Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Zucchini Blahs?

What the heck do you do with an over-sized zucchini?

This is a the question a lot of summer gardeners have when they have a bounty of zucchini and some have grown to enormous sizes. Sure, a lot of you will grate it up an put it into zucchini bread or slice it up and stir fry it peppers and onions etc. But have you ever made spaghetti with it? or hash browns?

Today I used my handy "As Seen On TV" peelers that I got at my local Walgreens. Boy are they sharp, so be careful using them. I almost got myself good. Whew!

First I peeled the outer skin and discarded it. Then I used the nifty hashbrown peeler and quickly cut the zucchini into long spaghetti-like strands. The really cool thing is that you never have to deal with the zillions of seeds, because you cut down to where they are and stop. After you cut all the flesh from the zucchini, discard the left-over column of seeds in one big chunk. No seed mess!

At this point you can do a whole lot of fun cooking.
  1. Sautee some up with olive oil, garlic, onions, peppers. Remove from heat and mix in some of your favorite pesto or marinara.
  2. Lightly toss some in rice flour (regular flour is ok too) and fry them up for a plate of hash browns. I added some black sesame seeds for a nutty flavor. Salt and pepper as needed.
  3. Steam some up. Season with olive oil or your favorite butter or spread and herbs for a quick side dish.
  4. Use it as the base for a great casserole. A little cheese, a little butter...top with bread crumbs? What's not to like here.
  5. Cut the strands into shorter pieces and add into any salad or cole slaw recipe. 
  6. Pickle the shortened strands in your favorite pickling recipe.

I'll bet you can think of some great ideas to do with all this zucchini pasta.

Move over fettucini! Zucchini pasta with creamy hummus, pesto, chopped green olives, diced up oven roasted tomatoes and garlic.

Zucchinni Hash Browns


1 comment:

mangocheeks said...

Got the wow factor.

I so want one of those gadgets now.