Ritz Fried Delicata Squash Rings

Aired November 16, 2012

Serves 4
Olive oil, for shallow frying
Freshly ground black pepper
A few tablespoons fresh, finely chopped parsley
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup whole milk
About 1 cup (1/2 sleeve) Ritz crackers, ground into crumbs in a food processor
2 eggs
About 1 cup flour
1 delicata squash

Cut off each end of the squash and, using a spoon, hollow out the seeds from each end. Thinly slice into rings 1/8-inch thick as thin as possible. Salt and drain rings a few minutes on paper towels.

Set up breading station: one dish with the flour, one with the eggs beaten with milk and another with the Ritz crumbs mixed with panko, parm and parsley.

In a large skillet, heat a shallow layer of olive oil (about 1/4 inch) over medium to medium-high heat.

Coat rings in flour, then egg, then crumbs and fry in batches to golden and very crisp. Drain on metal rack.

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