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Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 11:06 AM


I put 2 zucchini plants in, which I now know is 1 and 1/2 too many. I have many giant zucchini, any suggestions on what to make with them? It would be so much better if I actually liked them....

And our cucumbers, remind me of a joke I heard on the Golden Girls. We have many cukes too, they come in sizes, small, medium and "who needs a man"

The cukes are so big, that my mother cut one up, breaded and fried it because she insisted it was a zucchini... cukes don't do well on the stove..

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5235)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 11:13 AM

I like to cut them up in slightly larger than bitesize chunks with some yellow squash. Cut some carrots and sautee them first, throw in the zucchini with the squash and cook to taste. Yummy.

Gypsylady  (Level: 149.4 - Posts: 6108)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 11:14 AM

Martina, this is a link to several zucchini recipes:


Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 11:16 AM

Giant zucchinis are delicious slightly hollowed out, stuffed with a mixture of cheese, tomatoes and breadcrumbs and then baked.

Collioure  (Level: 115.4 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 11:18 AM

First of all, Martina, cukes are my number #1 unfavorite food.

As for zucchini, I prefer them sliced lengthwise with a veggie dip. As a warm vegetable they are a bit bitter. Otherwise, I prefer the yellow and light green squash which are delicious IMO.

Here are ten good ideas

Pick them young, small and tender

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5235)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 11:19 AM

That sounds delicious!

Didb72  (Level: 222.2 - Posts: 243)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 11:19 AM

You can do a ratatouille with sweet peppers, egg plants and tomatoes. You can stuffed them with whatever you like from meat to veggies.

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5235)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 11:19 AM

That comment was for Monkeynips.

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 11:23 AM

Thanks! I knew you guys would have great ideas!
The cukes are "burpless" which I frankly thought was not possible but they actually are!

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 11:52 AM

I also like to stir fry sliced zucchini with sliced squash and add chopped onion, mushrooms and a little chicken broth. Add other seasonings that you like (salt, pepper, basil, etc.)

Koota  (Level: 189.4 - Posts: 2122)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 12:20 PM

One year, we were completely inundated with zucchini, so we sliced them up like cucumbers and made dill pickles out of them. They were wonderful! They came out a little crunchier than the cucumber version. Pick them before they get too big.

Give it a try!

Asor  (Level: 162.7 - Posts: 595)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 12:21 PM

When I lived in Seattle, people held zucchini-car races on streets with good inclines You might want to try it!

And we had lots of zucchini bread!

Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 838)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 1:03 PM

You can slice them dip them in
egg batter,then in flour and fry them,salt n pepper them.

Diva305  (Level: 153.6 - Posts: 1656)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 1:23 PM

Do not slice
Add C batteries

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 2:04 PM

This thread will have the censors, sorry editors, hovering.

Madamec8  (Level: 85.9 - Posts: 897)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 2:35 PM

Is that a zucchini in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 3:07 PM

Actually I think we could solve the famine dillemma in the third world with the prolific zucchini if we could just get them to eat the damned things.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 3:11 PM

OOPS! I do not proof read when I am drinking beer.

Aquamar  (Level: 187.0 - Posts: 926)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 3:16 PM

Zucchini lasagna is one of my favorites and a great alternative to using meat. Stuffed zucchini is always good as well as zucchini bread.

1mks  (Level: 221.1 - Posts: 5930)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 3:55 PM

I have a chocolate cake recipe that uses zuchs. It freezes very well and stays very moist.

M48ortal  (Level: 263.7 - Posts: 3850)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 4:19 PM

Cut a limber limb about the size you would use to roast marshmallows around a campfire (Apple branches work well). Remove leaves, side limbs, and sharpen the small end. Take the zucchinis which are too big for recipes (like the others say, small zchs taste best). Slice them crosswise into 2-3 inch chunks (about the size of a small apple).

Impale a zucchini chunk on the end of your limb. Swing the limb forward like you were serving a tennis ball. Watch that unwanted zucchini fly! If it does not come off on the first swing, twist it around to make it slip off the limb easier. If your limb is about 3 feet long, you should be able to throw apples, cukes, and zuchs the length of a football field.

