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Saturday, July 18, 2009

zoo-kini


Z
ucchini parmesan is a great thing to make when you dont want to simply eat fried squash. Dont get me wrong, fried squash is good but put it in a parmesan setting and that regular old fried goody has some purpose.



Fry up some zucchini strips with the standard breading process and layer them in a pan with ricotta, asiago, parmesan and provolone cheeses and marinara sauce - then top the whole deal with mozzarella.



Bake covered in a 350F oven until the cheese is bubbly and perfect. Now is the hard part - let it cool and then put it in the fridge until the next day.



Straight from the fridge after it has had a chance to set and get cozy and friendly with all the flavors.



After a little nuke action to get it all ooey gooey and delicious.



Ready to serve with a few slices of baby green tomatoes for some tangy kick and a little shredded romano cheese, drizzle some extra virgin olive oil or even truffle oil if you are feeling a little decadent.



Hang in there - cruise desserts are still in the wings - look for yourself how overwhelming it is and then you will realize why I havent put the post together....where to start?...and this isnt even half of them!

27 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

That's a fun title...Very much like Lasagna...
Angie's Recipes

Jill said...

I always feel decadent...the truffle oil sounds ideal!

mic-kini said...

Lasagna ala Zoo-kini.
Perfect!

lisaiscooking said...

Those are some layers of delicious right there! The little green tomato tiara looks great too.

burpandslurp said...

holy moly! That looks freaking amazing! What a neat idea to use zucchini! I want MOOOOORE cheeeese!!

Jenn said...

At first I, too, thought it was a lasagna. You got me on this one. Looks scrumptious!! The more cheese the better!!

Btw...The picture of that dessert table just sent my sweet tooth into overdrive!!

Marjie said...

I like zucchini no matter how it's served. I know I'd like it with cheese. I'm not that big a fan of red sauce, but I'd give it a try after the melty nuking action!

Marta said...

Well, I have a theory that you could pretty much "parmesan" anything and it would be better!!! but this actually does look fantastic. Nice tall stacks of saucy, cheesy, zucchiniy goodness!

Rebekka said...

That is so perfect and so perfect for RIGHT NOW! I will be making this, probably several times, until the end of the Summer!

doggybloggy said...

angie: VERY much like lasagna

jill: you and me both

micky: yup parma-kini

lisa: the tomato tiara is on the plums the slices are here..but I hear ya

burp: pile it on - thats what I always say

jenn: you might want to get a snuggy or something to keep that sweet tooth in check when the whole lot comes out

marjie: I am with you on the red sauce - I hardly use any at all...

marta: I bet thats a theory that could easily be proved to be true...

rebekka: me too, maybe with a bechamel next time or beef it up with a bolognese

HannahBanana aka Amanda said...

Right up my alley. I love eggplant parmesan and have done tofu parmesan but have never done it with zucchini. Delicious!

oneshotbeyond said...

I'm loving how beautiful everything looks!

girlichef said...

Oh my gosh...YES with a drizzle of truffle oil! This looks and sounds amazing. Amazing!

Selba said...

Wooohooo... look at that great lasagna! Cute name... zoo is a place for animals; kini in Indonesian language means present time. A zoo in the present time, hehehe...

Reeni♥ said...

I'm not a big fan of zucchini - until now!! This changes everything. It looks so good that I'm speechless!

snugs said...

this is mouth watering gorgeous, I want it!I prefer the doggy stuff over the cruise ones..but you still take really great pics and it is nice to see the professional sort of presentation..

the ungourmet said...

This looks crazy good! I have zucchini coming out my ears right now. This will be another great way to use 'em up!

Harmony said...

That looks amazing! And..you used Ricotta? I think I love you!

♥peachkins♥ said...

At first I thought it was lasagna but when i read it, it's a healthier version! I love it!

Jeanne said...

Looks delicious -- wish I could eat it. I found a recipe for Zucchini Brownies that turned out be be pretty good....

Pooja said...

Oh my that looks delicious! I too thought it was lasagna. I would happily munch on these! The array of desserts look so tempting!

starrlife said...

Oh I've noticed that about Lasagna etc, better the next day always! Cruise food is something else isn't it?

TavoLini said...

You know, I had moussaka last week that kind of reminds me of your zucchini lasagna.

How are the 1000 (or was it 2000) posts coming?

Mo Diva said...

i am SO gonna broil the zuke and make this myself! carb friendly with all the yummy lasagna-esque tastes!
someone got on the brain line twice!

Leela said...

OMG, this looks amazing. Been eating soba in clear broth for the past several days and I SO crave a decadent dish like this.

Stacey Snacks said...

How did I miss a zucchini post?
I love this instead of eggplant.
I have a TON of ZUCCHINI right now.
I have 2 zucchini posts on this week.
Fried. Ricotta. Parmesan. Yum.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

This looks sensational. As much as I love eggplant, it does seem to absorb much more oil than zucchini.

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