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The What-To-Do-With-All-This-Zucchini Thread

Well, it's that time of year again: Zucchini, zucchini, and more zucchini!

My plants have kicked into high gear, so I'd like to pick your brains and recipe files for new ways to use, and hopefully ways to store, this year's bounty.

I do the usual - zucchini bread, zucchini soups, zucchini in omletes, zucchini in pastas, grilled and stuffed and stir-fried zucchini... heck, even the dogs are getting double portions in their meals. The neighbors have had their fill and now hide behind their curtains when they see me coming, garden trug in hand.

My zucchini cup overfloweth, and I need to get creative.

So - please share your favorite recipes, and please - if you have a way to can or otherwise store zuchinni that doesn't involve freezing, I'd love to hear it.

Many thanks!
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Re: The What-To-Do-With-All-This-Zucchini Thread

Please tell me your secret!
I planted about 10 plants of different types...they just bloomed, but until now only 4 Zucchinis have resulted.

OK, my recommendations:

Roast slices in the oven, brushed with olive oil, then layer in lasagne.

As a low-cal pasta replacement: use a potato peeler to make long thin strands...blanch and use as you would spaghetti or noodles.

Grill on a hot BBQ with nice grill marks, brushed with olive oil and garlic.

Steam with salmon, onions, mushrooms, sprinkled with soy sauce and grated ginger.

If you grew the yellow round ones, hollow out, cap, and stuff with ground beef, onions, garlic, Parmesan, Mozzarella, Italian spices, ...put the cap back on and roast in the oven. I read you can do the same with Zucchini, just hollow out the middle.

Oh.. the possibilities...I am still waiting for my crop to appear!
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Re: The What-To-Do-With-All-This-Zucchini Thread

Just to clarify - you mean courgettes right, like little mini cucumbers.

Zucchini is a new one on me, and I had to google it.
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Just to clarify - you mean courgettes right, like little mini cucumbers.

Zucchini is a new one on me, and I had to google it.
Hum... No, no, zucchini and courgettes are different, I am pretty sure of that.
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Hum... No, no, zucchini and courgettes are different, I am pretty sure of that.
Same thing as far as I know
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Re: The What-To-Do-With-All-This-Zucchini Thread

No, same thing. I didn't know they were a squash though.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zucchini
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Re: The What-To-Do-With-All-This-Zucchini Thread

Interesting, I will keep an eye on this thread as I never know what else to do with them other than chopping for a stir fry, or cutting to thin slices marinaded in olive oil and balsamic vinegar, garlic and herbs, for grilling on the BBQ.

Post all the members a stick each, job done.
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Re: The What-To-Do-With-All-This-Zucchini Thread

You can make brownies with them. I've made them before, my kids never knew the difference (example of recipes from allrecipes).
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Re: The What-To-Do-With-All-This-Zucchini Thread

We once had courgette slices deep fried in batter in a restaurant in Tenerife.
Not terribly healthy, but tasty.

Maybe something like this, but I don't think ours were grated..

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2...gette-fritters

Here are a few more ideas..

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/courgette
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Just to clarify - you mean courgettes right, like little mini cucumbers.

Zucchini is a new one on me, and I had to google it.
I think they are one and the same. Green and yellow both, we from across the pond call 'em zucchini.

Not so little, I missed a few under the leaves that grew to leg o' mutton size.


Karl, I have no secret. I practice 'benign neglect' and just let them do their thing... which this year seems to be taking over the garden... and the lawn... and the neighborhood...
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Hum... No, no, zucchini and courgettes are different, I am pretty sure of that.
Well that's what Wikipedia told me - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zucchini

I'm not overly concerned, I'm not a foodie, and it was only last year that, through my GF, I found out that cauliflower and broccoli were two different things. Previously I though they were the same thing, just different words. So never ask me anything about food.

And at this point I'll bow out of this thread for fear of taking it off topic, and to protect myself from further embarrassment

MC, enjoy your little cucumber like thingies
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Re: The What-To-Do-With-All-This-Zucchini Thread

Pickle them. If they are small ones you may even be able to sell them to the Swiss as gherkins
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Re: The What-To-Do-With-All-This-Zucchini Thread

I actually have a vegetable lasagna in the oven right now, that is made with zucchini. It takes about 45 min's to make and an hour to cook, but it's sooo good. Here's a link to the recipe:

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/vege...0000000224863/

A couple notes:

1. It takes two normal-sized glass jars of basil tomato sauce (e.g. jarred Bertolli or Barilla sauce)... or about 24 ounces.
2. I always add minced garlic (about 3 cloves) to the sauce/veggie mix to give it more flavor.
3. While sauteing the veggies, add a little water so they soften, and then let the water evaporate slowly.
4. Don't skimp on the red onion. It gives it so much flavor.

A few other things I make with zucchini are minestrone, gratin, and a "tagine" (Moroccan dish) that's made with zucchini, chick peas, sweet potatoes and served over spiced quinoa. It's actually really easy to make and very good for you. PM me if you want any of those recipes.
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Re: The What-To-Do-With-All-This-Zucchini Thread

Lily loves zucchini. Steam or roast and see if the pups will eat them. I think they are best cooked, rather than raw as are most veggies for dogs (of course lily also eats carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes, beets, apples, pears - all cooked.)
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Well that's what Wikipedia told me - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zucchini

I'm not overly concerned, I'm not a foodie, and it was only last year that, through my GF, I found out that cauliflower and broccoli were two different things. Previously I though they were the same thing, just different words. So never ask me anything about food.

And at this point I'll bow out of this thread for fear of taking it off topic, and to protect myself from further embarrassment

MC, enjoy your little cucumber like thingies
So I can cook what ever and make it pass for something else? You seem like an easy guest for dinner!
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Lily loves zucchini. Steam or roast and see if the pups will eat them. I think they are best cooked, rather than raw as are most veggies for dogs (of course lily also eats carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes, beets, apples, pears - all cooked.)
Wow. You must have the healthiest dog in the neighborhood!
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Re: The What-To-Do-With-All-This-Zucchini Thread

I like to grate them and include in Bolognese sauce. Great for trying to get extra veggies into the little (or not so little) ones
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Lily loves zucchini. Steam or roast and see if the pups will eat them. I think they are best cooked, rather than raw as are most veggies for dogs (of course lily also eats carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes, beets, apples, pears - all cooked.)
The mutts get zucchini (and carrots, green beans, and sometimes sweet potatoes) daily. A great way to bulk out the tiny portions they are allowed without adding calories.

And a great way to use up those leg o' mutton mega zucchini.
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Re: The What-To-Do-With-All-This-Zucchini Thread

I slice zucchini, paprika and onions put it in a pan with olive oil, salt, basilico, etc and cook it until soft. Pour tomato sauce in it and it is a perfect meze as part of our breakfast with bread and Greek white cheese.
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Re: The What-To-Do-With-All-This-Zucchini Thread

Since i try to limit my carbohydrate intake, i cut the zucchini very thin - julienne at least, quick saute or steam and use instead of pasta. I also put zucchini in meatballs, meatloaf, etc. I usually eat the flowers so there aren't any squash.
Oh, and i just remembered this....but you can stuff a zucchini with sausage/ground meat rice, tomatoes, onions, spices and some cheese on top. My mom used to do this. Good for the baseball bat ones.


I don't know if my pup is healthy, but she eats human food - ever since chemo, i can't stand the smell of dog food.
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