Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Individual Zanyas (A Tutorial)

When I was a kid, I absolutely hated squash - I wanted absolutely no part of it!! As I've **ahem** grown up, I've come to my senses about this super summer veggie.  So if you find yourself with an abundance of crookneck or zucchini, give this recipe a try.  I will admit that this is a little more "handsy" than what I normally promote, but it is oh so worth it! 

What to Gather:
  • 1 Yellow Squash or Zucchini per person (or more if really hungry!)
  • Oil (your choice – I’ve been using Safflower lately)
  •  S&P
  • 1 or 2 pats of butter
  •   ¼ to ½ of an onion chopped (I prefer a sweet onion, but red would also be good)
  •  1 small container of low fat ricotta cheese or cottage cheese (can use a large container if you're making a bunch)
  •  Shredded Parmesan Cheese (about 1/3 cup)
  •  2 tbsp. Basil (dried or finely chopped fresh)
  • Garlic Powder to taste
  • Salt &Pepper to taste
  • Your favorite pasta or spaghetti sauce

What To Do 
  • Preheat grill (outdoor or indoor) and preheat oven to 350 degrees.  
  • Wash and thinly slice the squash lengthwise; these will be your noodles.  (I used my mandolin slicer   which makes perfectly uniform slices!)  
  • Brush each slice with olive oil; season with salt and pepper.
    •  Grill on both sides; you are looking for some nice caramelization and for the squash to be soft.
    •  While the squash is grilling, caramelize onions in butter.
    •  Mix ricotta, parmesan cheese, basil, s&p, garlic powder, and caramelized onions together - do this to your own taste. (Note - if you use cottage cheese, make sure it's drained thoroughly!)
    • In a casserole dish, start layering – squash, cheese mixture, squash, cheese mixture, on and on until it’s how you like it – or depending on how many individual stacks you want; just be sure to end up with  squash on top.
    • Top with your favorite sauce, and more parmesan cheese.
      Place in the oven until heated through and cheese is melted…about 20 to 30 minutes.


      1. this sounds delicious! As soon as I get more than one squash/zucchini I'm going to give it a try.

      2. Thanks so much! Let me know how it turns out!


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