Zucchini Question

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  1. Actressdancer

    Actressdancer New Member

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    I don't like zucchini at all, so I am very unfamiliar with how to prepare it. I buy them here or there because I put them in my cheddar meatballs (it's not sneaky, the boys know it's there. lol). I have a recipe for Veggie Pancakes that calls for 2 cups of broccoli, cauliflower, or zucchini. I usually do 1 each of broccoli and cauliflower, and I make them all the time. I had a very large zucchini on hand from the farmer's market that really needed to be used, so I decided to try the recipe with it (and just enough broccoli to make up to 2 cups). The only thing is, they didn't set up at all! There was just too much liquid.

    I also have a recipe for zucchini fries that calls for sweating them out first. Should I have done that here, too? Or should I have added more flower?

    Here's the recipe if that helps.

    *I double the recipe, btw
     
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  3. Lindina

    Lindina Active Member

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    Yes, zucchini do have a lot of water in them! I think sweating them down would be good, and maybe adding just a skosh more flour, too. I followed your link, and some of the commentors said they had some trouble with the proportions of veg to batter too, and other adjustments they made, so ... And I think the original may have had less zucchini and more broccoli and cauliflower?? These sound great, btw!
     
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    Actressdancer New Member

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    They are! We often have them as a side with pasta or by themselves with marinara dip for a snack. The veggies might as well be raw for how quick they're cooked. My boys don't really like zucchini or cauliflower (and one only likes broccoli raw), so this is a great way to get more variety in their diet.
     
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    kbabe1968 New Member

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    YES!!! Zucchini's are just like cucumbers - you have to drain them as much as possible. :)

    I shred them into a tea towel and then twist & dry like I would frozen spinach.

    I also, when using instead of lasagna noodles, I salt them and drain them on paper towels for at least an hour or two before I use them. Works best that way.

    One of my absolute favorite ways to have zucchini - other than grilled - is to sauté in olive oil with red pepper slices & sprinkle with salt & pepper & italian seasoning. And then dress with fresh parmesan. YUMMY!!!

    Oh....now I'm craving zucchini!!!!
     
  6. Brooke

    Brooke New Member

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    This could be the problem. Large zucchini have a different texture. It could be that I would work fine with a smaller one.
     

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