Friday, August 5, 2011

Zucchini Time

It is that time of year when there are a few things that grow in abundance no matter how many seeds you plant. For me it is zucchini. Whether I put in 5 seeds or 50 it always seems like I end up with the same amount...too much!

The other day my husband, oldest son and I took full advantage of our supply and experimented with a few new recipes. The two that ended up to be winners were Cheesy Italian Layered Zucchini and Zucchini Funnel Cakes. I should have known... who can't resist cheese and a good tasting funnel cake!
Here is my best shot at the recipes... as you may know, I don't use recipes very often and of course I didn't write anything down as we went along.

Cheesy Layered Zucchini
1 large or 2 medium zucchini sliced thin
mozzerella cheese
parmesean or parmesean/ romano
asiago cheese
1 -2 sliced and patted dry roma tomato
8x8 or 9x9 pan
Cooking Spray
Layer ingredients beginning with the zuccini in the pan. Use one kind of cheese then place a layer of zucchini. When you use the parmeasean replace the zucchini with the tomato. Top the zucchini bake with parmesean and fresh or dried italian herbs.
Bake uncovered at 375 for 45 minutes. It will get good and bubbly and golden brown on top.
Let sit for 3-5 minutes before serving. Serves 4.

Zucchini Funnel Cake
chopped or minced zucchini
3 c.pancake batter
1/4 c. honey
dash of cinnamon
water(to make batter pancake/waffle consistancy)
powder sugar

Chop or mince your zucchini.

Mix first 5 ingredients.
Let sit while deep dry oil is heating. When oil is hot, drizzle 1 cup batter in. Allow to cook until edges are golden brown (about 90 sec- 2 minutes) then flip and cook for about another 90 secs.
Flip fried dough out onto a plate covered with paper towels,
sprinkle with powered sugar and let cool for 1 minute-- if possible :) Eat and enjoy!

We enjoyed experimenting and hope that others do too! If all else fails, when you find yourself not knowing what to do with the plentiful produce coming from your garden, bundle it up and deliver it to a neighbor, but don't forget to include a recipe!

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