Thursday, July 29, 2010

What to Do When You Grow Some Freaky Zucchini

We scored this year with some wonderful veggies in our garden. Specifically, we grew some zucchini and it was definitely very happy with the soil (or something) this year. Not knowing a lot about yellow zucchini growing, we just chanced it. Had a little battered squash blossoms a few weeks back, and then voila - the biggest squash this side of the Junction we've ever seen!

So, what can you do with 3 large zucchinis? So far, we've made Zucchini Mint Balls, Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes, and Zucchini Chard Quiche.
Since i had to improvise and tweak a non-vegan zucchini croquette recipe (source: The Vegetable Dishes I Can't Live Without) to make this my own, i thought i would share it with you. They turned out quite lovely - simple, fresh, and summery.

Zucchini Mint Balls
1 large yellow zucchini (or 2 regular size ones), chopped roughly
1 cup fresh mint leaves
3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup fresh chives
1 cup bread crumbs - Japanese Panko ones are a nice touch!
1/2 nutritional yeast
1 tbsp olive oil + some for fry pan

1) Place zucchini, mint, and cloves in food processor and chop until fine and combined.
2) Place in bowl and then add chives, bread crumbs, yeast and 1 tbsp of oil. Mix with spatula lightly until well combined.
3) Using a medium fr pan, heat on medium with some oil. When nice and hot, shape rounded tsps of batter and place in pan. Press down lightly so that they turn more into patties or dumplings ( i am so terrible and keeping things into precise balls!) Cook for about 3 minutes and then gently turn over and fry other side until all is golden brown.
4) Transfer onto plate with some paper towels to absorb excess oil and serve warm.

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Blogger affectioknit said...

YUM! I love zucchini!

4:25 PM  

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