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Old 09-17-2002, 12:17 PM
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Zucchini Overload?? Some Tips

11 Ideas and Recipes to Get You Through Zucchini Time
By; Monica Resinger

It's that time of year when it seems you don't have enough friends and family to give zucchini to. I have come to love zucchini time because over the years I have gathered quite a few ideas and recipes. Here are eleven ideas and recipes to help you through zucchini overload time.

1. Freeze it. Shred it, measure it into the correct measurement for your favorite zucchini bread, then freeze in a freezer bag. When you want fresh zucchini bread this winter, all you have to do is thaw a bag out and add it to the recipe.

2. Freeze zucchini bread. Make zucchini bread loaves (see recipe below) and freeze them for later. These are handy for bringing to potlucks or giving as Christmas gifts.

3. Add to.... You can shred zucchini and add it to spaghetti sauce and meat loaf. This adds nutrition and bulk.

4. Deep-fry it. Make your favorite beer-batter for making fish and chips, dip slices of zucchini in it and deep fry for a delicious treat. Dip in ranch or barbecue sauce.

5. Fry in butter. Dip zucchini slices into egg wash, then flour, then fry in butter and season with salt. 6. Eat it fresh. Cut it up and dip it in your favorite vegetable dip such as ranch.

7. Stir-fry it. Zucchini is excellent stir-fry material. Add it to your next stir-fry, or stir-fry it all by itself. Heat a wok or large frying pan on high heat, add a little oil and stir-fry until crisp-tender. Add stir-fry sauce or eat it plain, either way is good.
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8. Zucchini Bread

3 cups shredded zucchini (about 3 medium)
1 2/3 cups sugar
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Heat oven to 350*. Grease bottoms only of 2 loaf pans that are 9 x 5 x 3 inches. Mix zucchini, sugar, oil, vanilla and eggs in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into pans. Bake 50 - 60 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Loosen sides of loaves and remove from pans.

9. Zucchini Relish

2 cups chopped zucchini (about 3 medium)
1 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium)
2 tablespoons salt
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 cup cider vinegar
1 teaspoons ground mustard
Combine zucchini and onion. Sprinkle with salt and cover with cold water. Let stand 2 hours. Drain; rinse and drain thoroughly. Combine remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Add vegetables; simmer 10 minutes. Pack hot relish into hot jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Adjust two-piece caps. Process 10 minutes in a boiling- water canner.

10. Chicken Zucchini Parmigiana.

1 garlic clove, finely chopped
2 tablespoons oil
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
seasoning salt to taste
1 large or 2 medium zucchini, sliced
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
In a large, heavy skillet saute chicken breast and garlic in oil about 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Sprinkle with seasoning salt to taste. Remove from skillet; set aside. Add zucchini to skillet, sprinkle with seasoning salt to taste and cook and stir 5 minutes or until zucchini is crisp-tender. Push to sides of skillet. Arrange chicken in middle of skillet. Top chicken with cheese, tomato sauce and herbs. Cover, cook 3 minutes or until cheese melts and sauce is hot.

11. Black-Bottom Zucchini Bars

1/3 cup canola oil
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup baking cocoa
In a mixing bowl, combine oil, sugar, egg and vanilla until. Blend in the zucchini. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to zucchini mixture and mix well. Divide batter in half. Add cocoa to half; spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan. Pour remaining batter on top and spread out evenly. Bake at 350* for 25 minutes or until bars test done. Cool.
As you can see, zucchini is very versatile. I hope you'll come to appreciate it as much as I have

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Old 09-17-2002, 03:04 PM
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I love zucchini shredded with a peeler and then sauteed in a little butter with salt and pepper.

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Mock Apple Crisp ( using zucchini )

8 cups zucchini, peeled and cubed
3/4 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1-1/3 cups dark brown sugar
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup flour
2/3 cup cold butter, cut into large pieces

Step 1
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 13x9x2 baking dish and set aside.

Step 2
In a large bowl mix together the chopped zucchini with the lemon juice, sugar and spices. Pour in baking dish.

Step 3
In a small bowl mix together the old fashioned oats, brown sugar and the flour. Cut in the butter with two forks until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over the zucchini mixture.

Step 4
Bake uncovered for 45-50 minutes. Or until bubbly. Serve warm or cold with vanilla ice cream or whipped topping.
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Old 07-10-2010, 09:49 AM
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Dice zucchini add to marinara sauce.

Peel slice and freeze for mock apple pie or crisp.
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Old 07-10-2010, 09:50 AM
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Peel, slice, fry with onions add eggs for a quick meal.
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Old 07-10-2010, 12:06 PM
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I like zucchini sliced long way,seeds scooped out, then either a bread stuffing or saucage stuffing ..or ground pork. Any kind really cause I have done hamburger too.Whatever cheese you like can go on top. I like montaray jack best. A red sauce added or a white sauce or whatever you like can be added. Then in to the oven and bake at 350 for 30 or more minutes (depending on size) till done.
I also freeze it after grating and put 1/2 cup in snack bags and put it all in a bigger bag for protection. This makes measuring easy. Add it to breads and also it adds moisture to ground meat which has less fat and somewhat dry. You can put it in most soups too . I also freeze chunked zuchini.
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I serve this casserole a lot with salmon, chicken, ham, well almost anything. I have never served it to guests that they have not asked for the recipe and said how much they liked this when they made it also. I got the recipe out of a magazine in about 1975.

Zucchini Casserole

2 pounds zucchini squash, sliced (6 cups) *
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup dairy sour cream
1 cup shredded carrots
1 8-oz pkg. herb or chicken seasoned stuffing mix
1/2 cup butter or margarine
In a saucepan, cook sliced squash in boiling salted water for 5 minutes; drain.
Combine soup and sour cream. Stir in shredded carrots and onion.
Fold in drained squash. Combine stuffing mix and butter or margarine.
Spread half of stuffing mixture in bottom of 12" x 7-1/2" x 2" pan.
Spoon vegetable mixture atop. Sprinkle remaining stuffing over vegetables.
Bake in 350F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or more until heated through.

* Yellow summer squash may be used Makes 8 servings
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This is really good -- even if you think you don't like zucchini/spinach. I got this recipe from a newspaper in 1980 and really wanted to try it so went to the farmers market in Seattle and bought just what I needed. Even the leftovers are good!

Zucchini - Spinach Frittata

6 eggs
1 Tbls. parsley, chopped
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dried oregano leaves
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. dried basil leaves
Dash of Tabasco
6 Tbls. butter (divided)

1/2 cup grated parmesan, Romano, Swiss or Jarlsberg cheese (for the top)

4 small zucchini, sliced
1 large onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, crushed (2 oz.)
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped

Beat eggs, salt, pepper and Tabasco in a large bowl.
In a large skillet, melt 3 Tbls. butter.
Add zucchini, onions, garlic and saute until soft.
Stir in spinach, parsley, oregano and basil. Saute 2 minutes until limp.
Add sauted vegetables to egg mixture.
Add 3 Tbls. more butter to skillet and then add egg/vegetable mixture.
Cook over low heat until eggs are set.
Sprinkle cheese over top. Place under broiler (about 4 inches below heat) until cheese is bubbly.
Serve in pie shaped wedges.

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Old 07-29-2013, 04:42 PM
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On the "Zucchini - Spinach Frittata" above - - the (2 oz.) should be by the cheese and not by the clove of garlic.
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