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2012-08-29 12:18:08 PM
Slice into quarters lengthwise. Marinate for at least 8 hours in Italian dressing, maybe with a bit of extra olive oil. Grill. Yum.
 
2012-08-29 12:18:56 PM

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.


This is the only way I cook broccoli now. I do throw some parm and a touch of lemon juice on it. Even my kids eat it.
 
2012-08-29 12:21:17 PM

miss diminutive: Coco LaFemme: 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.

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.

My childhood is punctuated with memories of defiantly crying at the dinner table while being told I wouldn't be able to leave until I ate all my boiled or steamed brussels sprouts. I often shudder when I walk past them in the grocery store.


Hehe how familiar that cry must be. I could leave the table but desert was out, so it was swallowing (little chewing) and tomato sauce to the rescue. I think I am still damaged, but I shall try the oven method...maybe.

My mum didn't like mushrooms, I was 17 years old before I finally appreciated their deliciousness and confronted my mum over it - "Oh I don't like them", I turned to Dad who said "I do, but" he shrugged and looked meaningfully at mum, who blushed a little and looked a microscopically amount ashamed.

I luv how one's taste changes as one develops experience and sophistication - my dream dish is curry gong-gong (a shell fish) totally impossible to find or buy where I live now, but oh it put oysters and abalone to shame (miss my island home - mind you being a vege these days I might not enjoy it as much :(
 
2012-08-29 12:21:46 PM

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.


I've found that the broccoli stalks are good too, if you peel them. Take the outer layer off, and slice the center into circles. They kind of taste like water chestnuts to me. But you have to get that tough outer layer off.
 
2012-08-29 12:22:56 PM
3 zucchini, sliced into round chips
1 cup of fresh kale, minced
1/2 cup oyster sauce
1/4 cup green olives, diced
1 1/2 cup water

Combine these ingredients and bring to a strong boil, adding a dash of sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Let simmer for 3-4 minutes. Then drain and set aside.

1 bell pepper, finely diced
1 medium white onion, finely diced
1 jalapeno or serrano pepper, de-seeded and sliced into strips

In a skillet, heat 2 tsp olive oil with minced garlic. When garlic is light brown, add peppers and onion. Stir for 1 minute. Then add the ingredients you boiled above. Stir for another 3-4 minutes. Serve over brown rice with soy sauce.
 
2012-08-29 12:23:10 PM
Presumably you drown it in some sauce that takes that nasty taste of zucchini right out of it.
 
2012-08-29 12:23:34 PM

Lundyn: 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.


Beets are the only vegetable I loathe. I've eaten them boiled, roasted, sauteed, out of the can and heated up in a pot....can't stand them. I always figure, if I don't like the vegetable initially, maybe it's the way it was prepared, and I'll try it some other way. I have yet to be served beets in a way that made them remotely palatable.

Another vegetable I think gets a bad rap are leeks. Mild onion flavor, and I like to roast them with potatoes sometimes. If you've ever had a vichyssoise, you've eaten leeks. Also, if you want to make mashed potatoes a little more jazzed up, add a couple parsnips to them. Very yummy.
 
2012-08-29 12:23:47 PM
cut into coins
use olive oil chopped onions garlic and parmisian cheese lotts o cheese
 
2012-08-29 12:23:51 PM
My favorite preparation is sliced transparent thin longways on a mandolin because there are two things I love to cook that way. The first is to just take them and immediatly toss them in panko that has been given an ever so slight spin in the food processor to make it stick better and then immediatly drop them in either a deep fryer or a pan of hot oil
The second thing I like to do is season them with salt pepper and oil and use them to wrap meat or seafood for roasting.
 
2012-08-29 12:24:10 PM
This thread is making me hungry!
 
2012-08-29 12:25:53 PM

Coco LaFemme: Lundyn: 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.

Beets are the only vegetable I loathe. I've eaten them boiled, roasted, sauteed, out of the can and heated up in a pot....can't stand them. I always figure, if I don't like the vegetable initially, maybe it's the way it was prepared, and I'll try it some other way. I have yet to be served beets in a way that made them remotely palatable.

Another vegetable I think gets a bad rap are leeks. Mild onion flavor, and I like to roast them with potatoes sometimes. If you've ever had a vichyssoise, you've eaten leeks. Also, if you want to make mashed potatoes a little more jazzed up, add a couple parsnips to them. Very yummy.


