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2012-08-29 11:52:19 AM
Zucchini is pretty much taste neutral. It just takes on the flavor of whatever sauce/condiment/seasoning you put on it.
 
2012-08-29 11:52:19 AM
I find zucchini rather banal, not much flavor until you grill it or sautee it with other seasonings. Other veggies, like broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, bell peppers, cucumbers, radish all have distinct flavors that I can enjoy raw, not so much with zucchini. I like to saute zucchini in a little olive oil, with garlic and mushrooms and put it into my spaghetti sauce, or grilled with olive oil and sea salt.
 
2012-08-29 11:52:21 AM
You know how you grow zucchini in the Midwest? Throw the seeds over your shoulder and RUN!
 
2012-08-29 11:52:43 AM

Coco LaFemme: Brussels sprouts are amazing, and I've found that the majority of people who don't like them ate them boiled, which causes them to get all gray, mushy and nasty.


Hate to keep harping on the roasting thing, but she's right. This is the ONLY way I still make brussels sprouts at home anymore. Olive oil. Salt. Pepper. Roast at 400° for 30 minutes. Takes all the bitterness out, and all you're left with is awesome. I eat these first, and THEN tackle the meat.
 
2012-08-29 11:53:42 AM

Lorelle: Fried zucchini anything is awesome.

 
2012-08-29 11:54:06 AM

Explodo: I dislike all squash except some cucumbers and pickles.


Ah! You're missing out. I love squash season: roasted butternut squash curry, stuffed pumpkin, spaghetti squash with Parmesan, stuffed acorn squash...
 
2012-08-29 11:54:45 AM
Not to go all Bubba Gump, but this summer I have made zucchini bread, zucchini pickles, zucchini lasagna, sauteed zucchini, zucchini pancakes, zucchini leek soup...

It is a perfectly good food, very abundant and easy to grow. And full of nutrients.
 
2012-08-29 11:55:21 AM

MaxxLarge: Screw you all. Vegetables are f*cking awesome. In fact, I'm gonna roast me a few heads of fresh broccoli for dinner tonight.

For the enlightened, you should really try this sometime. All you do is cut off the woody bits, separate the florets, then toss them in a generous amount of a good olive oil. Spread the stuff out on a cookie sheet, and salt/pepper to taste. Then put the whole shebang in a 400° oven for about a half-hour. Ir's done when the tips are just a little bit crispy.

If you've never done this before, it's a goddamned revelation. Best broccoli you've ever had. Roasting really brings out the natural glutamates, so you won't even need to butter it.

This works for just about ANY green vegetable, actually. I also do it with green beans, asparagus, and ESPECIALLY brussels sprouts. Oh my GOD, brussels sprouts are fantastic roasted.

Seriously. Try this. You'll thank me.


Except for using olive oil, I agree with you. I usually go for canola for roasting, but other oils work well (I never cook with olive oil, it's a fresh oil in my mind). I've done a huge batch of shredded brussels sprouts with duck fat, and that was the best roasted vegetable I've ever made. Bacon grease works well too, but duck fat is king.
 
2012-08-29 11:57:08 AM
The only way zucchini is edible:

www.thenextbarstool.com
 
2012-08-29 11:57:31 AM
How the hell do you mistake a zucchini for a cucumber?!

And the best way to eat a zucchini is raw. Cut them up into little zucchini sticks and dip them into your favorite sauce/dressing.
 
2012-08-29 11:58:41 AM
minoridiot: "Good zucchini? Slice (accross into circles) and sautee in butter and salt until tender. Lots of butter -- that's the French way."

THIS.
zucchini is farking delicious.

/ batter frying is also acceptable
 
2012-08-29 11:58:56 AM

miss diminutive: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Pocket Ninja: Zucchini is part of a vegetable Axis of Evil that includes, also, spinach and cauliflower.

All of those pale in comparison to the Hitler of the vegetable world: broccoli.

