If you are fortunate enough to know someone with a garden, you'll sometimes find yourself the recipient of unexpected gifts. They don't often take the form of say, a strawberry pie, but rather whatever happens to be a bumper crop, in this case zucchini. Often they are shoved into your arms, just as you are about to leave with the implicit instructions not to bring them back, "keep on walking." I'm kidding about that last one but my family has always treated zucchini that way and yet continue to grow it. Maybe they think this will be the year, they will eat as much as they grow. Never going to happen.
So just this week, my brother gave me a tour of his garden with the finale being a load of zucchini. Of course, I appreciate this fresh organic goodness. But I am clueless about serving it. Who do you turn to in times like these? Twitter!
I can't believe the replies I got to the question of what to do with zucchini:
@SchollGal: Lasagna and chocolate PB zuke bread! I'm jealous!!
@Wordlily There are tons linked at @TooFondofBooks' Weekend Cooking post from this past weekend Here's the direct link: http://bit.ly/9LMSxy
@CatsKnitFish Grate it, saute it with other veggies, toss with pasta and cheese.
@bowlieb zucchini bread or grill...mmmm...nom nom nom
@TooFondOfBooks Have sliced, blanched &frozen several; made zuke soup; even pickled them! (and got 10 more from CSA today!)
@AliceinParis Zuchini? http://tinyurl.com/39f5x8m
@JoAnnYhard I hear they make good bats.Or, hollow one out for a boat and you can fill it with other zucchini and float them out to sea.
People have opinions on zucchini! I decided to make Zucchini Spice Bread, the same recipe Dawn made last week, from Martha Stewart (it took longer to bake for me too). I added a half cup of pumpkin seeds to my version just because I had some, it seems fallish, and I like them. The result was a nice moist loaf with a gingerbread flavour. Yum! Trouble is I only used one zucchini.
|Baked in my new Pumpkin Patch loaf pan|
What would you do with zucchini?