July 15, 2010

Summer Zucchini Bites {Webisode #32}

What’s Going on Today: Big pancake breakfast, morning trip to the beach (hence the wet hair in the video), sunday chores.
Naptime Goals: Make Zucchini Bites with the zucchini I recently picked up at the farmer’s market this week, finish up some Babble columns.
Tonight’s Menu: Grilled Soyaki Chicken Thighs, Zucchini bites, cous-cous, Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Blondies.
Parenting Lesson of the Day: Never engage your child in negotiations regarding candy before lunchtime.

If you’ve ever seen a woman at your farmer’s market hording zucchini from every available stand it’s probably me. My love for zucchini knows no bounds and I am not afraid to admit that I buy it by the ton this time of year. I have a whole roster of great zucchini recipes and this is one from my mother-in-law. I love to make these little bites for a healthy afternoon snack or to serve alongside dinner. Or both.

As you’ll see in the webisode, making these merely requires a bowl, spoon and measuring cup. The rest is simply a matter of grating and mixing. I easily whipped these up during my daughter’s naptime so that we could all enjoy them for an afternoon snack. The best way to describe their taste is somewhere between a mini-quiche and a muffin. Savory and light, they are puffy and easy on the stomach since, after all, none of us want to be eating heavy foods in the middle of summer. Perhaps I shouldn’t admit this, but after we shot this video the three of us polished off the whole pan! Ah, summer.

Recipe

Summer Zucchini Bites

Ingredients

2 c. grated zucchini
2 eggs, lightly beaten
½ yellow onion, finely chopped
½ c. sharp cheddar, grated
½ c. bread crumbs
¼ c. fresh parsley, finely chopped

Makes approximately 24 mini-muffin sized bites

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Butter a mini-muffin tin, set aside.
2. In a large glass bowl add two eggs and beat lightly with a whisk. Then, add the zucchini, onion, cheddar, bread crumbs and parsley and combine them with a wooden spoon.
3. Using your hands or an ice-cream scoop, fill each muffin cup just to the top. Bake  for 15-18 minutes or until the top is browned and set.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

These would be great served as a light bite at a dinner party or on a buffet table. If you want to mix up the flavors try using shallots instead of onions.

Naptime Stopwatch

Making this batter takes less than 15 minutes. Baking times is 15-18 minutes.

Naptime Reviews

This is a fun healthy vegetable bite for toddler. Despite the fact that my daughter dislikes eggs she will take a few bites of these.

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  • Kalyn

    Very interesting idea, sounds good!

  • Kalyn

    Very interesting idea, sounds good!

  • philandlauren

    Thank you for zucchini! It's in season and he already eats zucchini bread so why not your recipe? Takes some thought to work with zucchini, esp with kids. Nice.

  • philandlauren

    Thank you for zucchini! It's in season and he already eats zucchini bread so why not your recipe? Takes some thought to work with zucchini, esp with kids. Nice.

  • Katie R.

    My mouth is simply watering. Yummy. Can't wait to try it!

  • Katie R.

    My mouth is simply watering. Yummy. Can't wait to try it!

  • Sommer J

    I am so trying this on Sunday!!! Thanks for the wonderful idea! This is the exact kind of blog I've been looking for.

  • Sommer J

    I am so trying this on Sunday!!! Thanks for the wonderful idea! This is the exact kind of blog I've been looking for.

  • Linda

    Had them last night! Delicious!

  • Linda

    Had them last night! Delicious!

  • Jen Blacker

    Are these freezeable? I keep fast to make/reheat snacks around for my toddler since he has a tantrum when he decides he's hungry RIGHT NOW! I was thinking of flash freezing these then perhaps reheating in the microwave for 20-30 seconds?

    • Annie Sabo

      I would like to know this as well!

      • KelseyTheNaptimeChef

        Hi Jen and Annie – I’ve never tried freezing them but I think they would freeze well in a deep freeze. I recommend warming them up in the oven so they don’t get too soggy. Good luck!

  • Jen Blacker

    Are these freezeable? I keep fast to make/reheat snacks around for my toddler since he has a tantrum when he decides he's hungry RIGHT NOW! I was thinking of flash freezing these then perhaps reheating in the microwave for 20-30 seconds?

  • Kelsey B.

    Hi @philandlauren, glad you like it! @SommerJ, welcome to the blog, always let me know if you have any questions! @Linda, so glad you enjoyed them! @Jen, make sure they are frozen solid since there i egg in them. Yes, they will reheat just fine!

  • Kelsey B.

    Hi @philandlauren, glad you like it! @SommerJ, welcome to the blog, always let me know if you have any questions! @Linda, so glad you enjoyed them! @Jen, make sure they are frozen solid since there i egg in them. Yes, they will reheat just fine!

  • Dee

    When my Zucchini comes on I will be making Zucchini bites. Love your website

  • Dee

    When my Zucchini comes on I will be making Zucchini bites. Love your website

  • Amy

    I have more zucchini then I know what to do with! On Sunday I made a zucchini crisp (replace apples with zucchini) and today I made a shredded zucchini chocolate cake. I am looking forward to trying these little bites tomorrow!

  • Amy

    I have more zucchini then I know what to do with! On Sunday I made a zucchini crisp (replace apples with zucchini) and today I made a shredded zucchini chocolate cake. I am looking forward to trying these little bites tomorrow!

