Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
8 servings (serving size: 6 zucchini sticks and 1/4 cup sauce)

Crunchy breaded zucchini spears are delicious dipped in a summery sauce of roasted red peppers. The sauce is a zesty embellishment for grilled meats, too.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat broiler.

Step 2

To prepare sauce, cut bell peppers in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place bell pepper halves and tomatoes, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten bell peppers with hand. Broil 10 minutes or until blackened. Place in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 15 minutes. Peel and coarsely chop, reserving any liquid.

Step 3

Combine bell peppers, reserved liquid, tomatoes, and next 8 ingredients (through garlic) in a blender or food processor; process until smooth.

Step 4

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 5

To prepare zucchini, cut 1 zucchini in half crosswise; cut each half lengthwise into 8 wedges. Repeat procedure with remaining zucchini. Combine breadcrumbs, panko, cheese, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and black pepper in a shallow dish. Dip zucchini in egg substitute; dredge in breadcrumb mixture. Place zucchini on a wire rack coated with cooking spray. Lightly coat zucchini with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately with sauce.

Ratings & Reviews

PinkFlamingo's Review

June 26, 2014
Made these without the sauce. Had no taste at all.

Renee5732's Review

June 25, 2014
Awesome! Crunchy, flavorful, light, I like them better than fried.

dawnt77's Review

February 05, 2014
I just did seasoned flour 1st then an egg with a little milk then some plain bread crumbs. Crunchy and great

harbzz's Review

August 30, 2012

jmachota's Review

July 20, 2012

KKB613's Review

June 17, 2012
This is a wonderful, healthy alternative to deep fried squash!. I just beat two eggs instead of the egg substitute. And I used marinara as the dipping sauce because I don't care for roasted red peppers. It's really pretty easy. And yes, you put your wire rack on top of a cookie sheet and put the zucchini on the wire, and into the oven it goes.

arytoo's Review

April 20, 2012

brittypaige's Review

January 25, 2012
sorry, i'm confused... haven't made this, but want to. only thing: what does it mean to put it on a wire rack and bake??? like a cookie cooling rack??? you can put that in the oven?? can anyone clear this up for me... i'm not understanding something.

alissaj0454's Review

December 30, 2011
My husband and I did not have success with these. The breading didn't stay on and they weren't crisp at all. They weren't bad, I just don't think I would do it again given all of the work. It is very labor intensive.

DenverGal's Review

cookin in pgh
March 19, 2011
This did not come out like I had hoped. My guests liked it, but I thought it was just so-so.