Monday, June 27, 2016

ZUCCHINI Surplus Part 2

Here we go again.
Time for some more recipes to use all those zucchini and often times yellow squash with.  The 2 types of squash are pretty interchangeable.
I hope you enjoy some of these this summer.

This first one is a dish I have made for years, as did my Mom.  I can give you directions, amounts of each ingredient depends on how many you plan to feed.

1/2 lb. (give or take some) of bacon or ground sausage
If using bacon, remove from the pan and keep grease.
Slice up onion, zucchini, and/or yellow squash and cook in the bacon grease or sausage grease.
Once tender, add back in bacon crumbled.
Thinly slice tomatoes, and lay over the top of the squash mixture.  Add shredded cheese, turn heat to low, and cover the pan till cheese has melted.
Serve as is or over rice. 
This is one of our FAVORITE dishes.  The combination of flavors is incredibly yummy!

(I received this recipe from a friend - it is also a favorite)
2 medium zucchini
6 Tbsp. shredded cheddar cheese
2 Tbsp. cream cheese (softened) *
2 Tbsp. sour cream *
1 1/2 tsp. chopped jalapeno peppers *
4 Tbsp. Panko bread crumbs

Heat the oven to 400*.  Slice the zucchini in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds.  Microwave for 1 -2 minutes.
Mix cheddar, cream cheese, and sour cream and peppers.
Spread about 2 Tbsp. of mixture in each zucchini boat.  Sprinkle with bread crumbs
Bake for 25 minutes or until the crumb topping is golden brown.
*I increase these ingredients by 2X - as the original recipe just didn't contain enough in our opinion.

(I just want to offer a disclaimer to this that it would not be approved by USDA rules.  I make this each year, and shelf store, and have never had a problem.  Use YOUR OWN judgment)

3 C peeled, grated zucchini (good way to use large ones)
1/2 C lemon juice
1 - 3 oz. box gelatin - peach, pineapple, raspberry, or strawberry work great
3 C sugar
Bring zucchini and lemon juice to a boil and boil for 10 minutes.  Add gelatin and sugar.  Boil for 6 more minutes.  Pour into sterilized jelly jars and seal tops with paraffin.  Once set - please add lids and bands (extra care for keeping out insects)
I have never had one person figure out that there was zucchini in this jam!
I know several people who make this.

ENJOY your summer squash and these recipes.
GROW, HARVEST, EAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  1. Oh my goodness Cheryl...thank you! That jalapeno popper one looks amazing and my DIL Heather is going to love it!

    My squash plants are still itty bitty, but one of the yellow squash plants has a flower on it. I'm afraid it the squash does mature it will be bigger than the plant itself! Our weather is hitting the upper 80's and 90's now so hopefully the plants will begin to grow more.

    1. You are ever so welcome.
      I have some little yellow and a couple baby zucchini on the plants now. They sure will be good!
      I hope you are blessed with many squash.

  2. I have one vine plant and don't know if it is squash or not, and it is tiny too, will be eager to see what it produces! Otherwise I will be totally dependent on gifts that arrive at my porch in the middle of the night.

    1. Ooohhhhh I wish I had gifts like that appear on my doorstep! what kind neighbors.

    2. Yes, I went over to water at my friend's house while she was gone. She bought zucchini plants and they were further along than my late starts. Her garden is amazing, so much further along that I expect some zucchini from it next week. I will water again. They mulched with grass clippings, thought it would leach nutrients but they just burnt and dried and are really very effective at keeping most weeds down.