Which pales in comparison the Judas Von Hitler of the vegetable underworld: brussels sprouts

I actually really like zucchini and, like the article says, growing it is basically idiot proof.


Brussel sprouts,gag me with a maggot.My wife loves them,I call them the Jolly Green Giant's balls.
Our patty pan squash is about ready to pick.Squash fritters next week,yeah.
 
2012-08-29 11:59:52 AM
I slice them into coins, then put them into a pressure cooker for about 2-3 minutes.

That's it. I do summer squash the same way.
 
2012-08-29 12:00:00 PM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Explodo: I dislike all squash except some cucumbers and pickles.

Ah! You're missing out. I love squash season: roasted butternut squash curry, stuffed pumpkin, spaghetti squash with Parmesan, stuffed acorn squash...


This. And more of this.

Acorn squash, halved, guts removed. Poke flesh with fork. Put a pat of butter in each half. Sprinke with brown sugar. Or drizzle with honey. Or maple syrup - real, not crap. Bake. Om nom nom...
 
2012-08-29 12:00:05 PM
Yeah, right. I had some zucchini in Italy that was to die for. If you pick it from your own garden and cook it five minutes later, it's delicious.
 
2012-08-29 12:00:15 PM
Mix sliced zucchini, summer squash, onion, and a can stewed tomatoes in a pot with parmesan cheese and butter.

Delicious!
 
2012-08-29 12:00:33 PM
Stuffed zucchini = delicious. Also, garlic roasted broccoli and cauliflower with lemon zest and parmesan is ungodly good. Roasted asparagus is crazy good. Carrot souffle also delicious.

Too bad so many Americans don't like and eat enough vegetables. Maybe if we collectively put down a rack of BBq'd ribs and picked up more fruits and veggies we wouldn't be so goddamn fat.

/Loves me some BBQ ribs
//I make better BBQ ribs, brisket, or pulled pork than any BBQ restaurant I've ever been to.
 
2012-08-29 12:01:07 PM
One word: curry!

I hated zucchini, eggplant etc. until I ate a proper South Asian "brinjal" curry. Somehow the spice magic works wonder on these. That applies to courgette/zucchini as well as aubergine/eggplant, and other gourd-like vegetables that you only find in Indian shops.

Also, if you think zucchini are bad, try the bitter gourd someday - even in curry, I still can't eat the stuff.
 
2012-08-29 12:01:33 PM
The secret to making zucchini taste good consists of the following:

1. Do anything you want

Raw, sauted, baked, grilled, I don't care. I love zucchini. Eat it all the time.
 
2012-08-29 12:01:47 PM
My grandmother always shredded it and put it in muffins... *shrug*
 
2012-08-29 12:02:25 PM
Philistines.

Take a medium Zucchini, cut it in half long ways. Salted
Scoop out seeds and softer bits, retaining a bit to add to the filling.

What filling you say? Any damn filling

I use hot italian sausage, ground pork, tomato paste mixed together with some cheese heated in a sauce pan and then spooned into the zuch canoe until heated through, then then cheese on the top under the broiler until melty.

My wife uses rissoto, some basil, chicken with a bit of softer cheese.

Mine look something like this:

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Thing is it is great for using up leftovers.
 
2012-08-29 12:03:17 PM
I shall also side with the pro-zucchinist faction. They're great for grilling.
 
2012-08-29 12:04:02 PM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat:
I firmly believe that there's a whole generation out there who grew up eating shiattily prepared vegetables.


Agreed. My wife actually still tries to get up to eat peas out of the can. I won't touch them and neither will the kids. But fresh peas in the steamer go down just fine.

She is always ready to boil the veggies to death, I prefer the steamer any chance I get.
 
2012-08-29 12:05:00 PM
Treat it like any other veggie, cut it into strips salt,pepper and olive oil then grill.
 
2012-08-29 12:05:13 PM
Sounds to me like there are a lot of precious snowflakes here who didn't get served veggies when they were little.
 