I actually like putting leeks in the crock pot when I make pork roast, or even on a salad. Beets, on the other hand, can burn in hell.
 
2012-08-29 12:26:42 PM

Explodo: Keep in mind that squashes are fruits, not vegetables. All comparisons to vegetables is comparing apples to oranges.


I thought apples and oranges were both fruit?
 
2012-08-29 12:27:55 PM

Lundyn: Coco LaFemme: Lundyn: 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.

Beets are the only vegetable I loathe. I've eaten them boiled, roasted, sauteed, out of the can and heated up in a pot....can't stand them. I always figure, if I don't like the vegetable initially, maybe it's the way it was prepared, and I'll try it some other way. I have yet to be served beets in a way that made them remotely palatable.

Another vegetable I think gets a bad rap are leeks. Mild onion flavor, and I like to roast them with potatoes sometimes. If you've ever had a vichyssoise, you've eaten leeks. Also, if you want to make mashed potatoes a little more jazzed up, add a couple parsnips to them. Very yummy.

I actually like putting leeks in the crock pot when I make pork roast, or even on a salad. Beets, on the other hand, can burn in hell.


I'm going to have to try that. Never thought to use leeks when I cook in the crock pot.
 
2012-08-29 12:28:00 PM
Olive oil (or lard or bacon grease), garlic, onion, and some roasting make pretty much any vegetable better. Steaming/boiling is just about the worst thing you can do.
 
2012-08-29 12:29:01 PM

miss diminutive: Coco LaFemme: 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.

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.

My childhood is punctuated with memories of defiantly crying at the dinner table while being told I wouldn't be able to leave until I ate all my boiled or steamed brussels sprouts. I often shudder when I walk past them in the grocery store.


^ This. I think for me, it's a texture thing. I also can't handle eating lettuce that is wilted or cooked. I love raw spinach in a salad, but cook it, and I won't go near it.
 
2012-08-29 12:29:43 PM

Coco LaFemme: Lundyn: Coco LaFemme: Lundyn: 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.

Beets are the only vegetable I loathe. I've eaten them boiled, roasted, sauteed, out of the can and heated up in a pot....can't stand them. I always figure, if I don't like the vegetable initially, maybe it's the way it was prepared, and I'll try it some other way. I have yet to be served beets in a way that made them remotely palatable.

Another vegetable I think gets a bad rap are leeks. Mild onion flavor, and I like to roast them with potatoes sometimes. If you've ever had a vichyssoise, you've eaten leeks. Also, if you want to make mashed potatoes a little more jazzed up, add a couple parsnips to them. Very yummy.

I actually like putting leeks in the crock pot when I make pork roast, or even on a salad. Beets, on the other hand, can burn in hell.

I'm going to have to try that. Never thought to use leeks when I cook in the crock pot.


Yeah I'm not a huge onion fan, but the leeks actually give it just enough flavor.
 
2012-08-29 12:31:56 PM
Beets and goat cheese go together. Roast the beets, peel, cut them up then toss into a salad with red lettuce, walnuts, goat cheese, etc...

The goat cheese cuts that grassy flavor they get sometimes. Plus, it looks like you have rectal cancer when you poop the next day. WHAT THE HELL IS- Oh, right. Ate beets yesterday.
 
2012-08-29 12:32:09 PM
also, fresh from J Biel's tw@t is nice
 
2012-08-29 12:32:45 PM
I have a chocolate cake recipe using 2 cups grated zucchini that has tricked many years of children into eating it.
 
2012-08-29 12:33:27 PM
Don't cook the sh*t out of it until it's colorless mush like your parents and grandparents did? That goes for asparagus, too
 
2012-08-29 12:33:33 PM
I agree with the pro-roasting contingent. Butter and/or oil, salt, pepper AND a little red pepper flakes and garlic (or garlic powder)

I also do that to asparagus, broccoli et al.
 
2012-08-29 12:33:44 PM
Zucchini Bread and more than that, Zucchini bread french toast.

So good you'll punch your mother.
 
2012-08-29 12:34:28 PM
Slice it into thin circles along with some sliced squash, put in tin foil, add salt, salt pepper and butter, put on grill. Eat when soft and the butter is running melted goodness.

