Saturday, July 28, 2012
Summer = Zucchini
This is a picture of what happens in your garden around here when you go away for 12 days (note the 12-inch ruler at left). There were four of them, but we were able to slice and grill one of these babies and eat it the day after we returned from our vacation. That of course left me with about 10 pounds of zucchini to use up (we planted one zucchini plant in the garden this year, mind you). Fortunately I have joined the trendy web site Pinterest, which is actually really helpful when searching for new recipes. So when I searched 'zucchini' and found a recipe for zucchini hummus, I was happy to give it a try. It didn't involve any cooking whatsoever, was easy, used up an entire zuke, and I figured if it was a huge fail, it wouldn't be that big a deal since it only takes about ten minutes to make. I am low-commitment and really lazy this summer.
But it wasn't a fail! In fact, it was delicious!! So delicious that I have now made it twice - once for the family and once for the neighbors at our local farmers' market, who raved about it and are putting the recipe in our neighborhood 'Garden Farms Gazette'. We used it as a dip with carrots, cucumbers, peppers, and with crackers. I realize that if you don't enjoy hummus, you might think it looks gross, and in that case, feel free not to try it. But if you, like all of us around here, spend time during the summer trying to come up with creative uses for the ever-prolific zucchini, this might be for you!
Here's the recipe:
4 cups peeled and chopped raw zucchini
3/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
3-4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
2 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp ground cumin
Combine all ingredients in blender and puree until thick and smooth. Garnish with paprika and parsley.
(Recipe from "I Breathe....I'm Hungry")