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The Misadventures of Mrs. B: Zucchini Sticks with Lemon Dill Dipping Sauce

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Zucchini Sticks with Lemon Dill Dipping Sauce

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I have a confession to make:

I'm addicted to fried zucchini.  It's an ugly, ugly thing.

The pizza shop down the road makes it.  Sometimes that's all I'll get for dinner when we order from there.

And frankly, what I enjoy almost as much as the zucchini is the sauce that comes with it.  Oh, yum.

Finally, it occurred to me that I should try to figure out how to make this myself, only baked instead of fried.  So I did!

One zucchini was cut in half, and then into sticks.

One bowl met two beaten eggs, and a plate met two cups of bread crumbs mixed with salt and pepper.

Sticks were coated and lined up on a greased cookie sheet.  30 minutes later at 375 degrees and they were golden and wonderful!

While the zucchini was baking (and being flipped halfway through the bake time), I made my sauce.

This sauce is epic.  Maybe it's just me, but I really don't think so.  It's all about the sauce.

1 cup of sour cream, 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, 1/2 a lemon (juiced) and 2 teaspoons of dried dill...lordy.

I used a dill mix because, well, that's all I had.  It contains garlic, which is awesome.  If I had garlic powder I would have used that as well.  Oh, and incidentally, I am violently in love with dill so 1 teaspoon might do ya just fine.  But I went with 2.

Now allow me to warn you: This sauce is so good, you'll find yourself making up excuses to use it.  It goes well on boiled potatoes, in case you were wondering.  You'll ask yourself why you don't grill more salmon.

You might even cut up raw veggies to dip.  Even if you never eat raw veggies as a rule except in salad.  It's that powerful.

So see? These zucchini sticks are no longer fried and are leading me towards a life of eating even more vegetables.  They work on so many levels.

I can't believe it.  I managed to healthify a previously fried treat to which I'm addicted.  Go, me!

Give this one a shot - you'll thank me later.


Blessed with Grace



Blogger Tina @ said...

Those look so delicious! I too adore fried zucs. I'm going to try this... great idea for the end of summer when everyone seems to be trying to get rid of zucchini. Thanks for sharing!

April 28, 2010 at 9:47 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

A million times yes to the dill. Im a dill fanatic! Maybe i'll use that sauce in a cold pasta dish. Maybe over a baked potato. Yeah, I said that!

April 28, 2010 at 10:50 PM

Anonymous redkathy said...

Oh c'mon Jen I love dill! Hubby isn't too fond of it though so when I make this sauce it will be all for ME, yummy!

April 29, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Blogger alicia said...

I've never had fried zucchini- ever. Can you believe it? It sounds yummy with the dill though.

It sounds healthy- after all, doesn't the fact that it's a vegetable counteract the fact that it's fried?

April 29, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Blogger mub said...

This really sounds good! I could just eat dill by the spoonful to so the dip looks like something I need to try =D

April 30, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Anonymous Melinda said...

Me thinks its time to get a zucchini plant or two in the garden - those look yummy!

April 30, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Blogger Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Go you is right! This sounds SOOOOOO great. I think I'm going to try making these for dinner tonight. YUMMMM!

May 1, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Blogger Erica said...

Wow!!! I love zucchini and this sounds like a great recipe. Thanks for sharing. :-)

May 2, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Blogger Brian + Cheryl B. said...

"You'll thank me later" - do you watch the show 'Monk'?

My husband and sons aren't that thrilled with dill, so when I make my mom's veggie dill dip, they prefer that I only use half the amount of dill the recipe calls for.

I mentioned this posting to the family and my husband and one son want me make the fried or baked zuchinni sticks!

May 2, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Blogger ~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

I might actually be able to get the family to eat squash with this!

May 3, 2010 at 12:30 AM

Blogger Debbi Smith said...

I've made fried zucchini before but not in a LONG time, the sauce sounds awesome. I'm am totally going to try this! Soon!

May 4, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Blogger Smart Money Mom said...

I just cooked zucchini for the first time! Sad I know! I must try this since we all loved the zucchini and this sounds so yummy!

May 4, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Blogger SnoWhite {Finding Joy in My Kitchen} said...

that fried zucchini looks amazing!

May 4, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Blogger Jasey said...

This sounds great, Jen! (that sauce does sound yummo!)

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Happy Day,
Jasey @ Crazy Daisy

May 7, 2010 at 3:06 PM


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