ST. LOUIS — CRISPY DELICATA SQUASH RINGS

WHAT

1 delicata squash

1 egg

Garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste

3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 cups bread crumbs (optional)

Sprinkle of dried oregano

Sprinkle of dried basil

Marinara sauce or other sauce of your choice

  1. Preheat oven airfryer to 390-400F. I’d using the oven, preheat it to 400F.
  2. Cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Cut the squash into 1/4 inch rings.
  3. Get 2 bowls: In one bowl, whisk the egg, 2 tablespoons of water, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  4. In a second bowl, place the grated Parmesan and breadcrumbs sprinkled with dried basil and oregano.
  5. Use one hand to pick up the squash, dredge it on the egg mixture and then in the Parmesan bowl mixture moving it around until fully coated.
  6. Spray with olive oil on both sides. If using the air fryer place a single layer in air fryer basket. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
  7. If using oven, line rings on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and if using the oven, bake for 20 minutes, turning it halfway. Broil on high for an additional 2 minutes to get them nice and crispy. It will be ready when crunchy and golden brown.

Serve with desired sauces I like a tangy aioli or marinara sauce.

I like a tangy aioli: Mix mayo with a bit of garlic powder, paprika and red paper flakes for an added bite!