Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Zesty Zucchini Tots







We like spicy stuff, Gabe makes great fajitas but tends to drop the hot sauce in one spot. Not a happy experience for the person who gets that portion! 

These are spicy and a nice little addition to your meal and trust me - spice is evenly distributed so no one has to run for the milk.

Ingredients:

2 cups shredded zucchini ( used my food processor) 
1/2 medium onion, diced ( didn't use)  
1/2 cup dry Italian seasoned breadcrumbs ( subbed  Hot Chipotle Panko seasoned breadcrumbs)
2 eggs
4 ounces of extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded ( Subbed Pepper Jack Cheese)
3 tbsp. panko bread crumbs ( added the chipotle panko)
salt and pepper to taste
2 cloves of minced garlic (sauteed in olive oil)

Directions:

Remove zucchini from the food processor. You could also use a box grater to shred the zucchini.

Place the zucchini in a colander and sprinkle with salt. Let it sit for 15 -20 minutes and remove from the colander and place on a towel and squeeze out as much water as you can.

In a medium bowl add the zucchini, panko, eggs, cheese, garlic and salt and pepper. 


Prepare mini muffin pans with cooking spray. Fill each cup with the zucchini mixture. Press each cup down to slightly compress the mixture. Sprinkle with panko.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Keep an eye on them, you don't want them to burn. They should be nicely browned.

When you take them out of the oven run a knife around each cup to loosen up the tots.

Let them cool for a bit and remove from the pans.

Adapted the recipe from Old House To New Home







        



71 comments:

  1. These look great, and so kid-friendly! We have lots of zucchini in our garden at this time of year, so this looks like a great way to use up some extras! Pinned!

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    1. Hi Blair-easy for the little hands! It's a great way to use up zucchini. Another good way to use up zucchini is in breads. Let me know if you enjoy breads and I'll share my friends zucchini breads recipes with you. They are outstanding!

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  2. Wow, these look great !! You have such a great talent for finding great ways to use all kinds of foods. Love the fact that they could be finger food also.

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    1. You will like how I made these. I bought zucchini to use with my new toy. I wanted to make the zucchini pasta. I got the zucchini, put it in the fridge and the next day it was starting to turn. I knew I had another recipe waiting in the wings and did this one. Gabe really liked them and were a perfect addition to the meal. You know me! Waste not, want not!

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  3. These sounds tasty - and like the perfect antipasto! Def going to try them ! Found you via LouLou Girls!!

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    1. Hi Madaline- they are good and hope you enjoy them.

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  4. You know me Linda..........I saw zucchini and I'm already hooked. Hoooo-I bet whoever gets the "surprise" in Gabe's fajitas has an eye opening experience-YIKES! Takes their breath away..........literally? You know now so you have the milk at the ready, right? :)

    I like your spicy additions too. I've made something similar but more on an Italian flavor theme-I like the looks of your version better. Can't wait for my garden to start giving us zucchini.....with all I planted this year, we should be getting plenty...fingers crossed.

    I'd like to snatch a few of those goodies off that plate (which I LOVE) and have them for breakfast-they look so good!

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    1. Carol- I know you will make these. It has CAROL written all over it! Now grow zucchini grow!

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  5. OH WOW...these look so good...going to try them. Think Dino would love them. Stopping by from Share You rStuff Tuesdays, have a great day.

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    1. Hi Karen- I hope Dino likes them! Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. These look absolutely fabulous! I cannot wait to try them! Thanks for sharing~pinned to try soon:) Have a great week

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    1. You know what's nice about them, they are different. Perfect for portion control and easy for little hands.

      Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  7. These sounds so delicious, especially with the pepper jack cheese!

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    1. Ginnie- pepper jack is a staple in the house so I naturally grabbed it out of the fridge. Always makes for good eats!

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. I can't wait to try these! I'll have to make half of the mild for my little guy and mo' hotter mo'better for me.

    Stopping by from The Southern Special

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    1. Easy to do! Hope you guys enjoy them.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. I am going to try these. They look so good.

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    1. Hey Dottie- let me know what you think ok?

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    2. I will let you know Linda..Hugs

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  10. Yum! These look Linda. I bet I can get Randall to eat these. Good call on the pepper jack.

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    1. Hey Cyndy. Pepper Jack is a staple around here. Love the stuff. Hope Randall enjoys them. I know you will!

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  11. They look great. Need to stop using my phone to post!

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  12. Thanks for stopping by and sharing with us at The Southern Special. These look great.
    Dawn
    Spatulas On Parade

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    1. Hope you enjoy them. See you next week at your party.

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  13. oh like it :) will try it and eat it!!

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  14. Looks fantastic! And I know my husband would appreciate the spice too. He LOVES spicy food! Thanks for linking up to Gingerly Made's Show & Tell party!

