Baked Zucchini Fries and Bloomin’ Onion Dip

Zucchini's are normally in overabundance in our garden, but this year we've had so much rain the garden isn't doing so great, so I've been really nervous about having any food from the garden. This was our first zucchini, and my mom used half of it for another recipe. So I cut this recipe in half to account for how much zucchini I had and how much dip I would need.

Surprisingly this still made a lot, I add them for lunch and my dad had some too.


-1 tablespoon butter
-1 medium sweet onion, about 1/2 pound, peeled and sliced
-2 tablespoons cider vinegar
-2 tablespoons honey
-1 tablespoon prepared mustard
-1 cup mayonnaise
-salt and pepper to taste

Zucchini sticks
-3 medium zucchini, unpeeled, cut into 3"-long stick
-1 tablespoon salt
-1 cup coarse, panko bread crumbs
-scant 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
-1 tablespoon McCormick Vegetable Seasoning
-A pinch of cayenne, or more to taste
-olive oil spray
-2 large eggs, beaten
Cut your zucchini into uniform-ish pieces.
Sprinkle with salt which helps to sweat out all of the excess moisturizer.
Drain in a colander in the sink for over an hour.

Meanwhile, make the dip. Melt the butter in a skillet, saute the onions in the skillet until golden brown and caramelized. In a blender, mix together the caramelized onions, cider vinegar, honey and mustard. Once well blended, mix in the mayo.

Mix together the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, vegetable seasoning and cayenne pepper.

Dry off the water which has come off of the zucchini sticks. 

Dip each piece into the egg mixture, and then coat in breadcrumbs mixture.
Bake at 425 for twelve minutes, take out of the oven and flip, bake twelve more minutes.
Serve with the dip.

I really enjoy fried zucchini and this recipe was a great twist on zucchini. The bloomin' onion dip tasted just like a bloomin' onion, I was pleasantly surprised. These are best eaten right out of the oven and the dip would be really good on sandwiches. Hopefully there will be more zucchini recipes soon.


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