2012-08-29 12:05:14 PM

halfof33: Mine look something like this:

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Yup. That's what I do. It works well with rich flavours.
 
2012-08-29 12:05:18 PM
I'll throw out the same suggestion of cutting it into 1/4 inch thick planks, coat it with oil, salt, pepper and crushed garlic then grill it over charcoal.
 
2012-08-29 12:05:30 PM
Sliced longways and deep fried until mushy and served with ranch.

bemis23: Stuffed zucchini = delicious. Also, garlic roasted broccoli and cauliflower with lemon zest and parmesan is ungodly good. Roasted asparagus is crazy good. Carrot souffle also delicious.

Too bad so many Americans don't like and eat enough vegetables.


Zucchini is ass on its own, that's the problem. Steamed or sauteed/stirfried broccoli, grilled asparagus, baked stuffed bell peppers, sauteed bell peppers/onions, stewed carrots and pearl onions, etc are all great and yummy. Zucchini, not to much. I've seen some people add it to mixed vegetable stirfry, but it just doesn't play well with onions, peppers, carrots, etc. imho
 
2012-08-29 12:05:59 PM

sandi_fish: BBQ


This.

Or in a stir fri.
 
2012-08-29 12:06:20 PM
Steamed, Fried, Grilled, Roasted, Baked...all good, boiled...not so much. This goes for most veggies and all forms of gourds (all forms of squash, pumpkins and such). Drizzle with lots of butter, and for many of them, lots of cheese. I also love a good Gumbo with many of these in it.

Of course, most people seem to hate one of my favorite veggies...Okra. Yummy. I find most people that don't like Okra had it steamed or boiled. (yech, how can you boil veggies :-(
 
2012-08-29 12:06:22 PM
I once heard a minister describe zucchini, squash and eggplant as "unholy vegetables". Got a big "AMEN!" out of me.
 
2012-08-29 12:06:38 PM

halfof33: Philistines.

Take a medium Zucchini, cut it in half long ways. Salted
Scoop out seeds and softer bits, retaining a bit to add to the filling.

What filling you say? Any damn filling

I use hot italian sausage, ground pork, tomato paste mixed together with some cheese heated in a sauce pan and then spooned into the zuch canoe until heated through, then then cheese on the top under the broiler until melty.

My wife uses rissoto, some basil, chicken with a bit of softer cheese.

Mine look something like this:

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Thing is it is great for using up leftovers.


I've made that many times, very tasty.
 
2012-08-29 12:06:42 PM

WhippingBoy: What part of the cow does the zucchini come from?


Cows don't have one but bulls do.... you figure it out ;)
 
2012-08-29 12:06:56 PM

MaxxLarge: Coco LaFemme: Brussels sprouts are amazing, and I've found that the majority of people who don't like them ate them boiled, which causes them to get all gray, mushy and nasty.

Hate to keep harping on the roasting thing, but she's right. This is the ONLY way I still make brussels sprouts at home anymore. Olive oil. Salt. Pepper. Roast at 400° for 30 minutes. Takes all the bitterness out, and all you're left with is awesome. I eat these first, and THEN tackle the meat.


I agree that roasted brussel sprouts are good, but I prefer to cook them in a pan. Cut them in half, then put saute them cut side down in a pan with butter and garlic. Awesome. That's the only way I make them these days.
 
2012-08-29 12:07:10 PM
I've seen a couple of chicks on the internet who reeeeeaaallllly love zuchinis; four or five at a time, they love them.
 
2012-08-29 12:07:28 PM
Where I grew up, you had to lock your car doors in Autumn, or you'd return to find your front seats full of zucchini.
 
2012-08-29 12:08:44 PM
Sautee in olive oil/butter mixture, salt and pepper, then toss with grated parmesan.
 
2012-08-29 12:08:56 PM
Toast/roast/grill/fry it has to involve slight burning. Just a sponge otherwise.
 
