Wait….wait! I’ve got another delicious zucchini recipe to share before zucchini season is over. Zucchini Tots! Crispy on the outside and oh so tender on the inside, whether you serve them as a side, appetizer or the main event, these little nuggets are unbelievably addictive. The husband says he likes them better than regular Tater Tots. Now me…I don’t think I can go that far. Nothing against these zucchini tots, which are spectacular, but I love me some potatoes. Don’t really care how you make ’em…mashed, baked, scalloped – but fried can’t be beat. I think I’d categorize these little zucchini gems as a totally different thing. I probably should have called them zucchini bites. That being said, I certainly feel more virtuous having eaten Zucchini Tots rather than Tater Tots, so there is that.
Another great thing about these tots is that they are really easy and pretty quick to make. Just be sure you squeeze as much water out of the zucchini as you can before mixing it in with the other ingredients so that you can achieve ultimate crispiness. You see I love the crispy bit, that’s why I rolled these tots in a bit more panko before baking them. But you can skip the panko roll step if you aren’t that into crispy or simply can’t be bothered. No matter what, these Zucchini Tots will still knock your socks off – guaranteed!
recipe slightly adapted from: The Wimpy Vegetarian
- 2 -3 small zucchini, shredded (you should have about 2 cups worth)
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup small-diced yellow onion
- ⅓ cup grated Asiago Cheese (feel free to use Parmesan, mozzarella, or even cheddar)
- ¼ cup Panko (bread crumbs) plus 1 cup additional for coating tots
- 8 oz. ricotta cheese
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt (or to taste)
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
Preheat the oven to 400˚ F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Don’t use foil – the tots will stick to it like super-glue. Trust me. Place 1 cup of panko in shallow bowl and set aside.
Combine all of the ingredients together in a medium bowl using a large metal spoon.
Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop the zucchini mixture into mounds. Drop zucchini mixture into the middle of the panko bowl. Gently roll to cover will Panko and gently shape into a tater tot shape. Arrange on the parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake for 12 minutes, gently flip over, and bake for another 8-10 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Zucchini Tots brought to you by: Runcible Eats (www.leaandjay.com)
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