It’s zucchini time. If you’ve ever had a garden, you know that zucchini is one of those late summer gifts that just keeps on giving–and giving and giving. Your kitchen may well be drowning in it by now. It proliferates so much that you can’t give it away fast enough to neighbors and colleagues. You probably need to find some new things to do with it soon because you–and your friends–are struggling to keep up. They may even be starting to refuse your veggie gifts because sometimes there’s only so much zucchini you can take, even if you love it, like I do.
Here’s the first of three ways to keep up with your zucchini and keep your friends.
Summer Succotash with Zucchini and Corn
1/2 large onion, diced
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1large zucchini, cut in 1/2-in. dice
1-2 ears of corn, cut from cob or 1/3 bag frozen
1) Heat 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and sauté with a pinch of salt, then add garlic.
2) Add zucchini and sauté until it is beginning to be translucent.
3) Add corn; sauté until heated through. Salt and pepper to taste.
4) When zucchini has reached desired tenderness (not mushy, but cooked through), remove from heat.
This is extremely simple. The thing about both zucchini and corn, though, is that they both beg for seasoning. If you don’t add some sort of seasoning, this will end up a bit bland and who wants to eat bland veggies? Not me–and probably not you either!
So, try some of the following combinations to jazz this up a bit.
– Add 1/4 cup chopped basil
– Add 1/4 cup chopped cilantro and 1-2 tsp. lime juice
– Add a can of black beans and 1/2 cup chicken broth–cook until broth has evaporated
– Add 1/3 bag frozen lima beans
– Add 1 tsp. cumin and a dash of chili powder
– Add 1-2 tsp. oregano
– Sprinkle with truffle salt
– Finish with a little butter
Or try some combinations of the above–whatever strikes your food fancy. Experiment. Remember you can always add more of something, but you can’t take it out once it’s in there, so just remember to taste and adjust accordingly.
Then, eat up!