2012-08-29 12:09:00 PM
Zucchini in Italian is Cugoots. How can you hate something called Cugoots?

Zucchini bread is very good, though not quite as good as banana or date nut bread.

Zucchini soup is very good.

Zucchini slices lightly breaded and fried is very very good.

Thick zucchini strips breaded, fried and served with chicken wing fixings (sauce, bleu cheese, carrots and celery) is amazing. This works great with eggplant as well.

All of these are based on garden zucchini. Maybe zucchini from the supermarket just sucks.
 
2012-08-29 12:09:08 PM

halfof33: Philistines.

Take a medium Zucchini, cut it in half long ways. Salted
Scoop out seeds and softer bits, retaining a bit to add to the filling.

What filling you say? Any damn filling

I use hot italian sausage, ground pork, tomato paste mixed together with some cheese heated in a sauce pan and then spooned into the zuch canoe until heated through, then then cheese on the top under the broiler until melty.

My wife uses rissoto, some basil, chicken with a bit of softer cheese.

Mine look something like this:

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 400x300]

Thing is it is great for using up leftovers.



No to stuffed zucchini, yes to stuffed bell peppers:

www.simplyrecipes.com
 
2012-08-29 12:11:03 PM
Peel and puree 1/2 an eggplant with 16oz tomato sauce.. Add some curry powder, minced garlic, fresh ground pepper, and a pinch of oregano and basil. Mix in 1/2 cup heavy cream. Next, peel and dice two zucchini and add to the eggplant-tomato sauce puree. Add a handful of chopped hazelnuts.

In a casserole dish, add one box of penne or ziti type pasta. Stir in the puree. Top with sliced black olives, some cilantro and, if it's your thing, some sliced mushrooms. On top of that, sprinkle some mozzerella and romano or parmesan cheese and bake for 45 minutes.
 
2012-08-29 12:11:22 PM
Heat oven to 500...900 if possible
Cover zuke in oil..any oil.
Salt & pepper
Place on 12" x 16" piece of 5/8 particle board (don't use OSB)
Cook in oven for 48 hours.
Remove, discard the zuke and eat the particle board.
 
2012-08-29 12:11:56 PM
like this:

www.backofthebox.com

^I LIKE THIS^
 
2012-08-29 12:12:40 PM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Pocket Ninja: Zucchini is part of a vegetable Axis of Evil that includes, also, spinach and cauliflower.

All of those pale in comparison to the Hitler of the vegetable world: broccoli.


All y'all are wrong (except for zucchini). Brussels sprouts are the Ultimate Evil.
 
2012-08-29 12:12:43 PM
kalditastes.com

Otherwise, it's kinda meh.

I can eat it steamed, but only if I have a strong sauce with it, like a thick marinara.

// beets, OTOH, are inedible no matter the preparation.
 
2012-08-29 12:13:00 PM
I like zucchini. Fark you, subby.
 
2012-08-29 12:14:05 PM
Man, am I the only one that actually hates squash just because it tastes like shiat? I don't care about the texture really, all kinds of foods have all kinds of textures whatever - but squash just tastes frickin' nasty, barring the usual zuke bread exception. (And that's pretty much edible because it no longer tastes even remotely like zukes.)

Never understood the texture thing I guess, but nasty flavor... yep. Blech.
 
2012-08-29 12:14:27 PM

bhcompy: No to stuffed zucchini, yes to stuffed bell peppers:


I love peppers, except that way.

They are too soggy and have no texture.

You sholud chop those up and stuff them in zucchini!
 
2012-08-29 12:15:30 PM
Easy.

Slice into 1/4 inch thick disks. Steam briefly. Eat.

See how easy that is?
 
2012-08-29 12:17:05 PM

lordargent: [kalditastes.com image 400x300]

Otherwise, it's kinda meh.

I can eat it steamed, but only if I have a strong sauce with it, like a thick marinara.

// beets, OTOH, are inedible no matter the preparation.


beets are absolutely repulsive.
 
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