WARNING!! I live so far out in the country that we walk toward town to hunt, so there's little danger of hitting anyone. Do not fling anything in a populated direction. Our target is usually an oil storage tank 400 feet from our house, for two reasons: a) It makes a satisfying "Kathong!" when we hit it, and b). The workers who come once each month to check on the tank look confused when they see fruits and veggies all around the tank.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 4:44 PM

You can grate raw zucchini and add to a cake or slice mix just like you would with carrot. You don't taste the zucchini in the cake, but the texture is chewy and moist. I will often grate half of one into a carrot cake mix.

Zucchini sticks are great as crudites as well: use 'em for scooping up dip, along with celery and carrot sticks.......a far better flavor than you would dare hope for!
They come up well in a salad when you run out of cucumber: slice 'em with a fancy waffle cutter into interesting shapes..........they have a delicate flavor when raw.

Never peel your zucchinis....just wash before use.

Cheers, Bev

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 4:46 PM


.....Plus grated raw zucchini give a nice color and texture to a frittata!


Oldcougar  (Level: 229.6 - Posts: 1935)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 6:51 PM

Just to add to Bev's advice. I grate them up in my food processor & freeze it in 2 cup amounts, perfect for that chocolate cake Marsha mentioned. It's a great way to sneak vegetables into my cake eating boys. It also a good way to recycle cottage cheese, sour cream or Chinese food containers.

Tresayre  (Level: 82.3 - Posts: 362)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 7:04 PM

You can make chocolate Zucchini cake ...yummy!

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 8:04 PM

Take a bunch to church. Go outside during the sermon. Throw a bunch in the back seat of every unlocked car.

Repeat next week. Oh, wait, there won't be any unlocked cars next week, will there?

Chyenn  (Level: 210.7 - Posts: 1332)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 8:35 PM

zucchini is as versatile as it is prolific...

grate zucchini into soups, stews and chili. add to tomato sauces for spaghetti or combine with shredded cabbage in spring rolls or eggrolls. mix it into meatloaf or meatballs. it will help keep turkey burgers from drying out. it can be shredded and added to cakes, cupcakes and breads. they can be substituted for cucumbers in some pickle recipes for a new condiment at picnics and cookouts.

here's a favorite of mine for a weekend brunch:

Saute thin slices of zucchini with a chopped onion in olive oil and butter til soft. Layer in the bottom of an unbaked pie crust. Beat together 4 eggs, 1/2 cup whipping cream with salt and pepper to taste. Pour over onion/zucchini layer. Top with 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese and bake in a 350 oven until eggs are set.

Cjar855  (Level: 134.9 - Posts: 838)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 9:45 PM

Two ways I use Zucchini is in turkey burgers and with Linguine. Grate 2- 3 cups ,add to 1lb ground turkey or chicken add your favorite grated cheese and spices. Great Turkey burgers...

Linguine Zucchini: Julienne cut the Zucchini , Saute Garlic in olive oil. add a few red pepper flakes . Cook linguine . Add Zucchini for 10 seconds before draining(just to barely wilt) Toss in Sauted garlic and olive oil. add Romano cheese.

Lodi  (Level: 107.9 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 10:30 PM

My ex-mother-in-law used to grate zucchini and mix it into bisquick, along with some grated cheddar cheese and chopped up green onions. Then she would make them just like little pancakes and serve them with butter.

They were amazing.

Tresayre  (Level: 82.3 - Posts: 362)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 11:17 PM

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Mon, 3rd Aug '09 4:20 AM

Take a bunch to church. Go outside during the sermon.

The first sentence had me pricking my ears up. The second sentence seems like sound advice, with or without courgettes.

Uturntama  (Level: 51.0 - Posts: 179)
Tue, 4th Aug '09 12:01 AM

EZ recipe: cut zucchini into rounds....throw into a skillet with butter and garlic salt..............YUMMY!

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Tue, 4th Aug '09 2:41 PM

Woo Hoo! 2 zucchini loaves, baking in the oven! Who knew that batter with zucchini in it was good to lick out of the bowl! Now the bad news, it only took half a zucchini!!

Fudypatootie  (Level: 207.0 - Posts: 1302)
Tue, 4th Aug '09 4:19 PM

Came across this in a magazine and tore it out just for you (Yes, it's my mag - not like I'm defacing library property)

Slice zucchini into rounds, season w/s&p, place a sun-dried tomato on each slice, then top with a pinch of goat cheese. Sprinkle with chopped chives and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and serve. One serving is 3 rounds and has 86 calories.

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