Are you finding yourself with an overload of zucchini from your garden? Or an overload from the gardens of your friends? I actually wish I had your problem. I like zucchini, but at the same time I find it’s a vegetable that wants additional flavors. I’ve grown bored with eating it sauteed in butter, and when searching for recipes over the weekend, learned for certain that you should not boil it. This makes sense, since it is a very water-heavy vegetable.
I want to eat zucchini, I really do like zucchini. (If you’re in southern New England and looking to pan off some to a wiling victim, let me know!) Zucchini is also apparently good for people with adrenal diseases: asthma, allergies, and eczema. I’ve suffered from the first two even though I almost never have a problem with them anymore. It’s the almost part which has me wanting to fully cure them. This is going to involve more than some zucchini; for one, I need to find some time to read Thomas Cowan’s The Fourfold Path to Healing. In the meantime, I work on finding more ways to prep this lovely vegetable.
This recipe comes from Nourishing Traditions. I cut the ingredients in half because I was only going to feed two adults with it, and I still had leftovers. It’s good! Zucchini and tomatoes work very well together for flavor.
Zucchini with tomatoes (Nourishing Traditions, p. 410.)
2 medium zucchini
2 medium onions, peeled and chopped
2 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped*
1-2 cloves garlic, peeled and mashed
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
4 T. butter
4 T. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. pepper
1. Cut ends from zucchini, cut into quarters lengthwise and slice thinly.
2. Mix with sea salt and let stand about 1 hour.
3. Rinse in a colander and pat dry.
4. Saute zucchini in butter and olive oil in batches over medium-high heat until golden and set aside.
5. Saute onions in butter and oil until tender.
6. Add tomatoes, raise heat and saute a few minutes until the liquid is almost all absorbed.
7. Add zucchini, garlic, thyme, and pepper. Saute about 1 minute more until flavors are amalgamated.
Do not let the zucchini overcook!
*To peel the tomatoes, put one in boiling water for 5 seconds and remove with a slotted spoon. Score the skin and peel it off. To seed, cut tomato along the equator and squeeze gently over the sink.
This was the first time I used this method, and I know it’s going to take some practice to master.
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