Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Yield
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

dawnt77
June 26, 2014
Made these without the sauce. Had no taste at all.

Renee5732's Review

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

dawnt77's Review

jemado
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

arytoo
August 30, 2012
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jmachota's Review

RBN1122
July 20, 2012
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KKB613's Review

love2coooook
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

CookingFiance
April 20, 2012
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brittypaige's Review

KKB613
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

jmachota
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.