Two sides we have really enjoyed this summer are zucchini boats and fried green tomatoes (hence the title quote from namesake movie.) The zucchini boats I found off the website Proud Italian Cook. I'm not going to take her picture 'cause I don't know all the picture posting etiquette yet and I don't have pics of the ones I've made, but trust me, these are yummy.
- Cut your zucchinis or squashes in half lengthwise.
- Scoop out the middle seed part with a melon baller (I think you are supposed to chop up the middles and put them back in, but I steam the little squash balls for my Squish to eat. She can't get enough of them) or a spoon would work too.
- Brush with mixture of crushed garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. (Uh, I supposed you want measurements, but I don't have them, just go with it).
- Arrange halved grape tomatoes in the groove, sprinkle with breadcrumbs (I always use panko), place in baking dish and bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or so.
- Remove and place a delicious cheese (the recipe recommends fontina or mozz) in between the tomatoes.
- Put back in the oven and broil 'til bubbly.
- The recipe says to drizzle with more olive oil and parm when you take it out, but I never do.
- My delicious alterations - I put diced mushrooms in the zucchini bed before I put the tomatoes in or some caramelized onions. So good!
- Slice green tomatoes 1/2 inch thick, discard the ends.
- Lay tomato slices on plate and sprinkle lightly with salt to dry them out a bit.
- Set up coating stations. Station 1) Recipe calls for plate of flour (1 cup) but here is my first Saratrix. I use dry pancake mix* instead of flour. Coats so well and fries up crispy. Station 2) 2 eggs and 1/2c of milk whisked together. Station 3) Recipe calls for 1/2 cup of cornmeal and 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs but Saratrix #2 is to use 1 cup of panko** instead (I'm going to have to trademark Saratrix aren't I?) (I put panko in everything, love it!), plus 2 teaspoons of coarse sea salt and 1/4 tsp of black pepper.
- Coat tomato slices in pancake mix, then dip in egg/milk mixture, then dredge through panko. Bonus Saratrix - Do all of the slices in pancake mix first, then one by one through egg then panko. That way your fingers don't get all munked up. Well, not as much.
- Pour 1/2 inch or so vegetable oil in pan (canola is probably ok. Ahh, who am I kidding, I don't know anything about oils. Use whatever you want). Heat over medium heat. Place tomatoes in pan in batches depending on size of pan. Don't crowd them, they shouldn't touch! When tomatoes are brown flip to other side (I use tongs to flip). Last night it was about four minutes per side. When both sides are brown drain on paper towel.
- Saratrix #3, serve with a dollop of orange marmalade***. So stinkin' good!
*Thanks to husband's co-worker for this tip!
** Thanks to South Carolinian transplant friend for panko tip!
***Came up with this one on my own!