Sunday, June 10, 2012

Easy Grilled Zucchini Sidedish

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Grab your knife and fork...
Doesn't this look delicious??  This a very simple and easy side dish; "grilled zucchini with cheese".



Today my hubby was finishing the total redo of one of our bathrooms.  The man is a genius I tell you.  His craftsmanship is NEXT to none!!!
He was working away on the bathroom remodel.  I was working away cleaning the house and doing the "girlie" stuff!!
Come dinner time I really didn't have a plan to be honest.  It was one of those "go by the seat of your pants" kinda day!
I looked into the freezer and nothing keened my interest... <sigh>
Then I spotted "lamb chops".  I was like "YES"!!!  I pulled them out, defrosted them in the sink and quickly marinated them with tons of fresh garlic, thyme, fresh oregano, lemon juice and olive oil.  I then baked them @ 375F for approximately 30 minutes turning over half way.



 
As hubby was vacuuming the dust off the new walls in the bathroom, I was slicing the fresh picked zucchini from the local farmer's market.
I let them sit in a bath of water till ready to use.
I pulled out my stove top grill; brushed these babies with olive oil and my favorite garlic seasoning.





I then grilled them and when pulled off the grill added about 2 tablespoons of grated cheese to each one.  The flavor is amazing and just downright outta this world!!!  You can taste the slight sweetness of the zucchini, coupled with the garlic spices and then the tangy cheese, all grilled into one!!  Superb I say!!





Ready for the recipe?  Here we go:

Ingredients:
3 medium zucchini sliced vertically into thirds
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon favorite garlic seasoning ( I used garlic pepper)
1/2 cup favorite sharp cheese shredded ( Queso Fresco, Kefalotiri, Parmesan, Romano)

Directions:
Slice your zucchini into thirds.  Set aside.  Heat your grill to medium low.  Brush both sides of your zucchini slices with olive oil, sprinkle on your seasoning. Grill one side till nice grill marks develop (about 2-3 minutes), turn over, cook on the other side.  Turn sides once more till zucchini is soft but still slightly firm, you don't want a soggy zucchini!   Remove from heat, place on platter and sprinkle your cheese over the grilled zucchini.  The cheese will melt nicely simply from the heat of the zucchini.

How easy was this,  yes?  Simple, elegant and delicious!

I wanted to take a picture of both the lamb chops and zucchini together (I had a nice french baguette I sliced as well), but my mom dropped in.  She came bearing fresh grape leaves, so all was forgiven! Dinner was served and they loved the zucchini as much as the lamb chops, now that is saying something right there!!

I do want to share with you the funny scenario when they appeared at the door with the grape leaves.  She said, "for you my baby, so you can make dolmathakia, I know you love to cook like your mommy"!!  Notice the double sided compliment there!
I said, "thank you mama, but they are not blanched nor placed in brine".   I then proceeded to look at my step dad and all three of us burst out laughing!!  He took the grape leaves back and I will receive them washed, blanched and in brine!!  YES! *double fist pump*  I have them trained!!

Enjoy the zucchini my friends, especially now since it will be in abundance.

Till next time!

Dishin with Didi

10 comments :

  1. Yum.. they look great! I'll try this as soon as I've got Zuchs.

    We grill thinner sliced zuchs marinated in Italian salad dressing all the time. One of our very favorite summer time grill veggies.

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    1. I agree with you Kim, nothing like fresh zucchini for summer!!

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  2. We love zucchini and this is a great idea for something quick and easy (and healthy...except cheese...LOL). Must remember to do this. My DH like to grill chicken breasts and this would be the perfect side :)

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    1. Hi Colleen!! :-)

      Yum, grilled chicken breasts (my fav)!!
      I agree, very easy and healthy... as for the cheese, your putting on so little, lol!! Or a lot depending on preference. For me, a little goes a long way!!
      Let me know!

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  3. That does sound good! And guess what Didi?? The ONLY thing and I MEAN ONLY thing in my garden that is doing well is my zucchini!!! Yay a new idea!!!

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    1. Your growing zucchini? I'm so jealous!! I have never been able to grow it in this house. The soil is horrible!!

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  4. I just made this for lunch and it is out of this world tasty! Thank you, Didi! :)

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    1. You are most, most welcome my sweet friend! Thank you so much for coming back and letting me know! Best feeling in the world!!

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  5. Another quick, fabulous recipe Didi. Yummmmm

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