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Recipe

Zucchini Casino

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields 15

Servings: 6 to 8

In this creative spin on clams casino, zucchini coins stand in for the bivalves.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup coarse fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 oz. finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (1/3 cup using rasp grater)
  • 1 Tbs. minced shallot
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 2 slices bacon

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 35
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 15
  • Fat (g): 2
  • Saturated Fat (g): 1
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 5
  • Sodium (mg): 130
  • Carbohydrates (g): 2
  • Fiber (g): 0
  • Protein (g): 2

Preparation

  • Position a rack 6 inches from the broiler element and heat the broiler on high. In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, Parmigiano-Reggiano, shallot, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1 Tbs. water.
  • Slice the zucchini crosswise into fifteen 1/4-inch-thick rounds and arrange in a single layer on a small rimmed baking sheet. Using your fingers, mound the breadcrumb mixture on the zucchini rounds, firmly pinching the mixture so it holds together.
  • Cut the bacon crosswise into fifteen 1-inch pieces and place on top of the breadcrumbs. Broil until the bacon and some of the exposed breadcrumbs are browned and crisp, about 3 minutes. Serve hot.

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Reviews (5 reviews)

  • Krispie | 12/13/2020

    Made as a side dish. Tasty but not amazing. I used a melon baller to scoop and place the breading and it was quite easy. I would make again, but only as a side dish. I didn’t think they had quite enough “oomph” to be a stand-alone appetizer.

  • weezi | 11/28/2019

    Made these as a side dish for our wedding anniversary dinner, adding a clove of minced garlic and using wild boar bacon. They were delicious. Thanks to hoydich for the tip about using a round measuring spoon.

    We have made something similar in the past using garlic rather than minced shallot and without bacon; the bacon adds a wonderful extra dimension, and the coins of zucchini make it company-worthy. If you were pressed for time and making this as a side dish, you could just halve the zucchini lengthwise, and go from there.

    Will definitely make again.

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