Nikos politis zucchini sticks recipe

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  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings


  • 1 pound (450 g) medium summer zucchini
  • Salt
  • Olive oil, for frying
  • All-purpose flour, for dredging
  • 3 tablespoons grated Greek kefalotyri cheese
  • 2 teaspoons dried mint or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
How to Make It
  1. Rinse and pat dry the zucchini. Cut each one into sticks about 2½ inches (6 cm) long and ¼ inch (75 mm) wide. Layer in a colander, sprinkling each layer with salt. Place a plate and a weight over the zucchini and let drain for at least 1 hour. Dry with a clean kitchen towel.
  2. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, heat 2 inches (5 cm) of oil over medium heat. Test for temperature by tossing a piece of bread into the pot. If it crisps up and turns golden within about 10 seconds, the oil is ready.
  3. Toss the zucchini in flour, shaking off the excess. Using a slotted spoon or spider, slip a small handful of zucchini into the hot oil and fry without moving around too much, until crisp and golden. Remove with the slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Continue with remaining zucchini sticks, clearing out any burnt clumps of flour that might accumulate in the hot oil.
  4. Once the zucchini are cooked, toss in a serving bowl with the grated cheese and mint. They are great with any of the kopanisti and/or skordalia recipes.

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