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Mmm, scrumptious! 9 years later and it’s still a crowd-pleaser! I’m always getting requests to bring this dish

Zucchini Garlic Bites: A Delicious and Versatile Appetizer

Ever find yourself with a bumper crop of zucchinis and not a clue what to do with them all? Trust me, I’ve been there! Last summer, my garden zucchinis were practically taking over the kitchen counter. That’s when I decided to get a little creative and came up with these golden, garlicky bites of heaven—Zucchini Garlic Bites. Not only are they a scrumptious way to sneak some veggies into your menu, but they’re also perfect for those days when you need a quick appetizer or a side to jazz up your main dish.

These bites are oh-so-versatile. Pop them on a platter with a tangy marinara sauce for dipping and watch them disappear at your next get-together. They also pair brilliantly with a crisp green salad or alongside a cozy spaghetti dinner. Want to make it a meal? Serve them with grilled chicken or fish for that extra protein punch.

Ingredients

What You’ll Need

To make these delicious Zucchini Garlic Bites, gather the following ingredients:

  • 2 medium zucchinis, grated
  • 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil (for frying)

Instructions

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Prep the Zucchini

Start by wringing out the excess moisture from your grated zucchini with a clean kitchen towel—this is the secret to getting those bites extra crispy.

Step 2: Mix the Ingredients

In a large bowl, mix the dry zucchini with grated Parmesan, flour, minced garlic, beaten egg, dried basil, dried oregano, and a pinch of salt and pepper until well combined.

Step 3: Form the Patties

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. While the skillet warms, form the zucchini mixture into small patties.

Step 4: Fry the Patties

Once the oil is hot, fry the patties in batches until they turn a lovely golden brown, which should take about 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Step 5: Drain and Serve

Transfer the cooked bites onto a paper towel-lined plate to absorb any extra oil. Serve hot and crispy!

Variations & Tips

Customizing Your Zucchini Garlic Bites

Gluten-Free Option

For a gluten-free option, swap out the all-purpose flour for almond or coconut flour.

Cheese Substitute

If you’re looking to cut back on cheese, a nutritional yeast substitute can give you a similar cheesy flavor.

See also  CREAM CHEESE BROWNIES

Fresh Herbs

Got some fresh herbs in the garden? Chop ’em up and throw ’em in! Fresh basil and oregano will elevate this dish to new heights.

Spice It Up

Make it a full-blown fiesta in a bite by adding a dash of cumin and swapping Parmesan for pepper jack cheese.

Meal Prep

These bites reheat well, so make a double batch and have them on hand throughout the week!

Tips for Perfect Bites

The real key to these savory nibbles is ensuring you squeeze that moisture out of the zucchini. That way, you’ll achieve the perfect bite that’s crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Happy cooking, friends!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I bake the Zucchini Garlic Bites instead of frying them?

Yes, you can bake these bites for a healthier option. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and place the patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway through, until golden and crispy.

How do I store leftover Zucchini Garlic Bites?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat them in the oven or on the stovetop to maintain their crispiness.

Can I freeze the Zucchini Garlic Bites?

Absolutely! Once cooked and cooled, place the bites on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container. Reheat from frozen in the oven or air fryer until hot and crispy.

What dipping sauces go well with these bites?

Marinara sauce is a classic choice, but you can also try ranch dressing, garlic aioli, or even a spicy sriracha mayo for a kick.

Are there other vegetables I can use in this recipe?

Yes, you can substitute or add other grated vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, or even corn for a different flavor profile. Just make sure to squeeze out any excess moisture.

Can I make the mixture ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the mixture a few hours ahead and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook the bites. This can save time when you’re preparing for a gathering or meal.

By following these steps and tips, you’ll create delicious, crispy Zucchini Garlic Bites that are sure to become a favorite in your household. Enjoy!