Sunday, June 13, 2010

Still Dealing with Zucchini: Garlicky Zucchini Bruschetta

This week's box contains:
  • Lacinato Kale
  • Bacon Avocados
  • Parsley
  • Mystery (more summer squash and ZUCCHINI!)
  • Strawberries
  • Lettuce (traded for more parsley)
  • Mystery (Red Norland potatoes)
Oh yes, more zucchini. Well, more green summer squash. While technically different I suppose, to me at this point they are all the same.

The themed dinner idea worked so well for us this time we repeated it this week.  Flipping through my cookbooks I stumbled upon "Garlicky Zucchini Bruschetta" in The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook by Jack Bishop and Ann Straton. Given the capability of this recipe to work through another 2-3 zucchini, I was sold.

Italian was the theme, here was our menu:

  • Garlicky Zucchini Bruschetta
  • Vegetarian Bagna Cauda with Bread, Carrots and Asparagus

Main Course:

The meal worked incredibly well.  Caution: there were lots of leftovers from the bagna cauda.  However, we found a fantastic way to use them up: panzanella.  We cubed the left over bread, chopped the leftover carrots and asparagus into bite sized pieces, added a pint of cherry tomatoes (halved), and tossed with the left over bagna cauda.  Amazing!

Vegan Bagna Cauda

1/2 cup large salted capers, drained and rinsed
10 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 bunch whole carrots, cleaned, trimmed and quartered length-wise
1 bunch asparagus, cleaned and trimmed

In a saucepan, combine the capers, garlic and oil. Simmer over moderately low heat until the garlic is very soft but not colored, about 30 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a blender and let cool for 10 minutes. Add the butter and lemon juice and puree until the bagna cauda is smooth. Place into serving dish and set aside.

Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add the carrots and cook until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a plate and let cool. Repeat with the asparagus.

Slice loaf of crusty Italian bread and serve alongside the bagna cauda and blanched vegetables.

We were able to work through the Lacinato kale, zucchini, strawberries at dinner. as for the rest of the box contents:

Bacon Avocados: eaten out of hand. I literally sliced the avocados in half, removed the pit, salted them heavily, and ate them with a spoon. Incredible!

Parsley: made two batches of parsley-walnut pesto for the freezer.

Red Norland Potatoes: roasted and tossed with, you guessed it, parsley-walnut pesto.

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