Crispy Zucchini Croquettes: A Cheesy Summer Snack Recipe | Easy Oven-Baked Delights

Monday, July 31, 2023

Hey there, my wonderful foodie friends! It's been way too long since I've shared a recipe with all of you, and I just couldn't keep this amazing Summer snack to myself any longer. Today, I'm excited to bring you the delightful recipe for Zucchini Croquettes! Zucchini is my favorite vegetable and I'm always trying to find new, easy and delicious recipes I can make when I'm crawling with zucchini. Having homegrown zucchinis in mz family garden definitely helps the whole process. 

For me, summer is all about enjoying fresh produce and creating delicious treats that make our taste buds dance with joy. These Zucchini Croquettes are the perfect embodiment of that spirit, and I promise you won't be able to resist their crispy, cheesy goodness once you make them.

So, let's get right into it and make this delectable treat together. Dust off those aprons, roll up your sleeves, and let's have some fun in the kitchen!

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Here's what we'll need for these Zucchini Croquettes

- 2 medium-sized zucchinis

- 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or mozzarella work like magic)

- 1 cup bread crumbs (panko or regular - whatever tickles your taste buds)

- 2 eggs

- 2 tablespoons of olive oil

- 1 teaspoon salt

- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

- 1/4 teaspoon paprika (if you're feeling adventurous)

Now, I know it's been a while since I've shared a recipe, but trust me, this one is worth the wait. 

Let's dive into the cooking process:

Step 1: Grate the Zucchini

Take those fresh zucchinis and give them a good grating using a trusty box grater. Once grated, we want to get rid of any excess moisture, so wrap the zucchini in a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth and squeeze out that liquid. This will ensure our croquettes turn out perfectly crispy.

Step 2: Mix the Ingredients

In a mixing bowl, combine the grated zucchini with the luscious shredded cheese, bread crumbs, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and optional paprika. Here's the twist: we're going to mix in the eggs right here with the rest of the ingredients. It helps bind everything together beautifully! Give it all a good mix until all the flavors blend perfectly.

Step 3: Shape 'em Up and Coat

Time to have some fun with shaping and coating! Take a small handful of the zucchini mixture and form it into cute little croquettes. You can go for the classic cylinder shape or flatten them slightly - whatever makes your heart sing! Once shaped, coat each croquette with the remaining bread crumbs, making sure they get a nice crunchy coating.

Step 4: Bake to Perfection

Now, let's keep things healthy and hassle-free! Instead of frying, we'll bake these scrumptious croquettes in the oven. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit). Place the coated croquettes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake them for about 30 minutes, flipping halfway through to ensure even browning.

Step 5: Ready to Serve

Our Zucchini Croquettes are now ready to dazzle your taste buds! Once they're done baking, transfer them to a plate. Take a moment to appreciate their crispy exterior and melty, cheesy interior - it's pure bliss!

Optional Serving Ideas

Now comes the best part - tasting time! These zucchini croquettes are fantastic all on their own, but why not add a little flair? Serve them up with a side of tangy marinara sauce for dipping or whip up a refreshing cucumber and mint yogurt dip. Want to make them look even more irresistible? Sprinkle some freshly chopped parsley or cilantro on top for that final touch of yum!

And there you have it - your very own batch of Zucchini Croquettes, made with love and bursting with Summer flavors. Share them with your loved ones, and don't forget to savor every crispy, cheesy bite!

I'm so glad to be back sharing a recipe with all of you, and I hope you enjoy making and devouring these croquettes as much as I do. Until next time, happy cooking, my foodie friends!

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