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best way to cook zucchini and summer squash?
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So I got a zucchini and a yellow summer squash from the local farm...how do you like to cook these? I've never made these before. TIA!


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Old 07-13-2010, 04:04 AM
 
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My MIL slices them up and cooks them, with a sliced onion, in italian dressing. She just puts them in a shallow layer in a deep skillet on the stove and lets it simmer. It is so yummy and the smell is wonderful while they are cooking!
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Add a little evoo and grill with some seasoning. Yummy!
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I either slice them or cut them into sticks, season with salt and pepper, and then toss in some italian dressing. We use a grill basket and sometimes we also add onion, tomatoes, green pepper, etc. Delicious! Enjoy!
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I will try PP's way, but we either saute a la Rachael Ray with onions, peppers, mushrooms in olive oil with garlic or steam in a Ziploc bag with the above and broccoli. Love them. Of course we also fry them occaionally..using a new coating I found called Kentucky Kernel this year or dipped in egg and then bread crumbs.

I sometimes make zucchini fries by cutting in fry shape, rolling in butter and cracker crumbs and baking.


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Grill them
Stuff and bake
Steam and drizzle with melted butter
Saute with olive oil and garlic, top with parmesan cheese before serving

Google recipes for stuffed zucchini since there are many ways to stuff them.
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I cook the zucchini in stewed tomatos. I slice the squash and dump in a can (Italian style is good.) I simmer in the microwave. Sprinkle with parmesean cheese.

Yellow squash...slice up and melt butter in a frying pan. Sprinkle with basil and saute until the squash softens.

You can grill these also with olive oil. I put foil on the grill. You could mix carrots, mushrooms if you have some.
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Old 07-13-2010, 04:22 AM
 
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Cut the squash up in cubes and roll it in cornmeal. Fry it in a saute pan with a little oil. This is the southern way--yummy fried squash.

With zucchini you can make zucchini bread. It is great for breakfast. I know it sounds gross but it is a sweet bread that is wonderful-most recipes have cinnamon and spices. I don't have my recipe right now but I am sure you can google it.
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Old 07-13-2010, 04:31 AM
 
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You can grate zucchini or summer squash on the cheese grater, then saute in olive oil with garlic, salt and pepper. It makes a nice topping for pasta - add a little parmesean - yum!
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I cut them into chunks and put them on shish kabobs with chicken, beef, shrimp, whatever. I brush them with italian dressing and sprinkle with fresh thyme before grilling. Yummo!
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Old 07-13-2010, 06:00 AM
 
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I cut them into circles and put them in a baking dish with some melted butter & my favorite seasonings. Cook them until they are soft. Only way I will eat them
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how I cook zucchini and squash
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I like mine mixed with small stick sized carrots like the restaurants serve. Carrots take a lot longer to cook so first get them boiling in water while you slice up the zucchini and squash. Don't cut them too thin or they will fall apart. After the carrots have cooked for maybe 20 minutes, throw the slices in with them to cook for just a few minutes. Drain the water and freeze it for the next time you make soup. Saute the vegetables for a few minutes in butter and olive oil. They will be delicious!!!
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Zucchini Pancakes
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We love zucchini at our house. Following is one of our go-to recipes. Despite the name, it is a savory vegetable side dish, not a breakfast item.

Zucchini Pancakes (Zucchini Rounds)

1/2 cup Bisquick
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 eggs, slightly beaten
2 cups shredded zucchini
2 tablespoons butter
More butter or light oil for cooking

Mix first three ingredients in a bowl. Add eggs. Stir until moist. Fold in zucchini and melted butter.

Add small amount of oil to frying pan. Spoon in zucchini making pancakes about three inches across. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side. Serve warm. Although warm zucchini pancakes are the best, we do enjoy them cold. This recipe makes about 12 pancakes (rounds).

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Old 07-13-2010, 07:12 AM
 
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sliced, add, bell pepper,onion, velveeta and rotel tomatoes!. I usually steam the veggies. If you stop there...very healthy. If you add the cheese... not so much, but uhmmmmm!
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:35 AM
 
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Slice them and toss them in with some already sauted onions and some cooked crumbled bacon. Add your favorite seasonings and saute (the squash doesn't take long). Right at the last minute sprinkle on some shredded cheese and add chopped tomatoes.

jcbsmom, the "pancakes" sound great! I want to try that recipe.
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Favorite veggies
Old 07-13-2010, 08:42 AM
 
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These are two of my favorite veggies.

You could saute them with other veggies (mushrooms, onions) and put them with italian suasage (i make it into little balls) and pour in a can of italian stewed tomatoes, some fresh basil, and then I put this over spaghetti or in the winter spaghetti squash.

I also just steem them in the microwave or on the stove add a little seasoning

I just recently found another way to cook it.

grill/Sautee the zucchini and yellow squash with eggplant, portoblo mushrooms, onions and roasted red peppers with olive oil (i used garlic olive oil) once they are all cooked I put them on toasted Chibatti (spelling way off) bread with a slice of provlone cheese- I made mixed together sun dried tomatos and mayo to put on the bread with the veggies. Or you could just put the veggies on Boblie pizza bread and have a veggie pizza.

The zucchini bread is also very good. I have never tried succhini pancakes but I'm gonna have to give those a try.
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Old 07-13-2010, 09:58 AM
 
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Here are my two unhealthy--but yummy--options.

I slice the zucchini into strips or rounds (dependin on the size). I mix cornmeal mix with a little flour, salt, and black pepper. I dip the zucchini into the mix and then fry until golden brown. It's great plain or with some parmesan cheese.

The yellow squash is a dessert. I slice the squash into rounds and put in hot oil with about a cup of sugar. I cook until the sugar turns into syrup. It's amazingly good. People who don't like squash always love it.
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Thanks!
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As usual, the best ideas come from PT! Can't wait to these recipes out. The grill ones will have to wait--our in-laws have our grill while we're in the apartment --but looks like there's some other good ones to try . Thanks!
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