July 1, 2008

Such Pretty Zucchini

I mentioned last week that one of my birthday presents was a mandoline. Tonight, I decided it was time to put it to use! I had a couple of zucchini and I was thinking that a simple saute would be a nice way to prepare them. So, I set up my mandoline to do thin julienne cuts and I must say this is a fantastic kitchen tool! I absolutely LOVE how quickly and easily I was able to julienne two large zucchini and each piece was the same size. I used to cut them by hand and it would take me FOREVER! No anymore now that I have the coolest tool to use. Now I will have to experiment with the criss-cross cut and make some baked potato chips soon.

Once I had these beautifully cut pieces of zucchini, I heated about 1 tablespoon EVOO in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Then I tossed in the zucchini and did a quick turn of it all to make sure it got a quick coating of the EVOO. Then, I sprinkled about 2-3 teaspoons of Penzey's Fox Point Seasoning over it and did a quick stir. I sauteed the whole thing about 5-7 minutes until they were cooked, but still just slightly crisp. Oh my, this was good! The addition of the Fox Point Seasoning was so yummy - it has dried shallots, chives and scallions and it added just enough to brighten the flavor of the zucchini. This seasoning can also be used for scrambled eggs (can't wait to try that!), fish, baked chicken or in dips. It's very versatile and I can see I'll need to keep a stash of this on hand for that very reason.

The zucchini was a hit with everyone at my dinner table, which is a bonus for me since it was so simple to put together - thanks to my new mandoline! We did have some left over and I plan to nibble on that for lunch tomorrow. Yummy!

julienned zucchini-2

9 comments:

Leah said...

Beautiful!! I put it on my 'must try' list. Yum!

ttfn300 said...

OOoh, yumm... I recently made it to a Penzey's, and picked up either the fox point or something else that was really similar but i can't recall the name. this would be perfect!

Patsyk said...

Leah - Thanks! Let me know if you try it!

ttfn300 - this seasoning smells so wonderful soon as you open the jar... I can see tossing it with so many different dishes just to add a touch of flavor.

Megan said...

I just order a mandoline from pampered chef and I cant wait to use it. I really must try that Penzey seasoning also. I always hear so much about it.

Bill said...

Sounds like a great way to do zucchini. I am going to have pick me up one of those madonlines.

Have Fun!

Paula said...

Don't you just want to slice and dice everything with the mandoline now? I have just a simple one, but it keeps on keepin' on! Your matchstick zucc's look great! Yum!

Camilla said...

Oh, Patsy, this looks wonderful. I'm a big fan of zucchini, and I'm intrigued by the spices--will have to order. Thanks for the great ideas!

That Girl said...

I am seriously jealous of that gorgeous mandoline and all it can do!

EAT! said...

I love all my Penzeys spices!!!

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