Friday, April 18, 2008

Friday Night Bite-Zucchini with feta, mint and lemon

My cousin Ann has the green thumb so many of us seem to lacking. One year she brought a bumper crop of zucchini to me and shared this recipe. It is an amazing, unusual way to cook zucchini...and hands' down SPH's favorite vegetable side dish. This week we are throwing some pork on the grill and cooking up this zucchini and some potatoes for dinner.

Ann's Roasted Zucchini
5-6 medium to large zucchini, cut lengthwise and then into 1/2 inch slices
1 T olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
2 ounces of crumbled feta cheese (or more if you wish)
juice from one lemon
1 T minced fresh mint

**Before you bake the zucchini, be sure to place the zucchini slices in a colander and salt them. Let them stand for 1/2 hour to 1 hour so the extra moisture seeps out.**

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place the zucchini on two cookie sheets, so they are in one layer. Sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper on the tray and toss to coat. Roast for about 20 minutes, flip zucchini pieces and roast an additional 15+ minutes, or until the zucchini is soft and browned. Remove from the oven and immediately toss in a bowl with the feta, lemon and mint. Tastes best right from the oven while still warm.

Hope your weekend is sweet,


Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Deep in the Heart said...

We'll have to try it. Although my kids eat a variety of vegetables, I can't get them to eat zucchini or asparagus.

Slacker Mama said...

Mmmm...sounds good, except I'll omit the mint. I'm just not a fan of mint in my non-dessert foods. Maybe some flat leaf parsley instead.

JerseyBaby said...

Sound great by I'm the only one in my house who doesn't think feta takes "like feet." I've got to work harder on getting some feta-fans in my house!

Anonymous said...

I made the roasted zucchini last night for my family. Well really just for me since my 2 year old refused to try and zucchini is one of the vegetables my husband doesn't care for, even though he claims to love vegetables. :) My husband did try the zucchini and said they were kind of soggy. I agreed but I still thought they were very tasty. Any thoughts on why my zucchini turned out soggy? Too much oil? Cooked too long?

Thanks for the recipe.

-- P

Live.Love.Eat said...

Hi there. I just found your blog today through other blogs, and love it!!!! This zucchini recipe sounds great. I have one similar I will send to you tomorrow. It's great for entertaining as they're individual zucchini boats stuffed with feta and a few other yummy delights. Please come visit me at my fairly new log sometime.