Thank me later.
 
2012-08-29 12:34:38 PM
None of you poor zucchini-hating souls grew up with a good Italian cook. Do this after a spaghetti night with homemade tomato sauce, or buy some of the Rinaldi low-salt jarred sauce.

Cut the zucchini into circles. Olive oil in a hot pan with lots of finely chopped garlic, and diced onion (one onion is usually all you need for a large panful of zucchini). Saute garlic and onion until transluscent. Add zucchini circles and a little water (about 1/2 cup), cover tightly for about five minutes to steam the zucchini (softened but not fully cooked). Add GOOD tomato sauce until the zucchini is reddish but not swimming in sauce. Leave uncovered and cook, stirring occasionally, on medium heat until the zucchini is done to taste and most of the liquid has simmered away. Serve with good parmesean cheese.
 
2012-08-29 12:35:44 PM
How about a zucchini desert...

2 boxes of instant pistachio pudding. Follow instructions on the box but substitute white wine for half of the milk. That is, if the box calls for 2 cups of milk, use 1 cup of milk and 1 cup white wine.

2 zucchini, peeled and finely shredded
1/2 cup of grapes
1/2 cup chopped pineapple
2 tbsp grated ginger
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Mix the grapes, pineapple and ginger into the pudding. Top with the shredded zucchini and chopped nuts. Chill for an hour. Serve with whipped cream.
 
2012-08-29 12:35:58 PM

MaxxLarge: 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.


Or, you could blanch the broccoli for a minute, then mix it with a touch of olive oil, salt, pepper, breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese, spread that whole mixture out on an already-heated cookie sheet (put the sheet in the oven while it's pre-heating), sprinkle on a little more parmesan and breadcrumbs then put it in the oven at 450 for 10-15 minutes (or in my case, until the damn smoke alarm goes off) and voila...crispy parmesan broccoli heaven.
 
2012-08-29 12:37:42 PM
Also, split zucchini in half, scoop out the seeds and then mix up some ricotta, mozzarella, chopped basil, garlic, salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice and throw that in the zucchini halves. Bake until the cheese starts to brown (350 will work) and enjoy.
 
2012-08-29 12:38:55 PM
I just came here to say that raw zucchini, and especially raw summer squash, makes me physically ill in a way that no other food does. I actually like the taste of these things, but a big plate of "zucchini carpaccio" had me doubled over in pain and wanting to go pull the trigger for several hours. Incredible. I've done a little internet research and this is apparently a bit of a thing, but there isn't a lot of information out there about it.
 
2012-08-29 12:40:50 PM
kawarthacsa.com

The pattypan squash. 'Nuff said.

/there's a French variety that's just amazing...can't think of the name....they grow beautifully in my garden..delish
 
2012-08-29 12:41:30 PM

Lundyn: beets are absolutely repulsive.


Beets are delicious in all forms. Roasted, pickled, pureed... love 'em.
 
2012-08-29 12:43:29 PM

Shostie: I like zucchini...


SHUT YOUR WHORE MOUTH!!

I keed
 
2012-08-29 12:44:07 PM
www.bbqfans.com
 
2012-08-29 12:44:30 PM
Cut into coins, place in tin foil with sesame oil, salt, and possibly some herbs that go with other things in the meal.

Grill or bake as available. Or just saute and skip the tin foil. Make sure to save one to give to any algae eater fish you have in your fish tank (if you're a fish person).


/How do people not like Zucchini?
 
2012-08-29 12:44:54 PM

alywa: Lundyn: beets are absolutely repulsive.

Beets are delicious in all forms. Roasted, pickled, pureed... love 'em.


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2012-08-29 12:45:37 PM
Beets are also delicious. Cube them and roast them with some carrots, turnips, potatos, whatever root vegetables you like in olive oil and a little salt a pepper. Eat them just like that or cool it and toss with some chopped nuts and feta or goat cheese, and a sauce made from olive oil, dijon mustard, and a little red wine vinegar. (You might need to add some sugar or other sweetener to the dressing.)

If you choose the right collection of root vegetables, it'll have some great colors and the basic roasted veggies is a good dish for the middle of winter.
 
