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Hamburger Hamlet’s Zucchini Zircles

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My absolute favorite appetizer from Hamburger Hamlet, a beloved burger chain in Southern California.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE DIPPING SAUCE:
  • ½ cups Pineapple Juice
  • 1-½ Tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1-½ Tablespoon Dry Mustard Powder
  • 1-½ cup Apricot Preserves
  • FOR THE ZUCCHINI:
  • 2 whole Zucchini
  • ½ cups Flour
  • ½ cups Milk
  • 1 cup Seasoned Breadcrumbs
  • Salt For Sprinkling
  • 1 quart Vegetable Oil, For Frying

Preparation

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! (For me, it was around 1990.)

***From a Hamburger Hamlet recipe.

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Susan Uhl on 10.14.2014

I love these, I have mande them with coenmeal instead of breadcrumbs, and I have also used Ranch dip to dip them in!Thank you

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Ticha Rohan on 9.7.2014

Update: I made the sauce as directed and had enough left over to do another batch of zircles later in the week AND use the sauce to baste chicken breasts on the grill. Tasty, but I would cut the amount of sauce by 1/4 next time.

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Ticha Rohan on 8.21.2014

Is it really 1.5 c preserves? I’m making this for tomorrow, and that is an awful lot for 6 servings.

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Shawna C on 8.19.2014

Anyone have any idea what kind of seasoning goes into seasoned breadcrumbs? Most breadcrumbs contain or may contain egg, which is a no-no in our house due to allergies, so I’d have to season some egg-free crumbs or panko myself to try out this yummy-looking recipe…

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Pam McDonald on 8.19.2014

I’m not sure either what all it has, not sure why they would put egg though. Weird. :) This looks awesome though, I usually make my own seasoned with Panko Breadcrumbs. Garlic powder, thyme, basil, pepper, etc. Whatever looks good on the shelf :)

Gonna try this, since we are frying up green tomatoes this weekend. Thanks Ree!!

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