Baby Ham & CheeZee Bites

2 medium zucchini

1/2  large sweet onion, diced

4 slices ham

4 oz. Manchego cheese, grated

3 eggs

1/2 cup Panko plain breadcrumbs

dash of garlic powder

salt and pepper

1 T butter with a dash of olive oil, OR 1-2 T  bacon grease

Saute onion in bacon grease or butter and olive oil, low and slow about 20 minutes.  Meanwhile grate zucchini and let drain on paper towels for 10 minutes.  Grate cheese.

Pat zucchini as dry as possible.  Place in a large mixing bowl.  Remove onion with a slotted spoon and add to zucchini in bowl.  Turn burner up to medium high and quickly saute ham slices to get a little color and caramelization on them.  Remove and chop into small pieces.  Add to bowl along with grated cheese.  Beat eggs and add to bowl along with bread crumbs and a dash of garlic powder.  Season with a little salt and pepper.  Mix well.

Spray mini muffin pans well with olive oil spray.  Spoon in zucchini mixture, filling tins to the top and gently pushing ingredients down.   Bake at 350 for 18-22 minutes, until golden.  Let sit for several minutes to set and then carefully remove from pan and cool.  Makes about 30 mini muffins

Note:  Do not use paper liners as muffins will stick to them.  Place muffin tins on a baking sheet in case the muffins bubble over