Zucchini is an incredibly versatile vegetable; which is a good thing since many gardeners find that they simply have too many of this summer squash around come mid-summer. In order to use up all of these nutritious and adaptable vegetables, you need to have a lot of different zucchini recipes, and grilled ones should be a part of every cook’s repertoire.
This mouthwatering grilled zucchini recipe takes zucchini rounds marinated in an herbed Italian dressing and cooks them to slightly charred perfection on a hot stone. A pizza stone makes an excellent stone for grilling zucchini this way (available at any cookware specialty shop and some department stores). This is a recipe that might just have you actually keeping pace with your prolific zucchini plants.
For this recipe you will need a couple of zucchinis and a cup of Italian dressing. Other ingredients which will add flavor to the zucchini include garlic, thyme and black pepper. The zucchini is going to marinate overnight, but if you do not have time then just give it a few hours in the marinade, or as long as you can manage. Zucchini is great at soaking up marinades because of its texture, so even if you only have an hour until cooking, it is still worth making this recipe and giving your vegetables some flavor.
Flavor the Italian dressing with the garlic, black pepper and thyme, and then that is your marinade all ready to use. Stir the zucchini slices in the marinade, rubbing it all over them to ensure they are covered, and then heat up the grill shortly before you are going to add them. Grill it for a few minutes per side, then serve it right away, as soon as it is tender and has grill-marks.
Cooked in this way, zucchini offers such a fantastic flavor, and you can serve this as a nice side dish with whatever else happens to be on the grill, perhaps some chicken drumsticks or a nice strip steak. The zucchini is really delicious and there is no mistaking the skill of a home cook who comes up with such a fine side dish. Even the kids will like the flavors going on here, and you will be surprised how fast the zucchini disappears once served, although with an enticing aroma like this, it should really be no surprise at all.
You can use a pizza stone to make this, or else just lay the zucchini slices straight on the grill. You do not have to buy a pizza stone just to make this recipe, but it can promote even cooking and get your food really crisp, which is why it is used to make pizza. But that is not all you can make on one. As well as the pizza stone you will need some kind of barbeque, and that could be a char-grill or a gas grill. Char-grilling is usually better because then you get a lovely smoky aroma in the food but, again, just use what you have.
- 2 medium zucchini
- 1 cup Italian dressing
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced or crushed with a garlic press
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp fresh or dried thyme, oregano, basil or marjoram (or any mixture of the above)
- You will need to prepare this dish ahead of time, since the zucchini needs to marinate for at least 4 hours; overnight is best if possible. Place your stone on a hot grill and allow to heat for about 10 minutes before adding your zucchini slices *.
- Grill zucchini for 6-8 minutes per side (the time will vary from pizza stone to pizza stone and from grill to grill.
- The zucchini will take on a lovely char and will smell simply amazing - zucchini absorbs marinades very well.
- Serve hot - this great grilled zucchini recipe will not last long on the table, so you may want to be prepared to make another batch!
- * Some pizza stones may crack when exposed to flames, so if buying a pizza stone, check its temperature rating first - alternately, you can place your pizza stone on top of fireplace bricks to prevent it from being directly exposed to the grill’s flames.
Zucchini is marinated in an Italian marinade and it really soaks up a lot of flavor, which is ideal as a pre-grilling preparation. Like most other squash, zucchini grills up just great, and this recipe is no different. Once your zucchini has soaked up lots of flavor from the marinade, it is time to pop the slices on the barbeque and cook it to perfection, which means crisp-tender. Try not to overcook these. The finished zucchini slices are best served piping hot and they make a nice side dish to go along with whatever you are having.
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