Looks like it’s zucchini bread-makin’ time!

This always seems to happen in the summer. People plant their gardens, get a bumper crop of zucchini, and then give it to me. I love zucchini, but I can only eat so much. M isn’t a big fan, so I can’t really sneak it into his dinner. Guess I’ll just have to make some zucchini bread. All this cooking is definitely not diet friendly, but hey, nobody said I had to eat the zucchini bread! Here’s my grandma’s recipe and some other ideas for what to do with all that zucchini!!!

Grandma’s Zucchini Bread
3 eggs, beaten
1 c. oil
1 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
2 c. zucchini, peeled and grated
2 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. vanilla
3 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 c. chopped nuts and/or raisins, optional

Mix the eggs, oil, sugars, zucchini and vanilla in a large bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Add raisin or nuts if you like. I don’t like raisins, but I think walnuts or pecans would be good in this. Pour into 2 loaf pans and bake for 45-50 minutes at 350 degrees.

Zucchini Cakes
For the vegetarians out there. Like crab or salmon cakes….but not.
2 1/2 c. grated zucchini
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp. butter, melted
1 c. bread crumbs
1/4 c. onion, finely chopped
1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
1/4 c. flour
oil for frying

In a bowl, combine the wet ingredients, zucchini, egg, and butter. Next stir in the bread crumbs, onion, and Old Bay. Shape into patties, dredge in flour, and pan fry patties in oil until browned on both sides.

Fried Zucchini
Zucchini, cut into slices, thickness can vary depending on your preference
1-2 eggs, beaten
Panko or Regular Bread Crumbs
Salt and Pepper
Oil for pan frying

I didn’t include amounts for the ingredients list because it depends on how many people you want to feed. Also, I don’t really measure this out, just kind of eyeball it. You will want to set up your eggs, flour, and bread crumbs in separate bowls, kind of in an assembly line.

Anyway, mix some salt and pepper into the flour. Dredge the zucchini slices in the flour to coat. Next dip the slices in the egg wash, then coat in bread crumbs. Finally, place them into a hot pan with enough oil to pan fry them. Pan fry until they are golden on both sides. I like to serve these with some marinara sauce for dipping.

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