BAKED CHEESY ZUCCHINI BITES

Simple and delicious, these baked cheesy zucchini bites are so easy to make and are a healthier alternative to a classic fried zucchini fritter! 

BAKED CHEESY ZUCCHINI BITES

INGREDIENTS
  1.  1 1/2 cups (7.5 ounces) packed shredded zucchini (no need to peel zucchini)
  2.  1 large egg, lightly beaten
  3.  1/4 to 1/2 cup (1 to 2 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese or a blend of cheddar and Monterey jack
  4.  1/4 cup (.75 ounce) panko or regular bread crumbs
  5.  1/4 teaspoon dried basil (or 1-2 teaspoons fresh)
  6.  1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  7.  1/4 teaspoon salt
  8.  1/8 teaspoon pepper

INSTRUCTIONS
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly coat with cooking spray or lightly grease an unlined baking sheet.
  • Place the shredded zucchini in a clean kitchen towel and wring out all the excess water over the sink until the zucchini is really dry. You should have a little over 1 cup after squeezing out the water (if you have a scale, you'll want about 6 ounces of zucchini that's been squeezed dry).
  • Place the zucchini and remaining ingredients in a medium bowl and mix until combined.