2012-08-29 12:47:52 PM
I LOVE raw zucchini. I just take a potato peeler to them. Start by peeling them into a bowl, but just keep peeling the entire zucchini away. You end up with a bowlful of curly, flat zucchini "spaghetti". I eat it just like that with dressing, or better yet, pile them on top of a salad like they were sprouts. It's best with Asian-style dressing, like toasted sesame or peanut tamari. Yum yum yum.
 
2012-08-29 12:49:15 PM

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: I've seen a couple of chicks on the internet who reeeeeaaallllly love zuchinis; four or five at a time, they love them.


There once was this attractive young lady by the name of Jana Irrova who really seemed to know her way around fresh fruits and vegetables.

/and I do mean "around"
 
2012-08-29 12:50:22 PM
Zucchini brownies.

Very tasty, but I like zucchini anyways. Good way to get veggies into kids or adults that won't eat veggies. Yes - it also means they are going to eat fat and sugar, but they were going to eat that anyways, weren't they???

Baked goodness
 
2012-08-29 12:53:03 PM

minoridiot: Good zucchini? Slice (accross into circles) and sautee in butter and salt until tender. Lots of butter -- that's the French way.


Agreed, except I like olive oil better than salt. In any case, the trick is to not overcook it. Once it gets too mushy, it's ruined.

I actually like it just fine raw too, with a little soy sauce to dip it in.
 
2012-08-29 12:53:36 PM

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.


I never have much luck growing it. I try every year, but I only get a few zuccinni from each before the grubs kill the plant in late early july. I am going to try row covers next year since I don't use pesticides,
 
2012-08-29 12:53:36 PM
There are many in this thread who will not grow up big and strong.

/Also, quite a few who don't like vegetables.
 
2012-08-29 12:58:32 PM

MaxxLarge: 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.



Works for cauliflower too. It's like popcorn!
 
2012-08-29 12:58:39 PM
Zucchini is AMAZING, as are most vegetables when not simply boiled or steamed to death.

Lots of people have been discussing brussels sprouts too- here's my recipe.

Melt some butter in a pan.

Cut the sprouts in half. Fry them in the butter in a covered pan about 15 mins. They'll get good and crispy and deeeelish.

Add a little chicken stock, toss in some cauliflower florets. Sautee them until soft, then toss the sprouts and cauliflower with some crumbled bacon and voila! Most amazing brussels sprouts you've ever eaten.

Made turkey and orzo stuffed spaghetti squash last weekend too. I know what I'm doing when it comes to vegetables. Oh yeah, you like that? MMMMMmmmmyou like that....

/beware anyone who buys cucumbers and condoms in the same shopping trip
 
2012-08-29 12:58:56 PM
Zucchini: cheaper than a dildo and you have a healthy snack afterward

/many, many ways to prepare delicious zuchinni and only an idiot would confuse it with a cucumber.
 
2012-08-29 12:59:08 PM
There are very few veggies I don't like.
Zucchini? Basil, oregano, salt, pepper, drizzle of olive oil, grill. Om nom nom.
 
2012-08-29 01:01:00 PM
My brother's MIL once gave us what she was like Apple crisp, but wouldn't confirm if there was actually apples in it. "Try it!", she said. Tried it, decided the texture was a bit off for it being real apple. She then told us it was zucchini.

Good thing she's nice to my sibling.

/don't eat food she brings anymore
//zucchini bread is okay
 
2012-08-29 01:01:14 PM
Do most of you not live in an area with a good Italian restaurant, or even a halfway-decent Italian sandwich place? I can understand hatred of cauliflower, or broccoli, but zucchini seems quite inoffensive to me.
 
2012-08-29 01:02:05 PM
JackieRabbit Zucchini: cheaper than a dildo and you have a healthy snack afterward

/many, many ways to prepare delicious zuchinni and only an idiot would confuse it with a cucumber.


Madam, your timing is impeccable. See my previous statement.


Also, grilled zucchini halves chopped up go perfect in some angel hair pasta tossed with sauteed garlic, olive oil and lemon zest.
 
2012-08-29 01:05:56 PM
And why the hell doesn't fark have a food tab


WHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY??
 
2012-08-29 01:06:42 PM

sweetmelissa31: dittybopper: Oh, that's simple: Feed the zucchini to a cow, then eat the cow.

You are so manly.


I know.
 
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