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Old 05-21-2008, 01:15 PM   #11
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very versatile from spiced tea cakes to pan fried patties. It's real nice grated into rice: either jullienne on a mandoline or shred on a box grater, pan saute and toss in cooked rice and stir together. pretty and yummy. As they get bigger, par boil, remove center seed area, stuff with any mixture you like and roast. (bread and herb stuffing, with bacon or sausage, leftover rice or wild rice, chili, you name it.
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Old 05-21-2008, 01:29 PM   #12
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As a veggie side (or an appy), I like zuke fries. Slice them lengthwise, cut in half, dip in flour, then in beaten egg(s), coat in seasoned bread crumbs w s&p, & bake. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. YUM! For an appy, I serve a tomato dipping sauce - & make up some portobello fries & mozzarella sticks. You can also shred the zukes on a mandoline into spaghetti-like strands, and season w lemon juice s&p. Or, you could make a tomato-zuke pie.
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Old 05-21-2008, 11:37 PM   #13
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I'm sure there is an "official" recipe for something like this somewhere, and I'm sure it has an official name - but this is a side that I threw together one night from what I had on hand - and my boys liked it. Even better - they asked me to make it again!

INGREDIENTS:

3-4 T EVOO
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 large yellow or white onion - cut in half lengthwise (2 quarters) then sliced into 1/4-inch thick slices (1/4 circles)
4-5 medium zucchinie (about 6-inches long) sliced into 1/4-inch slices
1 15oz can diced tomatoes, drained and juices reserved
Salt & Pepper to taste

Add the EVOO to a skillet and turn stove on to MED - mince the garlic and add to the pan and stir. Slice the onion and add to the pan, stir a few times, cook 2-3 minutes while you cut up the zucchinie. Add the zucchinie and cook 3-5 minutes stiring a few times (until just tender) then add the tomatoes, salt and pepper. Cook until heated through or until the texture you want. Add some of the reserved tomatoe juice if it gets too dry.

For a little kick of heat - add a pinch of red pepper flakes.
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Old 05-22-2008, 01:20 AM   #14
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Take a look at this recipe I posted:
Summer Squash Pasta

Its Good.
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Old 05-22-2008, 01:35 PM   #15
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Shred it and make zucchini cakes like potato pancakes...

Yes, if you have few extra minutes to spend to do that, yum, they are deliciosos . I love them, my kids love them, even my wife eats them.
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Old 05-22-2008, 02:05 PM   #16
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I have a wonderful recipe for a dish that uses zucchini - it is one of our favorites. I just call it

Zucchini and Cheese Casserole

2-3 medium zucchini, cut in 1/4 inch slices
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 TBS vegetable oil or EVOO

4 Roma tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1 roasted poblano chile, peeled and diced (You can use a can of diced green chiles)
pinch of salt
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup cheddar or Monterrey Jack cheese with chiles, shredded

Saute onion and garlic in oil in a skillet until tender. Cook zucchini in small amount of water for about 5 minutes, drain and set aside. (This is an important step - I didn't do it the first version I made and the zucchini never did cook right in the oven.)
Stir in tomatoes, sauteed onion and garlic, chiles and salt, set aside. In a greased 2-qt casserole, layer as follows:

1/2 the zucchini, 1/2 the tomato mixture, 1/2 the beaten eggs, and 1/2 the cheese. Repeat layers. Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 25 minutes. Serves 4.

This is a great vegetarian dish, or serve it as a side dish with chicken or ham. It is so full of nice, bright flavors. And the last time I made it, I took a picture, thinking I might have an occasion to share it with the board:

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Old 05-22-2008, 03:37 PM   #17
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I use zucchini for everything...loooove zucchini:

small cubes in tomato sauce
larger cubes for curry
slices on pizza
cut lengthwise and stuffed with cheese, tomato sauce etc
small cubes in pasta salad
grilled slices with evoo (antipasti)
small cubes in fried rice
etc...
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Old 05-22-2008, 03:40 PM   #18
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I like fresh zukes just as much as cooked, so I like to use the vegetable peeler to make super thin ribbons out of the zucchini and also out of a summer squash. Then I toss them with a teeny bit of olive oil & fresh cut herbs. Carrot ribbons are also good in the mix.
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Old 05-23-2008, 08:50 AM   #19
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Karen that looks to die for!
Thank you, I'm sure I'll have an over abudance of tomato and zuke to make this a few times!
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Old 05-25-2008, 03:40 PM   #20
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That looks yummy, Karen! If it has bacon, butter or cheese - it has to be good!
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