Spicy Baked Parmesan Zucchini Chips with Delta Dipping Sauce

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OK – let me start by expressing frustration with my photography.  These shots today are all wildly off & yellow & gross because I broke the bulb in my lamp & had to replace it with a fucking energy-saving thing that makes the light strobe & look yucky & – well – grrrrr.

And – I am deluged with other food bloggers & their SPECTACULAR images like this one from The Iron You.

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Homemade sriracha.  Fucking beautiful.

Or this one (or ANY one) from How Sweet It Is.

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And ANYTHING on my fucking HERO’S blog – Thug Kitchen.

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I included that cookbook promo here to also illustrate the Thug Kitchen IS SO MUCH COOLER THAN I AM – it hurts my soul!  I see the words “Expect that shit” and I am SO FUCKING JEALOUS that I am not Thug Kitchen that I feel actual physical anguish.  Expect that shit.  So simple.  Hilarious.   Tickles me & gives me butterflies of anxiety because it feels like a slap down.  And Thug Kitchen makes vegetarian, healthy food, too.  I mean my God.  How is it that I even show my face in public?   I am a loser & a fraud & a hack & a lame photographer & I have no hook.  Thug Kitchen.  I wish I could quit you.

That said – and after showing you what folks who know what they are doing throw in your grill – I present you with the least inspired & most poorly executed photos ever.   These photos are my food blog equivalent of the rape victim in the bathroom mirror, hacking her hair off or smearing lipstick all over her face.  This is me sliding down the shower wall crying.  Goddammit.

So – I guess I will just get on with it.

These guys look all fucked up because of white balance & whatever – but they tasted great!  I ate the entire batch.  Quickly.  Without regard for decency.  Or dignity.  Count yourself lucky that I didn’t just smash them into my face & hair in a fit of wild self-loathing.  That shit could happen.  It’s been a bad week – on lots of fronts.  Early this week, I ate a tiny piece of a pot truffle and lost my shit for 20 hours.  DO NOT EAT TINY PIECES OF POT TRUFFLES!!!!!   Granted – I am NOT a pot person. Never liked it.  Renders me slack-jawed & retarded.  Immediately.  One hit & I will watch the same 2 minutes of Family Guy over & over because I cannot follow the plot.  But – like – a bite smaller than a Hershey Kiss off this devil’s poison fucked my whole world up from 8:30pm until early evening the next day.  And I slept 8 hours in the middle.  Actually – the beginning.  I swallowed that thing and hit my bed like a felled tree.  I was out in minutes.  But I woke up in the morning into a scene from Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas.  My phone mocked me.  My dogs seemed foreign.  I couldn’t even begin to think of driving.  So – I cooked all day.  But it was awful.  AWFUL!  I don’t know.  Some of my favorite people are degenerate potheads that “wake & bake” and use terms like Sour Diesel & crystals and whatever.  They smoke all friggin’ day & somehow function.  It all seems so innocent.  But pot today isn’t your 1970’s dad’s pot that you stole when you were 14 and smoked the whole joint.  Trust me.  That truffle would be what Michael Jackson would have progressed to when his propofol stopped working.  If he’d survived the propofol.  One silly, regrettable bite & I nearly had a lost weekend.

Other things went wildly wrong, too.  Personal loss (yadda yadda yadda) – and not of the belly fat variety.  I am attempting to distract myself from my own self-pity by fostering this gorgeous lady – Piglet! – who is meant to arrive at my house any minute.

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She has very, very bad mange & it has rendered her bald.  Some mange dips & garlic washes will, we hope, restore her to a furry pup of whatever color she was born.  So – I am taking Piglet in – as a temporary stop – while her rescuer finds her a suitable forever home.  I am hoping she ratchets up my lagging sense of gratitude.

And  so – yes – the zucchini chips.  I made what you see from a single, though large, zucchini.  I also made it with egg wash though you could substitute milk with no issues.  They shrink down quite a bite – so – one big zuke did not go far.  Also – I had leftover Delta sauce from my Spicy Southern Fried Cauliflower and Delta Dipping Sauce with Smashed Baked Potatoes and White Gravy and Buffalo Mac & Cheese recipe

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so I dipped these zucchini chips in it & it was pretty awesome.  I definitely recommend that you whip some up.

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Spicy Baked Parmesan Zucchini Chips with Delta Dipping Sauce

INGREDIENTS

For the Delta dipping sauce

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 tsp lemon juice

1/8 cup vegetable oil

1/8 cup sambal oelek (or other chili sauce)

1/8 cup ketchup

1/4 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp mustard

1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

2-3 dashes hot pepper sauce (Tabasco or another brand)

1 garlic clove – minced

For the spicy baked zucchini chips

1 large zucchini – sliced into 1/4 inch rounds

2 eggs (or 1 cup milk)

5-10 shakes of your favorite hot sauce

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan (I used a microplane)

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

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DIRECTIONS

For the Delta dipping sauce

Whisk the ingredients together & chill.

For the spicy baked zucchini chips

Heat the oven to 425 degrees.

Whisk the eggs (or milk) with hot sauce.

In a different bowl, mix the dry ingredients.  Coat a baking rack well with cooking spray & place that rack on a cookie sheet (or crumbs & mess will go everywhere).  Then dip each zucchini round in the wet mix & then the dry & place on the cooking rack.  Bake at 425 for about 30 minutes.

Commence to chow.

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One thought on “Spicy Baked Parmesan Zucchini Chips with Delta Dipping Sauce

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