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    Zucchini Bread

    Zucchini bread is a perennial favorite and what to make when the gardens are overflowing with this summer veggie. This easy bread is tender and gently spiced.

    I still remember the first time I encountered zucchini bread as a teenager. I had a hard time getting my mind around the concept. At the time, zucchini was something my mom made me eat, and not anything you would bake into something sweet.
    Fortunately, the pathway into my naturally resistant-to-new-foods teenage mind had already been cut with carrot cake. Heck, if you could get something that good out of carrots, why not zucchini?
    After one bite, I was sold forever. Grated zucchini, mixed into the batter, brings moisture and tender texture to what is essentially a spice cake.
    VIDEO! How to Make Zucchini Bread

    No need for a mixer
    This is a favorite, tried-and-true zucchini bread recipe. It couldn’t be easier; you don’t need a mixer!
    It’s basically our zucchini muffin recipe in a bread form. It’s a standard quick bread recipe that starts with grated zucchini, about 3 to 4 cups of it. It is pretty forgiving. If you use 4 cups, it will result in a more moist and dense bread.

    How to Prepare the Zucchini for Zucchini Bread
    Grate the zucchini on a standard box grater. No need to peel!
    After grating, place the grated zucchini in a sieve over a bowl to drain any excess moisture while you prep the other ingredients.
    Note that different zucchini can really vary in their moisture content, depending on if they were garden picked in season or store-bought off season.
    A tip I learned from my grandmother is if I grate zucchini and it is on the dry side, to sprinkle water over it, and then let in drain in a sieve.
    What Can I Add to Zucchini Bread?
    Walnuts and pecans are especially good in zucchini bread, and so is dried fruit. I like raisins or dried cranberries, but you can also add shredded coconut, a handful of mini chocolate chips. A bit of orange zest would work too, or grated apples or carrots.
    By the way, I used to also show a second recipe on this page for a version with crushed pineapple. You can now find that recipe here: Zucchini Bread with Pineapple.

    How to Store and Keep Zucchini Bread
    This bread will keep at room temperature in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap for several days. If you would like to freeze it, wrap it in aluminum foil and place it in a ziptop freezer bag, pressing out as much air as possible.
    Frozen zucchini bread will taste best if you eat it within 3 months. Thaw it on the countertop, still wrapped, or in a low oven. (More freezing and thawing advice in this post.)
    HERE ARE 5 MORE QUICK BREADS YOU MAY LIKE

    Updated July 26, 2020 : We added a video to help guide you through making this recipe. Enjoy! LEGGI TUTTO

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    Zucchini Ribbon Skewers

    hese Zucchini Ribbon Skewers are so elegant and pretty to look at, even non zucchini lovers are going to be all over them!

    Seriously… how cute and sophisticated are those little zucchini skewers? Don’t you wanna just reach through your screen and grab one or two?
    These little guys, they’re just the perfect accompaniment to any grilled meat, or fish, or chicken. I think they would even be the perfect sideshow for your next corn party! In fact, they’re so darn cute and tasty, they might very well end up stealing the show! 
    I’ll give it to you, they are a tad tricky and delicate to put together — I mean, it would be so much easier to just slice your zukes super thick and throw them on the grill — but I think their good looks alone make them worth the extra effort. That and the fact that, when sliced this thinly, zucchini becomes so super tender and almost creamy…
    I think these guys are a guaranteed winner this grilling season! So why not go ahead and make a batch… or four? Cuz yeah… they’re gonna disappear fast, so you might want to at least double, if not triple that recipe…

    Before you do anything, preheat your outdoor grill to high.
    Then, slice the zucchinis lengthwise into very thin slices  — about 1/8-inch. In order to get this done, the use of a mandoline is very strongly recommended. In fact, I’d even go as far as to say that it’s almost mandatory, unless you have out-of-this-world knife skills!
    As you can see, I chose to leave the stalks on my zucchinis… they are perfectly edible, look super pretty, and will go completely unnoticed texture-wise when sliced this thin! 

    Now place the zucchini slices on a large baking sheet and drizzle with a little bit of olive oil, then sprinkle them generously with salt and pepper. Let the slices sit for about 5 minutes; this will make them more pliable.
    Don’t skip this step! If you were to try and skewer those zucchini slices without doing this first, they would only crack and break on you. They need to become super soft and pliable in order to bend into lovely, curvy ribbons. 

    Once the zucchini slices are nice and pliable, delicately thread them onto wooden skewers — 3 slices per skewer — alternating between colors if using yellow and green zucchinis.
    The contrast in colors makes the skewers that much prettier, me finds! But all green or all yellow would also work perfectly fine. Just be sure to select zucchinis of similar shapes and sizes, so your skewers look more even. Also, straighter zukes will be much easier to work with then curvy ones… 

    Technically, you could very well serve your Zucchini Skewers right away… grilling them is not absolutely mandatory, as zucchinis can just as well be eaten raw. But grilling them will definitely take them to the next level! Ultimately, though, the decision is yours…
    So what’s it gonna be: raw or grilled?

    If you’re gonna go all out and grill your skewers, place them on the hot grill and grill for 1 or 2 minutes, just long enough to soften the zukes and get nice grill marks on them, then very delicately flip the skewers with a pair of tongs and continue grilling for about a minute or so.

    All that’s left to do now is remove your finished skewers to a plate and garnish them with a little bit of chopped parsley and a few shavings of Parmesan cheese — if you are so inclined, of course — and then serve with your favorite grilled meat or fish… or whatever else you happen to be eating that day!

    Zucchini Ribbon Skewers

    These Zucchini Ribbon Skewers are so elegant and pretty to look at, even non zucchini lovers are going to be all over them!
    Servings: 8 skewers

    2 medium-large zucchinis, preferrably one yellow, one green
    3-4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
    Generous sprinkle of salt and pepper

    Optional garnish
    Chopped parsley
    Parmesan cheese shavings

    Preheat your outdoor grill to high.

    Slice the zucchinis lengthwise into very thin slices (about 1/8″); the use of a mandoline is very strongly recommended.

    Place the slices on a large baking sheet and drizzle with a little bit of olive oil, then sprinkle them generously with salt and pepper. Let the slices sit for about 5 minutes; this will make them more pliable.

    Delicately thread the slices onto wooden skewers – 3 slices per skewer – alternating between colors if using yellow and green zucchinis.

    Place the skewers on the hot grill and grill for 1-2 minutes, just enough to soften the zukes and get nice grill marks on them, then very delicately flip the skewers with a pair of tongs and continue grilling for another minute or so.

    Remove to a plate and garnish with chopped parsley and Parmesan cheese, if desired, before serving.

    Serving: 1skewer, Calories: 54kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Fat: 5g, Sodium: 4mg, Potassium: 127mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 100IU, Vitamin C: 8.7mg, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 0.2mg

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