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    Mamma2004 is offline Platinum level (1000+ posts)
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    Default ZUCCHINI recipes!

    Now that our garden is finally producing, we are inundated with zucchini and I would love some new ideas for ways to use it!

    With such a short season here in New England, I really want to take advantage of the opportunity to try our fresh zucchini in a variety of dishes. I look forward to your suggestions!

    Thanks so much,

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    Default Zucchini bread

    A few years ago I was gifted a giant zucchini by my FIL. I made 8 loaves of zucchini bread with it; here's the recipe.

    3 cups flour (I usually mix both white and whole wheat in some proportion.)
    1 cup sugar
    1 cup light brown sugar
    2 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1/2 tsp ground cardammom
    1/2 cup chopped walnuts
    1 cup canola oil
    1/2 cup tomato juice
    4 eggs
    2 cups grated zucchini, water sqeezed out first

    Preheat oven to 350°F.
    Grease 2 9 x 5 bread pans.
    In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, cardammom, baking soda, and walnuts together. Set aside.
    In a separate mixing bowl, mix together the oil, tomato juice, eggs, and zucchini.
    Add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix until just blended.
    Pour into loaf pans and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
    Cool and enjoy!
    This freezes well. After the loaf has cooled, remove from pan, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, then foil. Label and date (so you don't have a mystery brick in the freezer), and pop in the freezer. Yum!
    Jen, mom to
    Elliot (8/2/05) and
    Lexi (5/19/07)
    "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." --John Lennon

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    kimbe is offline Platinum level (1000+ posts)
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    Default RE: ZUCCHINI brownies


    1/2 cup butter
    2 1/2 cups flour
    1/2 cups cooking oil
    1 3/4 cups sugar
    2 eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1/2 cup buttermilk
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 cups cocoa
    2 cups grated zucchini

    Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
    Cream together butter, oil, and sugar. add eggs one at a time. Blend in vanilla and buttermilk. In another bowl, mix dry ingredients. Add to batter, mix thoroughly, add zucchini by hand until zucchini is mixed in well.

    Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until done.

    These are really good --- more cake-like though.


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    Mommy_Again is offline Platinum level (1000+ posts)
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    Default zucchini casserole

    a great side dish


    3 c zucchini, sliced thin and quartered (about 2 whole zucchini)
    1 c Bisquick mix
    ½ c chopped onion
    ½ c parmesan cheese
    ½ c cooking oil
    4 eggs
    3 tbs parsley
    ½ tsp salt
    ½ tsp pepper
    ½ tsp oregano
    Dash lemon pepper
    Dash garlic powder

    -Preheat over to 325 degrees
    -Mix all ingredients in a large bowl
    -Pour into greased 10 inch pie plate
    -Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown and firm.
    -Let cool slightly and slice in wedges to serve. Good hot or cold.
    DS 2003
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    Default RE: ZUCCHINI recipes!

    Epicurious has an awesome rosemary/zucchini soup that I've done a couple of times. I revised it to add chunks of potato as well as the pureed potatoes, but otherwise cooked it as suggested (you can look at the reviews for more ideas). The recipe is really not that difficult to revise, depending on what else you have. Also, Allrecipes has a great zucchini pineapple bread that I've made quite a few of (with some in my freezer as I type), that has gotten lots of positive comments from people.

    Eileen 28 months... for Leah

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    Default RE: ZUCCHINI recipes!

    These are yummy...and I'm not a huge zucchini fan.

    Cinnamon-Frosted Zucchini Squares
    1 3/4 c. flour
    1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
    3/4 c. butter
    1/2 c. sugar
    1/2 c. packed brown sugar
    2 eggs
    1 tsp. vanilla
    2 c. shredded zucchini
    1 c. coconut
    3/4 c. chopped walnuts
    cinnamon frosting

    In a small mixing bowl, stir together flour and baking powder. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with mixer for 30 seconds. Add sugars; beat until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat well. Stir in flour mixture. Stir in zucchini, coconut and walnuts. Spread evenly in a greased 9x13-inch dish. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Drizzle with cinnamon frosting. Cut into bars.

    Cinnamon Frosting: In a large bowl, beat 2 c. sifted powdered sugar, 2 tbsp. milk, 2 tbsp. butter--melted, 1 tsp. ground cinnamon and 1 tsp. vanilla until smooth.

    ETA: you probably already know this, but you can freeze it and use it throughout the year.


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    Default RE: ZUCCHINI recipes!

    Zucchini Soup - super easy and tasty with cornbread
    6 cups sliced zucchini
    1 cup water
    2tbl onion flakes
    2 tsp season salt
    1tsp parsley
    4tsp chx stock
    -Cook above till tender, then mix in:
    4tbl butter
    4tbl flour
    1/2 tsp pepper
    1-2 strips crumpled crispy bacon
    -Liquify well in blender in batches. Finish by re-heating, adding milk to the consistency you like.

    Double Chocolate Zuchinni Bread
    (makes 2 loaves)
    3 eggs
    1 3/4 c sugar
    1c cooking oil (I used 1/2 oil, 1/2 applesauce)
    2tsp vanilla
    2c grated zuchinni
    1oz unsweetened chocolate - melted
    3c flour
    1tsp salt
    2tsp soda
    1tsp baking powder
    1tsp cinnamon
    1/2 tsp nutmeg
    1pkg (4oz) intant chocolate pudding
    1 1/4c buttermilk
    -Beat eggs slightly, add sugar and mix well; add oil and chocolate and vanilla, mixing well. Stir in grated zucchini. Combine all dry ingred. including choc pudding powder and add to mixture alternately with buttermilk. Pour into greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 for approx 1hour and 15minutes or until done when tested. Can be frozen when completely cooled.

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    Mamma2004 is offline Platinum level (1000+ posts)
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    Default RE: ZUCCHINI recipes!

    Thanks to all of you for your suggestions. As soon as this heat wave ends and I can bear to use my oven, I'll get started on your recipes!

    Please continue to share any ways you all enjoy zucchini!


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    kijip is offline Pink Diamond level (15,000+ posts)
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    Default RE: ZUCCHINI recipes!

    Slice it really thin. Saute lightly in oil and garlic on the stove. Or marinate in the fridge in whatever floats your boat. Then use as a pizza topping. I love thick layers of this with tomato and mushroom on a pizza! Better than pepperoni, I swear!
    Katie, mama to a pair of boys.

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    Default RE: ZUCCHINI recipes!

    >ETA: you probably already know this, but you can freeze it and
    >use it throughout the year.


    Thanks, I didn't know this! I'm glad you posted this, as my FIL just gave me 2 large (3+ lbs) zucchinis, and I just don't have it in me this year to do all that baking at once. I now have 6 cups of shredded zuke in the freezer for later, and only 1 giant zucchini to deal with this week. :)
    Jen, mom to
    Elliot (8/2/05) and
    Lexi (5/19/07)
    "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." --John Lennon

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