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How do you prepare your zucchini?

Looking for side dish recipes? What do you like to do?

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  1. My personal favourite and simplest way to prepare zucchini on the side is to cut it into round slices and pan-fry olive oil, S&P, lots of fresh garlic and a splash of lemon juice at the end.
    We had a wonderful roasted zucchini, cauliflower and potato dish in an Indian cooking class I took also. It had freshly crushed black cardamom, chili powder, garlic, cumin and S&P, lemon juice and was roasted in the oven, for about an hour.

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    1. re: pescatarian

      I agree with your method, but I like to sprinkle it with Parmasan cheese just before it goes to the table.

      1. re: chicgail

        I used to do this all the time and then forgot about it. I just made this last week to go with some scallops and my boyfriend thought it was the best ever. I slice the rounds thinly so they cook faster and use less oil. Yum yum!

    2. One thing I do is slice them lengthwise, scoop out the center, fill and bake. Usually, I'll use ricotta, eggs, parmesan, herbs but I'll use whatever I have (salami is good). Then I cover them w/ tomato sauce, mozzerella cheese and bake. Kind of like mini lasagnes in zucchini boats.

      1. My favorite quick zucchini dish - often with other squashes as well - is to cut zukes into chunks and make a quick stir fry in olive oil (sometimes I add sesame oil for zing) add s&p, maybe garlic powder, or red pepper and voila! an easy hot side dish in less than 5 minutes.

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        1. re: Food Smith

          I finish mine with lime juice and cilantro

          1. re: paulj

            That sounds good! Now I shall too. Thanks.

        2. Grate zukes into a bowl, crack some eggs (usually about the same number of eggs as zucchini) into it, mix well, and stir-fry in a hot wok. Drizzle some oyster sauce over it, and serve w/ hot rice. If you want, throw just about any kind of meat (chicken, pork or shrimp are all good) cut into bite-sized pieces into the wok first, and add the zucchini/egg mixture in when the meat is about half done.

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          1. re: ricepad

            I do something similar but more structured. I use a lttle less egg, and I add a couple of tablespoons of flour and some grated onion and chopped cilantro, salt & pepper, maybe some parmesan, etc. I heat up some vegetable oil in a large skillet and make fritters. I use a 1/4 cup measure to put heaping scoops in the oil and then flatten with a spatula.

          2. I LOVE this dish: thinly slice the zucchini, lightly brown then on one side in a pan with olive oil, then turn over, add chopped tomatoes and minced garlic. Cook until tomatoes and zucchinis are cooked, stiring all the flavors together. Salt and pepper, serve. Good hot, good cold, good two days old.