It’s only been 4 weeks, but already the sight of more zucchini in the garden basket (which happens every day) is greeted with groans rather than smiles.
One has to be creative to make the most of the bounty a vegetable garden offers.
We’re usually on a three-day rotation. A few weeks ago it was chard, spinach and zucchini. Currently it’s green beans, sweet corn and zucchini. (I cut the chard back to get a fall crop). In a few more weeks it will be chard, winter squash and…. you guessed it, zucchini.
In addition we have sliced or baked tomatoes, cucumber salads, and so on.
Still, the zucchini / yellow squash is a constant for 10 – 12 weeks every summer.
One needs a lot of recipes to keep it interesting……
This was based on a Potato Leek Cake that I make during the winter. I updated it for summer by adding red pepper and zucchini. It was a bit heavy to ‘flip’ so you can either turn it, whole, using 2 plates or just turn it in large sections with a big spatula. Either way, let it get nice and crispy first!
Potato and Zucchini (Courgette) Cake
Preparation and cooking time: 25 minutes
- 2 medium potatoes, (10oz, 300gr total)
- 1 small – medium zucchini (8oz, 250gr)
- 1 onion (5oz, 150gr)
- 1/2 red pepper
- 1 tbs olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Chop the onion and red pepper.
- Wash the potatoes and zucchini, but do not peel.
- Shred the zucchini and the potatoes using the large whole on a box grater or use a food processor.
- Put all of the vegetables into a bowl and stir well to combine.
- Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add vegetables and flatten as best you can with a spatula, reduce heat to medium and let fry.
- After 10 minutes lift up an edge to see how it looks. Keep checking until it’s a nice, golden brown. (Mine took about 15 minutes – increase the heat if it takes longer than that)
- Then you can do one of two things: Put a plate (or tray) on top of the skillet. Grabbing the plate and skillet together (with hot pads) flip them over so that the cake is on the plate. Slide the cake back into the pan to cook the other side, another 10 – 12 minutes. When done, slide onto a plate cut into wedges and serve.
- Or, carefully turn large sections with a spatula. Pat back together and fry until brown on that side, another 10 – 15 minutes. Slice onto a platter and serve.
Looking for more zucchini recipes? There are over 20 in my collection of Summer Vegetables…. Along with a few for green beans and chard.