Zillions of Zucchini!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Zillions of Zucchini

In August, if you grow your own zucchini, you’ve probably worn out your welcome with friends and neighbors. People see you coming with a grocery bag in tow and lock their doors and your family is asking, Just how many ways can you prepare this veggie? Here are some easy-breezy ways to prepare zucchini that might make you more popular!

GRILLED:
Caprese~ Bias-slice zucchini and grill with halved cherry tomatoes for 4-6 minutes, turning once. Toss on a platter with fresh mozzarella. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar and snipped fresh basil.

Kabobs~ Thread zucchini, summer squash pieces and onion wedges onto skewers. Brush with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt, fresh cracked black pepper and lemon zest. Grill 8-10 minutes.

Packets~ Drizzle sliced zucchini with Italian or Balsamic salad dressing and wrap in foil packets. Grill packets 6-8 minutes.

Ribbons~ Slice zucchini lengthwise; brush with extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill 3-4 minutes per side until softened and a bit charred. Sprinkle with feta cheese and fresh dill.

SAUTEED:
Tacos~ Halve and slice zucchini. Saute in extra virgin olive oil 3-4 minutes; season with chili powder and cumin. Serve with shredded chicken in warm tortillas.

Sauced~ Saute sliced or chopped zucchini in extra virgin olive oil with crushed garlic and sliced mushrooms about 4 minutes or until tender. Add a little heavy cream, and cook until thickened. Season to taste; serve over pasta. Top with freshly grated Parmesan.

Asian~ Julienne zucchini and saute in vegetable oil with chopped shallots for about 4 minutes or until tender. Season with toasted sesame seeds, sesame oil, soy sauce and crushed red pepper.

Fiesta~ Saute chopped zucchini, sliced onion and fresh corn cut off the cob in extra virgin olive oil for 4 minutes or until tender. Stir in some salsa; heat.

RAW:
Appetizer Bites~ Slice zucchini and spread with garlic and herb flavored semisoft cheese. Sprinkle with chopped olives and snipped chives.

Mediterranean~ Toss sliced zucchini, halved cherry tomatoes and olives with Caesar salad dressing. Serve in lettuce cups and top with crumbled feta cheese.

Gazpacho~ Chop zucchini and stir into some V8 juice and chill. Add a splash of bottled hot pepper sauce to serve.
Marinated~ Marinate zucchini slices, fresh button mushrooms and sweet pepper pieces in vinaigrette salad dressing and a little finely shredded lemon peel for 8 to 24 hours.

BAKED:
Confetti Muffins~ Fold 1/2 cup shredded zucchini and 1/4 cup shredded carrot into prepared corn muffin mix. Bake according to package directions.

Gratin~ Slice zucchini and layer in a baking dish with snipped fresh herbs and shredded Parmesan mixed with panko. Drizzle layers with olive oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in 375° oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden.

Chocolate Cake~ Stir 1 cup shredded zucchini into a prepared two-layer-size chocolate cake mix along with 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces. Spoon into a greased and floured fluted tube pan. Bake in a 350° oven about 40 minutes or until done.

Sharing at Lisa's Tempt My Tummy Tuesday! Thanks for hosting Lisa!

19 comments:

  1. Sharon said...:

    Thanks for posting Gail :) We actually didn't plant any zucchini this year (no garden) but that doesn't mean we aren't being blessed :) I like to slice zucchini into rounds, brush w/olive oil, s & p them and broil for a couple of minutes each side. Then add pizza sauce and a little mozzarella cheese, back under the broiler until cheese is melted. Yum!

    Have a great day Gail!
    Sharon

  1. arkie said...:

    Wow! I may have to copy this list! I have had it sliced and grilled and it was so good! I use to make my kids zucchini fritters to get them to eat it. Thanks for all the recipes!

  1. farmlady said...:

    You need to publish a book. This is great! wait... is that great or grate? You can see that I have Zucchini on my brain and overflowing in my garden.
    Whatever we do with it...grate it, broil it or bake it, it sure is a most versatile vegetable. Thanks for all the ideas.

  1. oh my zucchini!! you forgot....give some away! I keep trying to. But it is a great thing to have an abundance of. thanks for all the great ideas. I just made a great cake and hope to get the recipe up soon. I should eat it the more healthy ways you have listed here though!!

  1. Julie Harward said...:

    The chocolate cake is my favorite..and I had a recipe for zuc. pineapple too once! :D

  1. Love it! I would always grate it and freeze as much of it as I could so that I could eat zucchini bread year round.

  1. Tasha Lehman said...:

    Love zucchini! Thanks for the great ideas!

  1. Pinky said...:

    OMGoodnes, so many ways to do zucchini!!! Thanks for the info! I love zucchini!!!

  1. 50s Housewife said...:

    These are great ideas! We actually didn't plant any zucchini this year and I am missing it. I sometimes make a zucchini relish that I can and give for Christmas gifts.

  1. Mrs. P~ I have to laugh!!! I actually had a neighbor post a sign on her back door one year that said, "No more Zucchini's Yvonne!". I know what you mean!
    And thanks for all the great zuke ideas. I'm keeping this for future reference. One crowd pleaser at my house is chocolate chip zucchini bread.
    I think the chocolate cake idea is a winner!
    Blessing dear freind,
    xoYvonne

  1. Sabrina said...:

    Although I LOVE zucchini, I don't get to eat it much since the hubby doesn't like it. WOW! What an amazing list of way to use it. Great compilation!

  1. Karen said...:

    Hey girl, thanks for stopping by. I wanted you to know I found a blog. Me and my pink mixer. She has a recipe on there for zucchini muffins; they look scrumptous! I thought about it when I read your blog. We have fun going to antique stores today. I found a treasure, I will share later on my blog.

  1. I only wish I had a neighbor with produce. This is the first town we have lived in where we didn't have way too much being offered. Here in the land of landscaping and no gardens...we are produce lacking these days. We go to the weekend stands, but it isn't the same as finding bags of things on your porch.

    I had squash blossoms for the first time Friday. Stuffed with fresh herbs and goat cheese, lightly breaded and deep fried...so good.

  1. Barbara said...:

    I for one cannot stand Zucchini, some years ago we go burned out on this veggie, like you we had an abundance and fixed it every way possible, even Zucchini Cake, so any more I do pass, hope you can find good uses for yours, hugs and blessings, Barbara

  1. Hi Gail, lots of great ideas here. Hope your summer is going well.

    Hugs, Barb ♥

  1. You know, I have a million blossoms on my zuchini, but no ACTUAL zuchini...when/if I have have any...I know where to come with said zuchini! Thanks!

  1. These all sound wonderful! We missed having a vegetable garden this year and growing our own zucchini.

    Jane

  1. nannykim said...:

    Yikers---that is what is nice about zucchini--it is versatile. I have been having zucchini salad--which I have shown this week on my recipe blog. It basically is thinly sliced zuccini tossed with garlic, basil, olive oil, lemon juice and lemon zest--it is very refreshing!

  1. Kathleen said...:

    LOL, no one leaves their car windows open around here for fear of zucchini being dumped in! It doesn't agree with me, and it is the one veggie dh can't stand!
    But lots of good ideas on how to prep the prolific vegetable!

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