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35 Delicious Ways To Use Zucchini

What to do when zucchinis seem to fall in love and raise entire families in your fridge drawer? Here's how to cope with a squash population problem.

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It's just about getting to be the season of SQUASHENANGST, when huge sacks of unwanted baseball bat-size zucchinis start showing up on doorsteps in the dead of night. But you — yes, you! — have the power to conquer this vegetal scourge, and feed yourself very well in the process. Here's how...


3. Zucchini Waffles

Zucchini is very good at being sneaky and doesn't interfere with the waffleness here at all; just adds a little extra moisture and texture. You could easily mix shredded zucchini into your favorite pancake batter, too. Recipe here.


8. Shaved Squash Salad with Sunflower Seeds

If you've never had it, you should know: Raw zucchini is delicious. You just need to slice it very thinly (a mandoline is handy, but a knife works too) and toss it with lemon juice, olive oil, salt pepper. Recipe here.


Pro fritter tip: Make sure you salt and squeeze.

Sometimes you want the moisture zucchini gives off (that's why it makes such nice cakes) but in fritters or other fried situations, all that oozy squash-water is a big, soggy problem. The solution? SALT.

After you shred/grate/slice your zucchini, toss it with a generous amount of salt (this will draw out the water in the squash) and let it sit in a colander to drain for about 30 minutes. After that you can rinse it to get the extra salt off and then squeeze it with your hands or twisted up in clean dishtowel to wring out as much water as you can. Now proceed!

This trick works with other recipes too; raw zucchini salads will be less leaky (and thus keep better) if you salt, drain, rinse, and pat-dry the sliced squash before dressing it.


27. Ratatouille's Ratatouille

Smitten Kitchen's version of the starring dish in that movie with the talking rat is pretty and delicious, but you'll definitely need a mandoline or an excellent knife if you want to make it without going crazy.

31. Zucchini Bread

Zucchini bread is the classic zuke-dump technique for a reason: It's always good. You can skip the chocolate (and maybe add some nice walnuts instead?) if you're weird like me. Recipe here.


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