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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Battling the overabundant zucchini...Part I

Zucchini. It's not all that delicious to me, but it is so easy to grow. And the Animal Vegetable Miracle lady made funny jokes about how much zucchini can grow in one person's garden. So I put in a few plants, and by a few, I think I mean five. That's not too many. Or so I thought. Luckily, Pig really enjoys some raw, gargantuan zucchini in the double digit poundage. And, I have also found a few ways to get people (and by that I mean me) to eat it.
No zucchini popover here.
And now for today's first use of zucchini.
This one sounds a little crazy, and I realize this. So, I am placing a rule on comments that you can't say how you think it would taste. If you want to comment on this recipe, you must try it.
Zucchini Crisp
I don't measure much, so keep that in mind.
Peel some zucchini and chop it the way you would chop apples for a crisp. I use 1/2 inch square pieces.
Keep chopping until you have filled your 8X8 Pyrex just over half way full.
Pour a 1/2 cup lemon juice over the zucchini. Sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon nutmeg over the zucchini. You have now convinced the zucchini that it is apples.
Now, you can use your favorite crisp topping. I used 1 cup flour, 1 cup oats, 1 cup brown sugar, sifted together, and cut in with 1 stick of butter.
Bake at 375 for a half an hour, and, voila!, you have zucchini-thinks-its-apples crisp.
Here it is:

And for tomorrow...come back to see what kind of identity confusion I can inflict on the poor zucchini as a main dish.

And, while I'm waiting for the pictures to upload...I have included a pic of one, ah, incident that occured while we were painting the floor of the playroom. I will show you pics of that as soon as we get the wall thingys back on. But anyway, this pic? Is a mix of a dad who wasn't thinking about the two year old who wasn't thinking either.


Anonymous said...

Joce-you can make pepperoni for your pizza with zucchini too..."zucchini-roni." Use some red pepper flakes, italian seasoning, garlic and olive oil mix it up and dip thin sliced zucchini into and put on your pizza...yum! Just don't overlap them they get soggy on your pizza.

manda said...

i love all these crazy zucchini ideas!! i think i might just have to try the zucchini crisp.

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