What to do with all those zucchini? That is the question. Every. Single. Summer. I always promise myself to plant only one, singular, solitary zucchini plant. Somehow I now have three. Plus one ‘summer squash’ plant, which let’s be honest, is really just a yellow zucchini. So long story short, I have at least 10 lbs of zucchini/summer squash and for some reason I have a hard time tossing it. This is where my 15 (or more) paleo cookbooks come in handy and I began scouring them for ideas. Zucchini Pizza was the best. I of course modified it to what I had in my kitchen and what I felt like putting in it. Yes, I’m going to post an annoying list of ingredients that I used, otherwise known as a recipe, and you will have to use your own expertise, tastes and culinary skills to mold it into your own. They turned out delicious and I highly recommend them as a way to use up the endless supply of zucchini you undoubtedly have growing in abundance in your garden.
* 2 Medium (9 inches or so) Zucchini
Cut in half long wise and cut out seedy section
* 1 lb Italian pork sausage
* 10 pieces salami
*10 pieces pepperoni –
Cook the pork until done, chop the salami and pepperoni and stir in with pork sausage
*add one small can sliced, black olives to meat mixture
Pizza sauce– buy premade OR…
* 1 cup of diced onion in olive oil until translucent (5-7 min)
Saute for 5-6 minutes
*Add garlic to taste and chopped parsley (about 1/3 cup) and cook a couple of minutes more
*Add a can of tomato sauce and diced tomatoes 14 oz size
*Small can tomato paste (or drain the diced tomatoes and skip the paste)
*Tsp or so each of basil, oregano and pinches of rosemary & thyme
*1/2 cup red wine
Cook, gently bubbling, for about 30 minutes
Mix the meat mixture with some of the sauce (you will have some sauce left over, freeze it for later) and spoon into the zucchini. I topped mine with fake cheddar cheese (Daiya brand) and my husbands with a bit of Parmesan. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes until it all looks bubbly and the zucchini is soft.
Feel free to wing it on the sauce if you have a family recipe or want to use a jar of spaghetti sauce. Recipes are not fixed and the more you experiment, the better you’ll get. Be free and joyful in your cooking 🙂
p.s. Tomorrow I’m making zucchini muffins or bread. I’ll post that too.