Recipe: 3 Easy Ways to Cook Zucchini and Summer Squash

by Anne Maxfield on July 23, 2010

Accidental Locavore Zucchini and Summer SquashHere, the Accidental Locavore shows you three easy, quick and delicious ways to cook any kind of zucchini or summer squash. The best part is you can do them in the microwave, oven or grill.

Makes 1 package per person.

Basic Recipe:
Take some small zucchini or summer squash, 1 per person, and cut the ends off.
Place each squash on a piece of parchment paper.
Drizzle a small amount of olive oil, use the good stuff here, over the squash.
Add a sprig or two of thyme, and sprinkle with sea salt (also time for the good stuff, I like Maldon here).
Fold the top of the parchment up, and fold in or twist the ends to make a packet.
Put in the microwave for 5 minutes (depending on the strength of your oven) until tender.
• You can also bake them on a cookie sheet in the regular oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes until tender.
• If you use aluminum foil instead of the parchment, you can grill them for about 20 minutes.
Serve them in their packets, or remove and slice for presentation.

Greek Variation:
• Take some small zucchini or summer squash, 1 per person, and cut the ends off.
Cut a slit lengthwise down the squash almost cutting it in half.
Place each squash on a piece of parchment paper.
Crumble some feta cheese over the zucchini.
Drizzle a small amount of olive oil, use the good stuff here, over the squash.
Sprinkle with some fresh mint, cut into narrow strips (chiffonade), and a little sea salt (go easy on the salt, as the feta is pretty salty).
Fold and cook as the basic recipe.

Mexican Variation:
• Take some small zucchini or summer squash, 1 per person, and cut the ends off.
Cut a slit lengthwise down the squash almost cutting it in half.
Place each squash on a piece of parchment paper.
Crumble some queso fresco, or goat cheese over the squash.
Drizzle a small amount of olive oil, use the good stuff here, over the squash.
Sprinkle with some chopped cilantro, and sea salt.
• If you like a little heat, add some finely diced jalapeno or serrano chiles.
Fold and cook as the basic recipe.

Which one is your favorite?

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