Hamburger Hamlet’s Zucchini Zircles

This recipe comes to you from the Pioneer Woman. This restaurant used to be a favorite of hers when she was a kid. The zucchini was good, but the real standout of this recipe is the sauce! It was really spicy, but the apricot preserves made it sweet, so I could stand the heat! This is pretty easy to whip up. We all liked it.

rating: 9

Hamburger Hamlet’s Zucchini Zircles
(Pioneer Woman)

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Servings: 6


1/2 cup Pineapple Juice
1-1/2 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
1-1/2 Tablespoon Dry Mustard Powder
1-1/2 cup Apricot Preserves

2 whole Zucchini
1/2 cup Flour
1/2 cup Milk (I used plain almond milk)
1 cup Seasoned Breadcrumbs (I used panko)
Salt For Sprinkling
1 quart Vegetable Oil, For Frying


Make the dipping sauce by mixing pineapple juice, soy sauce, and mustard powder in a blender. Pour it into a bowl and mix in the apricot preserves. Set aside (or make ahead of time and chill.)
To make the zucchini zircles, slice the zucchini into rounds about 1/3 of an inch thick. One at a time, bread them by dredging them in flour, dipping them in the milk, and coating them in the breadcrumbs. Set on a wire rack over a cookie sheet as you do the rest.
To fry them, heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When it’s hot, add the zircles 3 to 4 at a time using tongs. (Oil should sizzle and envelop the zircles.) Allow to fry for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until deep golden brown, then remove to a paper towel lined baking sheet. Repeat with the rest. Sprinkle with salt when they’re out of the oil.
Serve zucchini zircles with the apricot dipping sauce…and reminisce about the last time you were at Hamburger Hamlet!


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