One of my all time favorite appetizers at a Greek tavern are kolokythakia tiganita (fried zucchini) with tzatziki for dipping. I generally don’t fry that much at home, and if you don’t either, you can enjoy these by baking them.
When baking sometimes you need some extra ingredients to add more taste and a crust. So I crushed regular Greek rusks this time (I will try crushed barley Cretan rusks next time), panko can also work well. Don’t use very fine breadcrumbs because they will not make a nice crust. I added herbs typically used in the traditional zucchini patties such as mint, parsley and dill. Also a touch of parmesan will help form the crust.
These make a nice side dish or an appetizer, but they must be served right away otherwise the may get soggy.
Greek Style Baked Zucchini Chips
- 3 large zucchini about 7-8 inches (20 cm)
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup hard dry breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan
- 1 tablespoon chopped mint
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- 2 teaspoons chopped dill
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven at 450 degrees F (230 degrees Celsius)
- Wash zucchini and cut in 1/4 of an inch (about 1/2 cm) slices.
- Place zucchini in a large bowl and add the olive oil. Mix well so that all the slices are covered with the olive oil.
- In another bowl mix the breadcrumbs, parmesan, mint, parsley, dill, salt and pepper.
- Cover a large pan with aluminum foil and brush with a bit of olive oil (I dab a napkin with some olive oil and spread it on the pan).
- Dip each zucchini slice in the breadcrumb mixture, pressing so that the bread crumbs stick and place on the pan in 1 layer.
- Bake for about 30 minutes.
- Serve right away accompanied by some Greek yogurt or tzatziki to get the "Greek Taverna" effect.
SAVE FOR LATER AND PIN IT!
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