Tuesday, July 27, 2010

*Panko Crusted Zucchini and Buitoni

Zucchini part trois

Don't ask me when I became french.. I took french 1 in 9th grade... I learned how to say Je m'appelle Yvette, my name is... (Yvette was my "name" in french class for the semester). Ya, that is about all I got from that class really..

You may remember me mentioning that I joined Foodbuzz, which is a neat community for food bloggers (if you don't remember, check out This post). Joining Foodbuzz has allowed me to find and read some very exciting and fun blogs!! The tastemaker program is offered by foodbuzz, it allows you to try samples or products! It's pretty neat! I signed up for it and received a coupon for a Buitoni product, I chose the Shrimp & Lobster Ravioli with Garlic Butter Sauce. I decided to make panko crusted zucchini to go with it (hey, I gotta get that zucchini used up!!)

The Zucchini is very easy!

You will need:
Zucchini (cut into slices)
flour
2 eggs
a splash of milk
Salt
Pepper
Italian seasoning
Panko bread crumbs
Oil

Simply pour some oil in your frying pan, wait until it becomes hot (drip a little bit of water in, if it starts bubbling your oil is hot!). Beat your egg in a bowl, add a splash of milk (maybe 1/8 cup or so). Add salt, pepper, and Italian seasonings, Beat some more.

On one plate pour some flour (add more seasonings), on a second plate pour some panko bread crumbs. cover zucchini in flour, shake off excess, dip and cover in eggs, then cover with bread crumbs. Place zucchini (carefully) in your frying pan, flip when golden brown, and remove from pan when the other side in browned. Wait till they cool down, and then, enjoy them!!

The Buitoni ravioli's were very easy to prepare. Boil some water, put the sauce pack in to the water, add the ravioli's, then drain. Toss the ravioli's with the sauce. Easy Peasy!! I tried a piece of Ravioli by itself, it had nice big chunks of shrimp in it, and the flavor was very great. The sauce, when I tried it by itself, I wasn't very impressed by it. It tasted alright, but it wasn't amazing. However, after following the rest of the instructions (tossing the pasta and sauce together) and having a bite together, the sauce played nicely with the Shrimp and Lobster. The dish was tasty! And, it is something that would be nice to have in the freezer for those nights when you just don't feel like cooking!!



And, after a Zucchini Bread, Chocolate Zucchini Cake, Grilled Zucchini (2x), and Fried Zucchini.. I STILL had some left over, so..the only thing left to do.. throw the rest in the food processor, strain it, bag it in 1 cup portions and freeze it!! Now later in the year I will be able to make bread and cake any time I want!!



What are some dishes you make with your zucchini??

Happy Eating!!
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4 comments:

  1. Fried zucchini is my favorite way to eat it! So delicious with the ravioli! I make fritters or ratatouille pasta with mine and would like to bake with it too, something I haven't done yet. Good idea to freeze it!

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  2. My husband does not like zucchini so I don't get it much. However I steam and purée it with a splash of balsamic for my 9 month old and he loves it. I see more zucchini recipes in my future. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Looks delicious! What a great use for zucchini! I made zucchini pancakes recently and am pretty convinced zucchini is great in anything :)

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  4. Cinnamon Girl, I have been thinking that zucchini fritters would be tasty! Do you have a recipe for that on your blog?

    Nicole, Below is a recipe for Chocolate Zucchini, try it! My boyfriend doesn't like zucchini, and he really likes that cake!! (I didn't tell him zucchini was in it before he tried it! sneaky!)

    Serendipity, AGREED!!

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