Airfried zucchini slices with minced meat sauce

Thin, air-fried zucchini slices is an excellent side dish or they can be used to replace potatoes for example. Of course they can also replace pasta, although in this recipe I have cooked spaghetti to accompany the sauce and zucchini.

Pasta is here only because there was a slight doubt in my mind that maybe marinated zucchini and the traditional brown minced meat sauce don’t really go together. I’ve never tried it before, so such a sliver of doubt was understandable. Despite everything the combination was very tasty and it would have been perfectly enough for a full meal to have only the zucchini and the sauce.

You can make nice, crunchy chips for snacking by cooking thin slices of zucchini a little longer, cut even a little thinner and possibly with a higher heat than mentioned in this recipe.

 Old-fashioned brown sauce has been one of my favorite dishes since childhood. When my mother asked what would you like to eat today I think my answer was invariably “minced meat sauce and spaghetti”. The preference for this dish has not disappeared over the years and I make the sauce I learned from my mother to accompany the pasta quite often.

Likewise, I prefer to make a meatball sauce, sausage sauce, liver sauce or even a “fat soup”, i.e. pork belly sauce, using this old, familiar recipe. My own taste buds are so much in love with it that I don’t even consider other options. Most home cooks have learned how to make this sauce already as a child at home or at the latest in household lessons at school. Despite that, I will put a recipe for it in case someone has not yet prepared the sauce in their lifetime but would still like to try.

Sliced zucchini

PORTION: 1 serving
TIME TO MAKE: about 15 minutes


  • 6-8 thin slices of zucchini
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • French Fry seasoning
  • lemon juice
  • fresh thyme

Cut zucchini in thin slices. Grease them with olive oil, sprinkle a little salt, french fry seasoning and a little lemon juice on top.

Finish with finely chopped fresh thyme, some other herb or for example garlic.

Arrange the slices as loosely as possible in the Airfryer. Adjust the heat to 180° C and the time to ten minutes. And you’re done!

Brown sauce


PORTION: 4 servings
TIME TO MAKE: about 20 minutes


  • 400 gr minced meat (pork/beef of beef)
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • white pepper powder
  • paprika powder
  • salt
  • about 100 gr butter
  • about 1 dl wheat flour
  • some vegetable oil
  • 2 dl cream

Chop the onion. Heat the oil in a skillet and add the onions. Let simmer for a while and add the minced meat. Season with salt, pepper and paprika powder and stir until the meat is cooked through. Transfer to the cauldron to wait.

Clean the skillet, heat up and add the butter. When the butter is melted, add the flour. Stir with a spatula continuously until the flour has turned beautifully golden brown. Pour in water using a can or directly from the tap, stirring all the time to prevent lumps from forming. Do not put too much water, the sauce should be poured relatively thick into the cauldron.

Heat the mixture, still stirring all the time and when the sauce starts to boil add two deciliters of cream. Season with salt, pepper and paprika as needed and, if necessary, add water if you think the end result is still too thick.

Tags: air fryer air fried zucchini minced meat sauce pasta brown sauce

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