Are you overwhelmed with zucchini this time of year? You could freeze it or make zucchini butter ... or, if you're like Deena Prichep, you could throw an all-zucchini dinner party. Here's how she turned zucchini "from a burden to a bounty," even changing minds of guests who thought they didn't like the squash…In an article for The Oregonian, Prichep writes:
Zucchini gets a bad rap. Although there are many people (like me) who appreciate its subtle beauty, there are others who leave them on unsuspecting doorsteps. You can see why people have been burned -- small and tender zucchinis quickly become mammoth mealy bats if you turn your back on them. And even if you pick them when they're small, their prolific yield means you have to keep picking and picking, until even the most zucchini-friendly palate gets a bit weary. It's no wonder home cooks run out of ideas, and people think that they don't like zucchini. But I aimed to change that with a single meal: the All-Zucchini Dinner Party.
It's a fun – and even brave! – idea. Whether you inform your guests that they're about to enter zucchini-land or let them figure it out as the meal progresses is up to you. From start to finish, here are the dishes she came up with:
Cocktail: Zucchini Pickles to garnish Bloody Marys
Appetizer: Zucchini Feta Pancakes topped with garlicky minted Greek yogurt
Salad: Zucchini Avocado Salad with roasted pumpkin seeds, lightly pickled red onions, and white cheese
Main dish: Stewed Zucchini With Coriander Cilantro and Pomegranate Molasses, paired with Vermicelli Rice Pilaf
Dessert: Zucchini-Ginger Cupcakes with Cream Cheese-White Chocolate Frosting
Yum! Read the article and get the recipes:
• From Z to Z: All-zucchini dinner party wins over squash skeptics (The Oregonian)
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(Images: courtesy of Brian Feulner)