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YIELDS:

8 servings

PREP TIME:

0 hours 20 mins

COOK TIME:

0 hours 5 mins

TOTAL TIME:

0 hours 25 mins

ingredients

2 Large zucchini, cut into one inch slices

2 Slices swiss cheese, each cut into four slider sized pieces

1/2 Cup Wondra Flour

1 Egg, beaten with water

1 Cup Panko

1/2 Tsp. Onion powder

1/2 Tsp. Garlic powder

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 Tbsp. Marinated artichokes, chopped

2 Tbsp. Roasted red bell pepper, chopped

1 Tsp. Balsamic Vinegar

4 Tsp. Dijon mustard

8 King’s Hawaiian Pretzel Slider Buns

1/4 Cup Canola Oil

DIRECTIONS

1. Set up a traditional breading station. In one bowl, put the flour and a large pinch of salt and several grinds of black pepper. Mix. In a second bowl, put the beaten egg and water and a large pinch of salt and pepper. Mix. In the third bowl, add the panko, garlic and onion powders and a large pinch of salt and ground pepper. Mix.

2. Dip your zucchini in the flour, then the beaten egg and finally into the panko mix, removing any excess after each step. Place the breaded zucchini on a plate. Put in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to two hours to set up.

3. Heat the oil in a cast iron skillet until very hot but not smoking. Add a small piece of bread and if it crisps up immediately you know the oil is ready. Add the zucchini and fry for 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown.

4. Drain the zucchini on a paper towel lined plated to remove excess oil. Sprinkle with salt.

5. Separate the buns and place them on a baking sheet.  Place a piece of swiss on the bottom half of each bun.  Toast under the broiler for about a minute until golden brown.  (they brown quickly, so watch them).  Remove from the oven.

6. Mix the chopped artichokes, red bell pepper and balsamic in a small bowl.  Place one fried zucchini slice on top of the swiss cheese bottom of roll.  Top with a heaping teaspoon of the veggie mix.  Put about 1/2 teaspoon of mustard on the top half of the bun and place it on top of the bottom half creating your slider.   Skewer with a large toothpick and serve on a platter

NOTES:  This is a tasty option for those who are vegetarian (as long as they eat cheese… be a good host and ask).  If they don’t, you can always omit the cheese.  But this is a nice alternative to burger sliders and it has plenty of flavor to satisfy.  You can cut your slices of zucchini pretty thick to give some height to your slider and give in a meatier feel.   Top with more cheese if you like.

These sliders were a great addition to my Slider Sunday menu and will make an appearance at the “All slider 4th of July party” this year.  Take a look and see other slider options for you and your guests.   I’ve got everything from a Turkey Meatball Parmesan Slider to a Smashed Cheeseburger slider on the menu.  I’ve falled in love with these King’s Hawaiian Pretzel rolls but feel free to use other buns or pretzel rolls.  I just like a soft “squishy” bun with the crispy zucchini.

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