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For the bites:
2 medium zucchini, cut into slices (about 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch thick)
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups panko
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon za'atar
2 tablespoons roasted sesame seeds
ground sumac, for sprinkling
paprika, for sprinkling
Smart Balance Cooking Spray
For the dip:
1/4 cup Smart Balance Omega Plus Mayonnaise
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon tahini
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon honey
pinch ground sumac
1/2 teaspoon za'atar
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds, plus more for serving
To make the zucchini bites:
Heat oven to 400. Place buttermilk in a shallow bowl. Mix together panko, salt, pepper, za'atar, and sesame seeds. Place in a second shallow bowl. Dip each zucchini slice first in buttermilk and then in the panko mixture. Repeat for each slice. Place on lined baking sheet. Sprinkle each bite with just a pinch of sumac and paprika. Spray the zucchini bites with cooking spray. Bake for about 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
To make the dipping sauce:
Stir all ingredients together. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top before serving.