Zucchini or Italian Squash Layered with Flavors
Tasty crispy zucchini
Crispy Zucchini with White Chili
They Re-Branded Zucchini?
Has anyone else noted that the lowly zucchini has been re-named by the grocery store to Italian Squash? Just recently my husband pointed this out to me as we were in our local grocery store. Then I started watching, and yes, zucchini is now Italian Squash.
Maybe, the name zucchini is out of fashion with the foodistas and needed to be re-named by some branding expert? After all, prunes are no longer prunes. As of 2000 the California Prune Board re-branded them dried plums at the cost of $10 million dollars. No, seriously and here is the web site about the re-branding! http://archives.cnn.com/2000/FOOD/news/09/13/prunes.reut/
Here is an article on branding that I wrote too. When I am not sautéing zucchini I teach marketing! http://nmlady.hubpages.com/hub/Keys-to-Effective-Marketing
I will go old-style and call them zucchini for this recipe.
Zucchini is a prolific vegetable. Your garden and your life can easily be taken over by the amount of zucchini that ripen all at the same time. Zucchini are not expensive to purchase most of the year either. After fighting with the bugs that loved to ruin my zucchini plants for years; I just gave up and now buy the zucchini we need.
I also cook with the Mexican Grey Squash. Here is an excellent casserole dish using the Mexican Grey Squash. http://nmlady.hubpages.com/hub/Mexican-Grey-Squash There is not a whole lot of difference between these types of squash.
How To Select A Zucchini
Zucchini should not be more than 8 inches long. It should be a nice dark green. A bit of healthy yellow is not bad. However, the zucchini should be fresh and firm. If you buy a zucchini that is too big it may be over-ripe and will have a hollowing center with big seeds as well as taste bitter. Small zucchini are just fine. Although, it is not common for the commercial growers and sellers to wax zucchini here, avoid them if your grocer waxes them. Waxing is about storing them long term not taste and freshness.
How to Trim a Zucchini
Wash the zucchini under running water. Cut off the stem. Trim the bottom of the zucchini and remove any scratches or gouges. Split it with a knife length wise and cut into slices.
Saute Onions for a Flavor Layer
Crisping Up in Non-Stick Pan
- 2 zucchini, about 6-8' long
- 1 onion, sliced
- 4 T. roasted red pepper olive oil, I get this at Costco
- dashes salt and pepper, sprinkled on finished dish
Flavored olive oIls add a nice flavor dimension
- Have all ingredients prepared
- Heat non-stick pan with a splash of roasted red pepper olive oil in the pan
- Saute the onions by placing them in a hot pan and immediately lowering the heat of the pan to medium Sauté until slightly brown. NOTE: do NOT add salt as they don't brown as well. Also, if you want you may add a bit of sugar to add some more sweetness Stir the onions if they begin to burn.
- Turn the pan back up to hot. Place the zucchini in the pan. Drizzle 2-3 tablespoons of roasted red pepper olive oil on the zucchini and gently stir the zucchini to coat with the red roasted olive oil. . Reduce the heat in the pan to medium.
- Cook the zucchini in the non-stick pan for 20 minutes. Turn over the zucchini in the pan and watch when the bottom layer is becoming nice a crispy. Let each layer become crispy before you turn the zucchini. This will take a bit of a learning curve but the crispy flavor is worth it!
- Once done add some salt and pepper and serve.
What is special about this dish is the layering of the flavors. First is the onion, then the garlic, then the crispy flavor of the zucchini all done with the roasted red pepper olive oil. The salt and pepper perk it up at the end. Layering the flavors is what this recipe is all about. The ingredients are simple but the 'devil is in the details' of this dish.
Do not be surprised if this is a zucchini recipe that the whole family likes. Oh, if they think they do not like zucchini, just call it Italian Squash!
Zucchini Side Dish
Links mentioned above
- Mexican Grey Squash
Grey Squash & Hatch Chile
- White Chili Soup
A recipe for White Chili Soup. A tasty soup great for cold weather, football parties. Easy to make ahead. Nutritious and healthy. Inexpensive too!
- Keys to Effective Marketing
Keys to Effective Marketing. Demographic discussion. Psychographic discussion. Branding discussion. How to use these tools to grow your business, service, or product line. Questions encouraged.