granulated garlic
¼ tsp oregano
3-4 cups Japanese breadcrumbs, Panko
1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp Romano cheese
½ tsp chopped parsley
1 lemon, cut into quarters
Wash zucchini and drain well.
Place on a cutting board, remove minimal amount off both ends and discard.
Cut by hand or on a slicer and slice into ¼” thick slices lengthwise.
Place soda water into a stainless steel mixing bowl.
Combine flour, cornstarch, ½ tsp kosher salt, pepper, oregano, granulated garlic, and add to soda water 1 cup at a time, incorporating with a whisk – do not over-mix. Batter should be the consistency of thin pancake batter – thin out if necessary with soda water.
Dip each individual slice of zucchini in batter & allow batter to briefly drip off zucchini.
Then dip zucchini in to Japanese Breadcrumbs, pressing into crumbs to coat well on both sides.
Place onto a small sheet tray or baking tray lined with paper towels, and do not overlap. Dust the zucchini with the remaining Japanese breadcrumbs.
Place the breaded zucchini into 350° deep fryer for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Place zucchini onto a napkin lined sheet tray and lightly dust evenly with Kosher Salt, Parmesan Cheese, and Romano Cheese.
Garnish with lemon wedge and chopped parsley.
Looking for the perfect accompaniment to your Crispy Zucchini Fritté? Look for our Lemon Aioli recipe soon!
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