Zucchini grows GIGANTIC overnight–or so it seems!
Every couple of days I discover 2-3 more oversized squash in our garden that I swear were nowhere in sight in the days prior. I can’t keep up with the produce coming in, and the pile on the kitchen counter keeps expanding…ahhhhh!
This forces me to find creative methods of cooking it; otherwise, we quickly grow bored with the standard steamed zucchini.
Part of my repertoire includes hubby’s favorite dish, designed by his mother in his childhood: Zucchini Melt–at least that is what we have dubbed the dish.
Basically, this involves a halved zucchini sprinkled with a few herbs and topped with mozzarella, which is then baked until the cheese melts and browns.
Hubby absolutely LOVES this creation. It offers variety of flavors and textures as opposed to the bland squishiness of the overly-steamed method.
So, start off with a GIANT zucchini.
Lop off the ends. Slice it in half lengthwise. Now make diagonal slits one way, then the other; this will allow you to access the inside of the veggie so you can get the herbs and flavors in there.
Spread the zucchini and sprinkle with dill (fresh or dried), garlic powder, and pepper. I added dill to the original creation, and it adds a strong yet subtle flavor with its grassy, lemony zing that works well with the low-key, almost bland taste of the zucchini.
I then sprinkle parmesan cheese for the tangy punch it adds.
Finally, layer slices of mozzarella in thickness to suit your taste.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes, until the zucchini feels tender when poked with a knife or fork and the cheese melts and turns brown.
We often make a complete meal out of this due to the GIGANTIC portions.
Because the mozzarella rests atop the zucchini, it does tend to slide off when cut into. Another option would include grating the cheese and pushing it into the crevices made by the diagonal cuts.
SOURCE: Hubby’s mom, a.k.a. Verno : )
My other posts involving zucchini (well, only one other for now…but more coming up in the next few weeks with all the garden produce!):