  • Anonymous

    Even if you pay for zuchini, this comes in at $2 for the whole thing and pnnies per serving. And if you want your toddler to get some calories then they should be able to get a hundred or so for every cup. This book http://bit.ly/5jARKt "Eating on $1" in amazon shows easy food prep, the dollars and the calories.

  • Anonymous

    Even if you pay for zuchini, this comes in at $2 for the whole thing and pnnies per serving. And if you want your toddler to get some calories then they should be able to get a hundred or so for every cup. This book http://bit.ly/5jARKt "Eating on $1" in amazon shows easy food prep, the dollars and the calories.

  • Lynne

    Thanks so much for the recipe! I found this website yesterday, 30 minutes before I had to pick up my preschooler. A few minutes later I decided to make these zucchini bites and threw the onion and then eggs in the food processor. Then I plucked out the s-blade and popped on the shredder disc and shredded the zucchini and cheese into the bowl. Then I just stirred in the rest of the ingredients (I used a combo of parsley and chives because they grow next to each other in the garden and I just grabbed a quick handful) – it worked out beautifully and so quick! I was able to pull the pan out of the oven with a couple minutes to spare, and then had the perfect warm snack for my girls after school.It also made a fantastic breakfast this morning, with wheat toast and some berries, and took all of three minutes to get breakfast on the table! Thanks again :)

  • Lynne

    Thanks so much for the recipe!
    I found this website yesterday, 30 minutes before I had to pick up my preschooler. A few minutes later I decided to make these zucchini bites and threw the onion and then eggs in the food processor. Then I plucked out the s-blade and popped on the shredder disc and shredded the zucchini and cheese into the bowl. Then I just stirred in the rest of the ingredients (I used a combo of parsley and chives because they grow next to each other in the garden and I just grabbed a quick handful) – it worked out beautifully and so quick!

    I was able to pull the pan out of the oven with a couple minutes to spare, and then had the perfect warm snack for my girls after school.

    It also made a fantastic breakfast this morning, with wheat toast and some berries, and took all of three minutes to get breakfast on the table! Thanks again :)

  • Ciao Chow Linda

    Saw this on photograzing and just had to click. I'm so glad I did. These look wonderful.

  • Ciao Chow Linda

    Saw this on photograzing and just had to click. I'm so glad I did. These look wonderful.

  • Skywalkerflutes

    WOW this is perfect. Gonna make it tonight with supper. thanks

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  • http://profiles.google.com/wildforwildtree Yvonne Hall

    Thanks to Bapple where I found this and you for such a wonderful and easy recipe — trying this later this week. Looks like they’d be great for a quick breakfast and easily made gluten free with GF bread crumbs. LOVE IT!
    Yvonne Elm Hall
    http://www.yvonneelmhall.wordpress.com

  • Sonya

    I made these as a side dish for dinner tonight and everyone gobbled them up :) Thanks for a great recipe that I will be using alot this summer!

  • Renee

    I have never loved zucchini, but this recipe sounded so good I had to try it. I made them tonight for a side dish with dinner and they were delicious!  I want to try them with some other vegetables sometime. Can’t wait to make this again!

    • Anonymous

      I am so glad Renee, enjoy!!

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  • EmilyC

    These were delicious! My husband especially liked these, too. I used gruyere instead of cheddar only because I wanted to use up an older block of cheese, and it was tasty. Next time I’ll use sharp cheddar per your original recipe.

    Do these store well? I’m considering making them for a lunch party this weekend but need to make most everything in advance. How do you prefer to reheat them – oven vs microwave? Or just let them come to room temperature?

    • KelseyTheNaptimeChef

      Hi Emily, these aren’t the best for storing long time. A day or two in the refrigerator or freezer is all I would recommend. So glad you liked them!! I would reheat them in the oven for sure. A microwave will make them chewy. Enjoy!

  • Missippi_hippy

    I just picked my first zucchini of the season… guess what’s going with dinner tomorrow.

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  • Henni

    Found these through joyfulabode.com! Awesome recipe! Can’t wait to buy more zucchini!!

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  • MC V

    Kelsey, The Naptime Chef, Thank you sooo very much for this recipe. I’m a man that usually gets run out of the kitchen, I’m not much of a cook unless it’s simple. I was trying to find the easiest recipe to cook up these two big zucchini’s out of my garden, first time I ever grew it. The picture looked sooo good. I tripled your recipe and I have to say, after walking in from outside, it is the best my house has ever smelled I thought to myself. And I don’t think I have ever cooked something so good. They were really really good, and I don’t usually like zucchini. Your husband must be really proud of you young lady, thank you so very much!
    peace, Mark from S.E. Oregon.

    • KelseyTheNaptimeChef

      I am really so happy to hear that you liked the recipe, Mark. Keep cooking! :)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=560676079 Amy Bennett Burglehaus

    OMG there wasn’t enough. We couldn’t stop eating them! I was surprised that there was no salt and pepper, but once I tasted them I knew they didn’t need them. Off to eat more.

    • KelseyTheNaptimeChef

      Yay, I am so glad, Amy!!! Enjoy!

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  • Stephanie

    These just came out of my oven. They look and smell delicious! I’m looking forward to trying the when they cool off, and I don’t even like zucchini! I bet my kids will LOVE these! Thanks for the recipe!

    • KelseyTheNaptimeChef

      Hi Stephanie – Great! I hope you enjoyed them.

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