Sunday, March 4, 2012

More ways with zucchini than you can poke a stick at

It seems to be the way that in the vegie garden every summer, one vegetable will absolutely go ballistic and give us more produce than we can cope with. One year, pumpkins - 45 off two vines. Then tomatoes. Last year, cucumbers. This year it has been the turn of the zucchini, that has survived and prospered in one of the wettest three months we've had in years. Go figure.
The fortunate thing about zucchinis is that I find they are up there with potatoes in terms of versatility. Here's how the zucchinis have been cooked in my kitchen over the last few weeks:

Sliced and grilled, dressed with vinaigrette, garlic and parsely (as above, with grilled eggplant and capsicum)
Grated and made into fritters
Cut into batons, dipped in eggs and breadcrumbs and fried
Cut into batons, dipped into batter and fried
Sliced, roasted with eggplants, capsicum, tomatoes to make oven roasted ratatouille
Zucchini slice
Zucchini cake
Made into a soup with peas and green onions
Sauteed with butter, served with roasted chicken
Grated and made into pasta sauce to serve with penne
Zucchini frittata
Zucchini gratin, with tomatoes, onion, garlic, thyme, parsley and breadcrumbs
Sliced finely on a mandolin, and served as a salad - a zucchini carpaccio
Parboiled, split in half lengthwise, stuffed with leftover rice and onion and baked
Preserved as zucchini sott'olio (zucchini under oil)

That's all the ways I can think of for the moment...am I missing anything?

5 comments:

Tania @ Out Back said...

Zucchini in batter, recipes on the internet...yummy :)

We had plenty of zucchini this year, I grated a big heap and put cupfuls into the freezer for adding to cooking during Winter...

Courtney said...

(Found your blog via another blog I read...first time commenter!)

Zucchini bread is a staple in our house in the winter (for using up the grated zucchini that ends up in the freezer.)

We also saute zucchini and yellow squash, add onions and other veggies, some beans, put it into a tortilla and cover with enchilada sauce - yum!

africanaussie said...

When i plant zucchini and we get any rain at all they just turn to mush. I wonder how come yours did so well with all the rain? I am hoping for a bumper crop this year. thanks for all the ideas.

Paola said...

Tania - thanks for the idea of freezing grated zucchini. I'll definitely give that a try.

Courtney - thanks for commenting. Grated zucchini for zucchini bread in winter sounds perfect. Tortilla sounds good too
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African aussie - I'm not sure why my zucchinis were successful this year. They definitely got powdery mildew, and it was too wwet to to much about it. Maybe because they were planted in a mound that was basically 100% composted manure?? That's all I can think of.

Libby said...

Wow I'm impressed. Usually zucchini is a success in our garden, but not this year. I think I might have gotten ONE. The only thing good this year was tomatoes, and even they probably weren't as good as normal.