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Fried Zucchini Sticks and Tomato Basil Dipping Sauce

Serves 8


  • 1 jar Monte Bene Tomato Basil pasta sauce
  • 1 qt. light vegetable oil
  • 3 medium sized zucchinis
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


Pour oil into a large, heavy saucepan and heat to 365 degrees. Slice off the ends of the zucchinis and then slice in half vertically. Cut into 1/8" slices that are 3 " long and 1" wide. Crack eggs into a medium sized bowl and beat until yokes and whites are mixed thoroughly. In another medium sized bowl, mix bread crumbs, pecorino Romano cheese, and salt. Pour flour into a third medium sized bowl. Taking one at a time, coat zucchini slices in flour, then eggs, and then bread crumb mixture. Place in oil and fry for about 30 seconds, or until zucchini stick is golden brown. Remove and let cool on a paper towel for 5 minutes before serving. Heat Monte Bene Tomato Basil pasta sauce and serve with zucchini sticks for dipping.

The kids won't even know they're eating a vegetable with this fun snack!

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