Sunday, July 12, 2009

Late-Night Zucchini Lovin'

Every so often, I get really obsessed with a particular fruit or vegetable. I then proceed to cook a bunch of things with that fruit or vegetable or order it in restaurants until I get sick of it. I've recently been through asparagus, arugula and sweet potatoes, although SPs are exempt because I NEVER GET SICK OF THEM. Currently, the vegetable of choice is zucchini.

Last time my friend L and I were at Westville, we ordered a zucchini appetizer. It was served with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella, and it was absolute heaven. I always say that Westville has the best vegetables in New York, and this zucchini dish validated my claims.

After this experience, I was consumed by anything zucchini-related. Several of you may remember my zucchini bread with chocolate chips from the potluck, and I gave it an encore later in the week by baking another loaf for euchre night.

Not surprisingly, I realized that the best way to satisfy my endless desire for zucchini was to recreate the Westville dish. I returned home at 11 p.m. after chugging down a milkshake this evening only to realize I'd never had dinner, so I set about some late-night cooking.

With a little help from a recipe I found online, which I modified a bit to fit my needs, I made a pretty delicious rendition. Basically, I just sauteed the zucchini in olive oil, then added garlic and the cherry tomatoes. I didn't have the fresh basil the recipe called for, so I just threw in some basil and garlic seasoning and a bit of salt and pepper. After I spooned a helping onto my plate, I added a few chunks of fresh mozzarella as well.

Mmm! Zucchini at midnight! Nothin' wrong with that.


k said...

erin, i am really impressed.

mwr said...

God that looks wonderful! Thanks for this erin. We got like a bazillion Zuchs in our CSA this weekend and I had no idea what to do with them, but this looks great.

Also, two jobs are over, so I should have a bunch of posts coming up.

eLs said...

I have a bunch of posts building up as well, mwr! This just felt very imperative because my kitchen still smelled like it when I posted. I can also pass along my zucchini bread recipe if you're interested.

Eric just joined a CSA too and I really want to do it! It sounds like the best idea ever. Do you find it useful?

Thanks for the props, K. EPIC FRIDAY.

Anonymous said...

zuc bread rules!

get this woman a tv show!!