Planting zucchini in your garden is one of the more amazing experiments. From a small seed grows enormous leaves. Then, these little yellow flowers show up. One morning you may notice a small zucchini starting to emerge. All of a sudden, BAM! You have multiple giant green zucchini squash bigger than your arm. What now??
Zucchini is amazingly versatile. You can slice it up and sauté it with salt and pepper –
– or shred it and add it to any number of baked goods with cinnamon and sugar–even chocolate!
You can freeze shredded zucchini for use in later recipes, but I always just shred it and use it right away. If you do freeze it, make sure that you drain some liquid off after thawing it.
Speaking from experience, it can be daunting trying to take advantage of a zucchini harvest while they are ripe and ready. For me? My favorite thing to do is make zucchini bread. I regularly made four loaves at a time last summer, freezing almost 20 loaves and eating or giving away several more. I’ll be sharing that recipe with you on Wednesday!
In the meantime, here are some ideas to get you going (both savory and sweet) in dealing with the summer influx of zucchini:
- Zucchini Bread
- Chocolate Zucchini Cake
- Stuffed Zucchini Cups (Kalyn’s Kitchen)
- Zucchini Muffins
- Zucchini Pancakes/Fritters
- Zucchini Brownies (King Arthur Flour)
- Zucchini Pizza Boats
- Zucchini Fries (Damn Delicious)
Also make sure to check out our Zucchini board on Pinterest!