Corn Chowder and Fried Zucchini Sandwiches

Serves 2.

Note: Panko breadcrumbs are lighter and bigger than the traditional version, which could be substituted. From “One Pan, Two Plates,” by Carla Snyder.

• 1/4 c. flour

• 1 egg, beaten

• 3/4 c. panko breadcrumbs (see Note)

• 1 (6-in.) zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/4-in. slices

• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

• 2 tbsp. olive oil, plus more as needed

• 1 onion, chopped

• 1/2 rib celery, chopped

• 1 garlic clove, minced

• 1/4 tsp. dried oregano

• 2 c. fresh or frozen corn

• 2 c. vegetable broth

• 1/2 c. milk

• Pinch of cayenne pepper

• 2 pita breads

• Hummus, sliced tomato, lettuce and sliced red onion for serving

• 1 sprig fresh basil, leaves thinly sliced

Directions

Put flour, egg and panko in 3 separate shallow bowls. Season the zucchini slices with salt and black pepper, dredge in flour and shake off excess. Dip in egg, then coat well with panko. Set aside on a cutting board or sheet pan.

Warm a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat, and add olive oil. When oil shimmers, add zucchini slices in batches and cook until browned on both sides, about 4 minutes, adding more oil if necessary. Transfer zucchini to a paper-towel-lined plate and keep warm.

Add onion, celery, garlic and oregano to hot pan, along with a little more oil, if necessary. Sauté until onion begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Add corn, vegetable broth, milk, cayenne, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of black pepper, and bring to a simmer. Turn heat to low so that the soup just bubbles. Cook until vegetables are tender and flavors have blended, about 10 minutes. Taste and season with more salt and black pepper, if needed.

Halve pitas and split them open to make pockets. Place fried zucchini and some hummus into pita halves, along with tomato, lettuce and onion.

Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with basil. Serve immediately with the pita sandwich.