In the height of summer, vegetables abound in the garden and none is more productive than zucchini. Many gardeners find keeping up with all of the zucchini, their plants produce to be a challenge. Summer menus are often filled with stir-fried zucchini, zucchini soup, and stuffed zucchini and of course zucchini bread.
One great way to enjoy this vegetable is by grilling it. Grilled zucchini is incredibly easy to prepare and can be eaten all by itself, added to salads or sandwiches and cut up and added to vegetable kebobs. This grilled zucchini recipe is incredibly simple and quick to prepare – and it is a good way to use up some of that zucchini that is rapidly filling up your kitchen. Hot from the grill, zucchini might disappear more quickly than you think.
Rather than being a complex recipe this one is very simple. There are no complicated ingredients or steps, and all you need is the zucchini itself, as well as some olive oil, and salt and black pepper for a basic seasoning. Those ingredients are all that is required to make this delicious barbequed zucchini. Use a pair of medium sized zucchini to serve 4 people, or double it if there is a crowd.
If you are only cooking for 1 or 2, you can halve the recipe but remember these keep for a few days in the refrigerator once cooked, and then you can add the zucchini strips chilled to your favorite salad recipe. Just lay them on top of the lettuce and add your other preferred salad ingredients to the plate. The zucchini is best sliced into 1/8 inch thick strips so you can use a mandoline to make them or, if you have a steady hand, just a knife. The first thing to do is prepare the barbeque. You want to have a medium-hot grill. Brush olive oil over the zucchini strips and add some salt and black pepper. You might want to add other seasonings or spices, and anything from cayenne pepper or chili powder to dried mixed herbs would work with the zucchini. But for a nice, simple result just stick to the salt and black pepper, because that is all you need to bring out the flavor of the vegetables.
Once they are prepared and the grill is hot enough, you can arrange the zucchini slices on the grate and start cooking them. Zucchini is a soft vegetable which is far less dense than some others, so it will really not take long at all to grill. If you are also cooking mushrooms, vegetable kabobs or something similar, these will take about the same amount of time so you can put them on there simultaneously. They are done when they are tender (most people like them al dente rather than too soft) and when they have some appealing grill-marks on them. So drizzle some balsamic vinegar over the zucchini before serving, or else you can add a splash of red wine vinegar instead – just a tiny bit is sufficient.
- 2 medium zucchini
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- This is an exceptionally simple grilled zucchini recipe to prepare - so fire up the grill and get things going; you will be eating before you know it! Slice your zucchini into ⅛ slices lengthwise, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with a little salt and a generous amount of fresh ground black pepper.
- Once the grill is hot, you are ready to begin grilling.
- Grill your zucchini slices for 5 minutes per side and turn carefully as they will be rather soft.
- Serve hot as a side dish or incorporate them into salads, sandwiches or other recipes. If serving on their own, these grilled zucchini slices are delicious with a splash of balsamic vinegar.
Just like most other types of squash, zucchini grills up just wonderfully. The smoky flavor and natural sugars are brought out in the zucchini when grilled on the barbeque. You can see how delicious this is just by looking at the photo, and those grill-marks give the zucchini a mouthwatering look. Whether you choose to serve the zucchini hot, perhaps with a splash of balsamic vinegar on it, or with some red wine vinegar and parmesan shavings, or chilled on top of your favorite mixed leaves with some cherry tomatoes, walnuts and blue cheese, you will be able to imagine the possibilities for this easy recipe, and discover just how versatile barbequed zucchini really is.
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