When I went out to pick more zucchini and yellow squash, it got me wondering how many of you are growing zucchini. Or being gifted from somebody’s garden. I’m pretty sure I’m right when I say most of you.
That’s why requests to use this seasonal veggie are coming in.
A west side reader asked: “Will you share your zucchini ribbon recipe with ricotta?” Another reader needed a zucchini tomato casserole. My answer to both is yes, I can do that.
Zucchini ribbons and tomato salad with ricotta
This is an updated version of a favorite.
2-3 tablespoons lemon juice with honey to taste — start with a generous teaspoon
Good handful torn basil leaves plus extra for garnish
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 medium zucchini — use a vegetable peeler to slice into ribbons
Grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half or larger ones, cut up, about 2 cups
Whisk together lemon juice, honey, basil, salt and olive oil.
Toss squash and tomatoes together. Season to taste.
Divide dressing in half and toss half with the veggie mixture.
Place on platter, dollop on ricotta and drizzle with rest of dressing. Finish with a grinding of pepper and basil.
Zucchini and tomato casserole with butter crumb crust
1-1/2 to 2 cups cheddar or Italian blend cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Romano or Parmesan, shredded
Palmful fresh oregano, minced or 1 teaspoon dried
Palmful fresh basil, minced or 1 teaspoon dried
2-3 teaspoons garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
2 nice sized medium zucchini, sliced thin
4-5 tomatoes, sliced thin
For crumb crust
5 tablespoons butter
Palmful onion chives, minced or 2 tablespoons onion, minced
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 350. Spray 9” square pan or casserole.
Mix cheeses, herbs, garlic, salt and pepper.
Put half the zucchini in pan. Sprinkle 1/4 of cheese mixture on top.
Add half the tomatoes on top, then another 1/4 of cheese mixture.
Melt butter, then stir in chives and cook until a bit soft. Stir in breadcrumbs until mixed.
Sprinkle on top.
Tent with foil and bake 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
Readers want to know:
Canning salt vs regular.
The recipe for bread and butter pickles I shared recently recommended canning salt but I said for that particular recipe you could use regular salt. With this pandemic, I’m not sure you can find canning salt.
Canning salt is pure, fine grained salt, without additives, and should be used in pickling if you can.
Regular salt may contain additives for easy flow, and also may contain iodine.
Canning salt produces a brine that is clear; regular salt might make it a bit cloudy. If it contains iodine, it may make the pickles dark.
Regardless of the salt you use, measure the salt correctly, by weight measurement instead of a volume if you can.
According to livinghomegrown.com, kosher salt as a good sub, since it weighs about the same as canning.
Coming soon: fire & ice pickles – 2 recipes!
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