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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sautéed Zucchini Mix

Many home gardeners lament over the prolific nature of zucchini complaining that one plant produces much more than they or their family, friends and neighbours can use.  I beg to differ in opinion.  We love zucchini and I normally put in at least five zucchini plants.  I pick the zucchini when it is about 8 - inches long and no longer.  It is nice and tender at that stage, full of flavour perfect for grilling or sautéing.

zucchini stir fry
One of our favourite side dishes is sautéed zucchini with mushrooms and onions.  We make this combination quite often, adapting it to cook in foil packs on the grill or open fire as well.  When sautéed there is a wonderful caramelization that takes place giving a depth to the flavour that is unbeatable.

We had a couple of left-over potatoes that had been baked on the grill.  This gives a smokiness to the flavour that can't be duplicated in the oven.  I heated a fry pan with a little olive oil and butter then added the cubed left-over potatoes.  When they just started caramelizing I added the onions followed by the mushrooms and finally the zucchini.  Each vegetable is added just as the previous one starts to caramelize.  The end result is a tasty side dish that is sure to please!

4 food lovers commented:

Heather said...

That looks so good! Can't wait for zucchini season.

Rachel said...

That looks delicious!

Garden Gnome said...

Thanks so much Heather :) I'm looking forward to zucchini season as well.

Garden Gnome said...

Thanks Rachel :) It was indeed quite tasty!