Recipes A to Z....."Z" is for Zucchini
The Versatility of Zucchini
Zucchini can not only be served by itself, it can be combined with just about anything. In baking, it adds moisture to breads, cakes, and casseroles. The recipes included in this Hub are pineapple zucchini bread, chocolate zucchini cake, zucchini, corn and tomato (a side dish), Italian zucchini (a side dish), and a casserole. Enjoy!
I have made this delicious bread and always get raves. It makes 2 large loaves or 4 small loaves.
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup applesauce
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups shredded zucchini
1 can (81/4 oz), crushed pineapple, well-drained
1 cup raisins
1 cup nuts
Beat eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla in bowl until thick. Combine flour, soda, salt, baking powder and spices together in another bowl, then stir into the wet mixture. Add remaining ingredients.
Pour into greased 5 X 9 inch loaf pans and bake 350 degrees F for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. You can use 4 small greased pans for about 45 minutes.
Wrap in foil when cool. Keep in refrigerator or freeze.
Chocolate Zucchini Cake
I have made this cake with carob powder instead of cocoa powder, because my daughter is allergic to chocolate, and it is very good.
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup soft butter or margarine
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
2 cups coarsely shredded zucchini
1/2 cup milk
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Glaze (recipe follows)
Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside. With a rotary beater, beat together the butter and sugar until smoothly blended. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
With a spoon, stir in the vanilla, orange peel and zucchini. Alternately, stir in the dry ingredients and the milk into the zucchini mixture, including the nuts, with the last addition. Pour into a greased and floured 10 inch tube pan or bundt pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about an hour, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes.
Turn out on wire rack to cool thoroughly. Drizzle glaze over cake. Cut in thin slices to serve. Makes 10-12 servings.
2 cups confectioners sugar
3 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix sugar and milk together and add vanilla. Beat until smooth.
Zucchini, Corn and Tomato
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 lb. unpared zucchini, sliced
1 small onion, sliced
1/2 cup diced green pepper
1/4 cup water
2/3 cup diced fresh tomato
1 1/2 cups frozen whole kernel corn
Heat oil in heavy skillet. Saute zucchini, onion and pepper until limp. Add water, tomato and corn. Cover and cook 5 minutes or until zucchini is tender. Do not overcook. Season with salt and pepper. Serves 8.
4 slices bacon
1 cup sliced onion
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon oregano leaves, crushed
1/4 teaspoon basil leaves, crushed
1 can condensed tomato soup (10 3/4 oz)
1/4 cup water
4 medium size zucchini (about 2 lbs.) cut into 1/2 inch slices
Grated Parmesan cheese
In skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove and crumble. Pour off all but 2 Tablespoons drippings. Cook onion with garlic and spices in drippings until tender. Add soup, water and zucchini. Cover and cook over low heat 20 minutes or until zucchini is tender. Stir occasionally. Garnish with bacon and cheese. Makes about 5 1/2 cups.
2 lb. zucchini (sliced)
3 large carrots (sliced)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 can water
1 cup sour cream
3/4 stick of melted butter (6 Tablespoons)
2/3 box onion-garlic croutons
Parboil zucchini in salted water for 6-7 minutes. Drain. Combine soup, water, sour cream and butter. Pour over zucchini and carrots and mix.
Spread 2/3 box of croutons in bottom of casserole baking dish. Spread zucchini-carrot mixture over croutons. Sprinkle rest of croutons in box on top and bake in 350 degree F oven for 25 minutes.
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