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Fried Zucchini Sticks

It’s summer which means zucchini are everywhere.  If you throw a rock someone you know is probably growing some in their garden and are trying to pawn a bunch of them off to you.  I personally love zucchini, my family not so much.  So I am always looking for new ways to make zucchini in the hopes my family will come to like it as much as I do.  That is the great thing about Pinterest, it has so many different recipes for anything you can think of.  Not to mention if you have some sort of restricted diet there are always recipes for most diet types.  Fun fact, I have been gluten free since 2011.  Pinterest has been a lifesaver when searching for recipes that need to be converted to a gluten free version.

So last night as I walked into the house after work, I see two large zucchinis sitting on my counter.  Someone who works with my husband had brought some into work and he brought some home.  Shocker considering he really isn’t a fan of them.  Then the wheels started to turn.  How am I going to incorporate these into dinner for the night?  You guessed it, first stop, PINTEREST.  This is the recipe that I found from The Black Peppercorn  on Pinterest . Now I will have to say upfront that I used this recipe more as a guide than following it as the recipe stated.  I had to convert this recipe to a Gluten Free version.  However it was very easy and tasted great when done.  Here is how I made it in a Gluten Free version.

For last night I only used one large zucchini. I cut it in half and then cut each half again in half, then chopped into strips.

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Then I used the following Gluten Free Flour and Bread Crumbs  to create my dipping stations. Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 baking flour is my go to for all things Gluten free that require flour.  I am not one who really measures seasoning. I tend to add a bit of this and a bit of that until I think it will taste good.  I think I used similar amounts of the seasonings the recipe called for.

 

I did follow the recipe instructions on the steps for dipping and frying. Flour, Eggs, bread crumbs and then into the oil.  I noticed that if I didn’t tap off the excess flour the egg and crumbs did not stick as well.

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I prefer to fry things with vegetable shortening over vegetable oil.  It seems to me that whatever food I am frying does not turn out as greasy, no idea why but I’ll take it.

I fried each side until golden brown, approximately about 2 minutes per side.  Make sure you do not crowd your pan otherwise the oil temperature will drop pan and your food will turn out overly greasy.

Here is the finished project, as you can see my oil got a little too hot at the end and some of the zucchini burned.  You can serve them plain or with your favorite dipping sauce. My 16 year old son used Ranch of course.  Both my son and my husband went back for seconds.  I will take that as a WIN on this recipe.  I hope you try this recipe out, gluten free or not.  Leave a comment down below if you tried it and liked it.

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Welcome to Pinterest Made Me Do It

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Welcome to Pinterest Made Me Do It.  I figured I would start my first post off by telling you a little bit about me and what made me decide to start blogging again.  I have always loved crafting, cooking and finding ways to fuel my creative side.  When I was in the 6th grade I started cooking for my family. I think the first family meal was some sort of refried bean concoction.  My parents came home from work and gladly enjoyed my dinner even if it was lacking. My senior project in high school was to learn how to sew.  My final project was sewing my Senior Prom Dress.  That is a post for a different day.  Over the years I have channeled my creative side into sewing, cooking, scrapbooking, home décor DIY, party planning,  and on and on.  You get the idea.  So when I found Pinterest a couple of years ago that was like DIY Heaven.  We all do it.  Pin everything under the sun.  Food, clothes, home décor, party ideas, lifestyle improvements telling ourselves that we will make it, cook it, try it someday. Next thing you know you have thousands of Pins staring at you from your Pinterest board mocking you.  When we do get around to trying some of the things we have seen the whole expectation vs reality sets in.  I am here to show you some of the Pins I have tried for myself as well as my own creative mind and what it has imagine.  I will include the inspiration behind the Pins, the process and the finished project.  I am not some master craftsman, cook, and party planner.  I am just a mom with two teenagers who inspire me daily.  I hope you subscribe and enjoy all that I share here.