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    1. As you can see by the recipes I post we are a "spicy" couple! LOL

      Guess what's kept us together for 38 years :-)

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  15. these do look good Linda

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    1. Hi Elaine- Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. This sounds like such a good summer snack. Hello from Lou Lou Girls Linky! Sending you Like love!

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    1. Thanks! This recipe is a good way to use up the extra zucchini !

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  17. Hi! Thanks for sharing this on The Southern Special! They sound great! I can't wait to make them and I hope to see more of your posts on our link up!

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    1. They are nice little finger food and could also be used as an appetizer.

      Will see you next week!

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  18. These sound great! I love that you don't have to fry them (I don't have a problem with fried foods I just don't working with hot oil at home) and I love the "zesty" substitutions. Thanks for sharing on Great Idea Thursdays. I'm featuring this.

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    1. Thanks SO much Joy! Hope you like them as much as we did.

      I'll be back to Great Idea Thursdays for sure!

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  19. I can't wait to try your Zesty Zucchini Tots. We have a big harvest of Zucchini coming on and this will be a perfect recipe to try.
    Hope you have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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    1. I wish I had zucchini fresh from the garden! Send some to NY (wink)

      Hope you enjoy the recipe.

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  20. This looks so good, can't wait to try it! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week

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  21. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did! Thanks for stopping by.

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  22. I will have zucchini soon and can't wait to try these! I like a little spice too. Thanks for sharing with SYC. Pinning.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks Jann- I wish I had a garden. We live in the woods and plenty of deer around. If I planted it, they would eat all of it. Forget about a fence. Farmers have to put electrical current in the fence to keep the deer out. It's vegetable stands for me!

      I hope you like them.
      Hugs,
      Linda

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  23. Yummy! Pinned. Thanks for being a part of our party. We are always thrilled to have you. Please stop by tonight at 7 pm and party with us. It's a thrill to have you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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  24. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe and I pinned and going to try this!
    Julie @ Julie's Lifestyle

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Julie. Love the crochet flag on your blog! Will have to make one soon.

      Linda

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  25. Ooooo we will be having these. Thanks so much for sharing, Barb

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    1. I hope you like them as much as we did!

      Thanks for stopping by
      Linda

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  26. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured this week on Full Plate Thursday. Hope you enjoy your weekend and your new Red Plate.
    Miz Helen

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  27. I have never eaten Zucchini before but these look delicious :) Pinning for later!

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  28. Found your post on the StumbleUpon for bloggers post on Facebook. I am super excited because this is the first time I have seen a post that was adapted from one of my recipes!! I love the changes you made!! We love spicy food too and I will definitely have to try these like this!!!

    Amanda @ Old House to New Home

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    1. Hi Amanda- Thanks for stopping by! I added a link back to your page. I don't know how to a direct link- I wanted to make sure I added where I found the recipe. Hope the way it was added is ok.

      You might notice that I adapt quite a bit- I've been cooking this way for years. It's a great recipe and so happy many people get to see it via this recipe and yours!

      Linda

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  29. I've never eaten zucchini either, but this looks good!

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    1. Zucchini is sort of a staple around our home. I use it for so many things. I make bread, casseroles, pickles and relish. Now I need my own garden so I can grow it!

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  30. I am not one for "heat" but I would definitely use the basic recipe. This is a great way to use up some of the summer zucchini from my garden.

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    1. You are so lucky to have a garden and able to pick fresh zucchini!

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  31. Wow, these look great. We have a ton of zucchini in the yard right now!

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    1. If you need to get rid of some you can always send them to me! LOL

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  32. What a inspirational way to get kids to eat zucchini! My kids love tater tots and we just got some fresh zucchini from the farmer yesterday so I think I will give these a try tonight :-)

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  33. Love it! Pinning & scheduling for fb - can't afford to lose track of this recipe! Thank U!

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    1. Thanks so much or the pin and fb! I appreciate it very much.

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  34. Oh my goodness! This looks like an excellent recipe! I am pinning this! Thank you for sharing it on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! :)

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    1. If you don't like the spice you and always leave it out. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
      Hugs,
      Linda

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  35. Good morning! This tasty looking post was featured on the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week! Please join us again this week as our new link up is now up and running :) Happy Monday!

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  36. Good Afternoon!

    These look really yummy. I love finding recipes with zucchini in them. Especially when you have picky eaters and you can hide them within the recipe.

    Thanks so much for posting.

    Have a wonderful day!

    Blessings,
    Amy

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    1. Hi Amy~

      They are SO good. If the kids don't like spicy food just leave the seasoning out.

      Thank YOU for stopping by!

      Hugs,
      Linda

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