This time of year, some gardeners will become embroiled in a battle with the mighty zucchini.
Dare to blink, and this unassuming summer squash will spread faster than a vicious rumor—if you're lucky.
Are you ready?
Then hold on to your bounty, my friends, because here's a plan of action to turn this prolific vegetable into soup. A damn good soup!
For this recipe, I try to use zucchini that are small to medium in size, and save the torpedo ones for baking. Or, for chasing away the neighbor's dog, who will happily trot over to my side of the fence to drop the occasional bomb. Dat dawg will heed most commands, except for, "SIT!"
One command he's determined to misconstrue. But I digress.
This delicious summer soup can be served hot or cold. In bowls, coffee mugs, hollowed out zucchini cups, or any way you like.
Just make it and share it with your neighbors, though you may not want to.
Zucchini Basil Soup
4 cups thinly sliced zucchini
1 medium onion, chopped
3 tablespoons butter
4 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
1 cup half & half
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
½ cup freshly-grated Parmesan, optional
Salt & pepper to taste
In a large saucepan, sauté chopped onion in butter until soft and translucent. Add zucchini and chicken stock. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
Add the rest of the ingredients, and purée right in the pot using an immersion blender (If you're using a tabletop blender, be sure to cool soup slightly before blending). Heat to simmering and serve. Yield: 4 servings.
I served the soup with Frico. Croutons made from day-old bread, and even homemade cheddar crackers are good too. I will post the latter soon.
8 ounces of Parmesan, finely grated
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon fresh thyme or rosemary, optional
In a bowl, combine the parmesan and the flour. Heat a medium, nonstick skillet over medium-low heat.
Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the mixture into the pan to form a 4-inch circle.
Sprinkle lightly with herbs, if using, and cook for a few minutes, until cheese melts. Turn cheese over and cook the other side for about a minute, or until it begins to take on color, but is still flexible. Cool frico over a rolling pin to shape.
Here's another favorite, to help you embrace the resistance, Zucchini Pancakes. Because it's been said, one of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy.
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