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RITZ-Zucchini Nuggets

RITZ-Zucchini Nuggets

Looking for a make ahead side dish that everyone will love? Combine RITZ Crackers with shredded zucchini and cheese for delicious nugget bites.

Prep time30 min
Total time40min
ServingsMakes 8 servings, 4 nuggets and 1 Tbsp. sauce each.
  • 2½ cups packed shredded zucchini (about 2 zucchini)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 45 RITZ Crackers, finely crushed, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 small carrot, shredded (about 1/2 cup)
  • ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ tsp. Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • Place zucchini in colander. Sprinkle with salt; toss gently to evenly coat zucchini with salt. Let stand 10 min.
  • Meanwhile, mix ketchup and mayonnaise until blended. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Heat oven to 375°F.
  • Wrap zucchini in paper towels or clean kitchen towel, then squeeze to remove as much liquid from zucchini as possible.
  • Whisk eggs in medium bowl until blended. Add zucchini, carrots, cheese and dry seasonings; mix well. Stir in all but 3/4 cup cracker crumbs.
  • Cover baking sheet with foil; spray with cooking spray. Place remaining cracker crumbs in pie plate. Roll tablespoonfuls of zucchini mixture into 32 balls; shape each into oval-shaped nugget. Roll, in small batches, in cracker crumbs until evenly coated with crumbs. Place on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake 15 to 18 min. or until heated through and golden brown, turning after 10 min.
  • Serve with ketchup mixture.
Recipe Tips
  • Food Facts
    After squeezing the drained salted zucchini, you should have about 1-1/3 cups packed drained zucchini.
  • Make Ahead
    These crisp nuggets can be prepared ahead of time. Bake nuggets as directed; cool completely. Refrigerate up to 3 days. When ready to serve, bake in 350°F. oven 10 min. or until done. Or, freeze the cooled baked nuggets in tightly covered container up to 1 month; thaw in refrigerator before reheating to serve.
  • How to Crush the Crackers
    Place crackers in resealable plastic bag; press bag to remove excess air, then seal bag. Use rolling pin to crush crackers into crumbs.


Nutrition Information

Nutrition Per Serving

 % Daily Value*
Total fat 14g 
   Saturated fat 4g 
   Trans fat 0g 
Cholesterol 55mg 
Sodium 610mg 
Carbohydrate 15g 
   Dietary fiber <1g 
   Total sugars 5g 
   Added sugars 2g 
Protein 5g 
Vitamin A10 %DV
Vitamin C6 %DV
Calcium8 %DV
Iron6 %DV
Potassium4 %DV
Vitamin D0 %DV

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