Last time I wrote about our garden, the zucchini were still in their infancy. Now, as zucchini always does, they're coming fast and furious. This year we decided to grow an heirloom variety called Cocozelle, which are shaped entirely different than the more typical long style. These guys are nearly round when they're grown out!
This past Monday, as a part of our regular Meatless Monday, Cyn put together a side dish that turned out so well I wanted to devote this blog entry to it. It was simple, quick to put together and really tasty. It even reheated well the next day when I took the leftovers to work for lunch.
- 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup shredded parmigiano cheese (almost any good melting cheese would work well)
- 1 small shallot, minced
- 1 small hot pepper, minced (optional, but we like it hot)
- minced fresh herbs (optional - summer or winter savory, oregano, parsley and thyme all work)
- melted butter
- 1 pound of zucchini cut into 1/4 inch rounds, slices, or strips (your choice)
- Slice the zucchini, salt lightly and allow to stand on paper towels for 10-15 minutes. This will draw out some of the natural liquid contained in them, much like you would do with an eggplant.
- Dip one side of each zucchini slice in the breadcrumbs - it will form a nice crunchy base
- Place the zucchini slices on a silicone mat (to prevent sticking) on a sheet pan
- Mix the breadcrumbs, cheese, shallot, hot pepper, and herbs together
- Drizzle a little melted butter onto each zucchini slice
- Sprinkle the mixed ingredients on to each slice
- Cook in a 400 degree convection oven (425 degree regular oven) until the cheese is melted and begins to lightly brown
- Remove and serve hot
These little beauties are crunchy yet creamy, delicious and pretty darn healthy. Since we have so many zucchini in the garden, we spent some time talking about what else we might do with them and came up with a few ideas for future meals.
- Build a Zucchini Parmigiano sandwich (much like eggplant parm) with fresh tomato and mozzarella
- Fan the baked peice out on a plate and position fried eggs on top for a complete meal with protein
- Make a veggie Napoleon with the zucchini, tomato, ricotta and basil leaves
The possibilities are probably endless. How would you use them?