Better Breaded Bites (Deep Fried Appetizer Alternatives)

  • Total: 15 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Base Food Options

Mushrooms

Zucchini sticks

Yellow squash sticks

Jalapeno peppers

Sweet potato sticks

Eggplant, cut into sticks

Chicken tenders

Coating Ingredients

Whole eggs

Cornstarch

Basil flakes

Oregano

Granulated onion

Garlic salt

Salt and pepper, to taste

Breading Options

Panko

Shredded wheat

Textured soy protein

Rice cakes

Bread crumbs, plain or seasoned

Crushed oats

Cornflakes or other nonsweetened cereal

Crushed seeds

Cornmeal 

Directions

  1. Should be crushed fairly fine, either by hand, rolling pin, food processor or spice grinder. Need 2 to 4 cups depending on amount of base food being breaded.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Pour 1 to 2 cups of cornstarch into a bowl (use enough to coat the appetizer foods easily). Crack three whole eggs into a separate bowl and whisk. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup cornstarch, dash of basil flakes, oregano, granulated onion, garlic salt, salt and pepper. Pour or spread breading medium into a baking pan, plate or shallow bowl.
  4. Place food in cornstarch. Coat thoroughly, making sure all the nooks and crannies are covered. In small batches transfer food to egg bath, coat evenly and place in breading medium, turning to coat completely. Repeat until finished.
  5. Place food on baking sheet that has been sprayed liberally with canola oil, making sure to get all sides. Bake in oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until crunchy. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces.
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