Zucchini Alla Scapece (Marinated Zucchini)
In Italy, zucchini are served in a variety of ways, this is one, very very good.
Zucchini a Scapece (marinated zucchini)
Scapece is one of the names of the classical way of preserving (mainly) fish and vegetables in vinegar. This dish is even better made a day in advance, as it gives the zucchini plenty of time to absorb the flavors of the garlic, mint and vinegar.
Ingredients: olive oil for frying - 1 kg of medium zucchini - 2 large garlic cloves - a handful of mint leaves - sea salt and pepper - 1 cup of white wine vinegar - 1 cup of water .
Directions: Slice the zucchini into 3-4 mm thick rounds. Place the sliced zucchini in a colander sprinkling with salt. After 1-2 hours rinse them in water and pat them dry ( to avoid an overly 'mushy' texture, to aid in browning and to concentrate the flavor of the fruit or vegetable. The traditional way to dry the zucchini is by laying them out in the sun, on a drying rack or simply on a cutting board, for an hour or two (depending on the strength of the sun) to dry, turning them halfway through. Heat the oil (to about 200C) and fry the zucchini in batches
Test it by putting a small piece of zucchini into the oil; it should sizzle immediately. Fry for about 3 to 5 minutes, until golden brown on the bottom.. Use a wire mesh strainer or large slotted spoon to transfer the zucchini slices to the lined platter to drain.
In a deep bowl, put fried zucchini slices and finely chopped garlic.
Chop and mash peppermint leaves and add into the bowl.
Place water and vinegar in a small pot and bring to boil. Reduce the heat so the liquid just simmers for another five minutes. Pour hot vinegar to cover the zucchini and leave to rest at room temperature for at least 24 hours before eating. After 3-4 days the flavor is at its best.