The Corner Chronicle
Chimacum, Washington, Saturday July 22, 2017
Camille Does Everything ZUCCHINI!!!
July 28th, 2011 by Katy McCoy
photo of Phil holding a large zucchini

by Camille Cody

Alright. We seem to reach this point every summer, nearly everywhere across the country.  What are we supposed to do with ALL THIS SQUASH?  Zucchini, crookneck, yellow, pattypan, I’m rolling in it up to my eyeballs and I’m getting tired of eating it in every salad and baked at every meal!  Well forget your complaining, because summer squash is one of the most versatile crops and there are plenty of creative, frugal and fancy ways to consume and set aside this behemoth of summer crops.

BREAKFAST:  Start your morning off with some zucchini pancakes, zucchini bread or squash hash.

Pancakes

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp oil
  • 4 tsp baking powder

Beat eggs and add zucchini.  Then mix in the remainder of the ingredients.  Spoon batter into hot griddle with sizzling butter and cook about 2 minutes on each side.

Zucchini Bread (think banana bread gone veggie)

  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 large grated zucchini
  • 1 cup sweetener
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour 2 loaf pans. Sift together the dry ingredients. Combine the zucchini, sweetener, eggs, and oil – mix well.  Stir in dry ingredients till just combined, adding 1 cup chopped nuts (like pecans or walnuts) if desired.  Transfer batter to pans and bake for 45-55 minutes.

Squash Hash – Nothing could be simpler!

  • 3 cups grated or finely diced summer squash
  • 2 eggs, well beaten.
  • Salt and pepper
  • A dash of nutmeg or chili powder

Wrap grated squash in a kitchen towel to squeeze out excess moisture. Mix with eggs. Season with salt, pepper, and spice.  Press into a cake in a large frying pan with melted butter and let sizzle on one side for about 8 minutes before stirring, breaking or flipping to cook the other side.  Enjoy with ketchup like potato hash browns.

LUNCH:  Now that you’re done with breakfast, how about some lunch? And what is a more classic lunch combo than soup and salad?  Cold, marinated zucchini salad and puree of yellow squash soup, to be exact.

Yellow Squash Soup

  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 pound yellow squash, sliced into 1/4″ rounds
  • fresh or dried thyme, sage and basil
  • salt
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups broth or milk
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (optional)

In a soup over medium heat, sauté the butter onions and garlic for 5 min.  Stir in squash, salt and spices.  Cover and cook for 10 minutes.  Sprinkle in flour and continue to cook while stirring.  Mix in broth or milk and wine and simmer ~15 minutes.  Remove from heat for about 10 minutes and purée in batches.  Adjust seasoning, add pepper, and heat gently before serving.

Marinated Zucchini Salad – While your soup is in its heating and simmering stages, you can be preparing your salad.

  • 3-4 small zucchini sliced lengthwise with a vegetable peeler into strips
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 1-2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Salt
  • 1-2 Tbsp chopped fresh herbs (mint, thyme, oregano, basil) and the garlic
  • Crumbled feta or gorgonzola

Slice zucchini.  In a skillet, heat just enough oil to coat the bottom and fry zucchini slices until just golden on both sides.  Drain on towels.  Lower the heat and add garlic, stirring until golden. Arrage zucchini in a bowl and sprinkle with vinegar, salt and herbs.  Cover and refrigerate until your soup is done, or as many as 3 days ahead of time.  Grated carrots or daikon radishes, finely diced bell peppers and sliced tomatoes also go well in this cold salad.  Just before serving, crumble with your choice of cheese.

COCKTAIL:  Now that you’ve spent all this time chopping, pureeing and cooking, you are probably ready for a break.  How about a cocktail?  More specifically, how about a Zuketini?

Zuketini 4 servings

  • 3/4 cups zucchini juice  (from ~ 3 medium-large zucchini)
  • 1/2 cup sake
  • 4 fresh lime slices
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 6 medium ice cubes
  • 1/2 – 1 cup dry gin

Juice zucchinis, either running them through a juicer or by blending in a food processor and pressing through a fine sieve.  Mix well the honey and water into a syrup.  Pour 1 shot of sake into each of 4 cocktail glasses.  Garnish with fresh lime slices and set aside.  In a mason jar combine ice, your honey syrup, the gin, and zucchini juice.  Shake well and divide between the 4 glasses, pouring through a sieve.  Enjoy your summertime happy hours!

DINNER:  Heap your plates with yellow squash and cheesy pasta. 

Baked Yellow Squash and Cheese Pasta

  • 1 lb pasta
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil (1 Tbsp for sautéing squash and 1 Tbsp for coating pasta)
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 4 cups shredded yellow squash
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup cheddar or mozzarella, grated
  • 1/2 cup ricotta or cottage cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • fresh or dried herbs (parsley, oregano, basil or thyme)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Start by cooking your choice of pasta in boiling salted water according to pasta directions.  Once the pasta is underway, shred the yellow squash and saute it with 1 Tbsp olive oil and garlic until golden.  When pasta is al dente, drain and place into a baking dish.  Toss with 1 Tbsp olive oil.  Mix the squash with milk, the cheeses, and nutmeg.  Stir into the pasta and bake for 20 min until the cheese is melted and set. Sprinkle with the fresh herbs.

DESSERT:  To finish off your summer squash-tastic day, help yourself to a slice of double-chocolate zucchini cake!

Double-Chocolate Zucchini Cake

  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 1 1/4 cup sweetener
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup sour/buttermilk
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13″ cake pan. Mix oil, sweetener, eggs and vanilla until creamy.  Mix together dry ingredients in second bowl.  Mix zucchini and buttermilk in third bowl. Alternately add dry mixture and zucchini mixture to egg mixture and stir just until incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips.  Pour into baking pan and bake 30-35 minutes.

Voila!  You are now a walking, talking squash being and your garden harvest is that much lighter. Enjoy!

One Response

  1. Marci Peterson says:

    What wonderful recipes! Can’t wait to try them. Thanks.