Zucchini Parmesan


Apparently, the other day was National Zucchini Day.  I’m not sure who actually coins these days.  Are they officially on the calendar?  I think not but, we were happy to celebrate in our own way.

If you read this blog religiously (hoepfully), you’ll remember my post (just last week) with our Chocolate Zucchini Cake recipe.  We made that cake from the largest zucchini we’ve ever seen–grown straight from our garden (and subsequently, the second picture with my daughter is of another zucchini grown in our garden just a week later!)




It was a thrilling day in our house because, from just one massive zucchini, we were able to make three different dishes.

In addition to the Chocolate Zucchini Cake, we also made our version of Zucchini Parmesan. YUM!  In my family Chicken Parm is our celebrated dish but Veal Parm and Eggplant Parm come in close seconds.  We had never experimented with Zucchini Parm, nor had we ever eaten it.

Zucchini Parmesan is exactly what it sounds like:  substitute the main ingredient in your regular Parmesan dishes with zucchini.

It’s that simple.

We started out by cutting substantial disk-shaped pieces from the zucchini.  You need to make sure your zucchini pieces are as thick as a piece of meat or eggplant.

Then your following steps are easy and a very fun activity for kids (if you don’t mind some mess):  cover pan with zucchini disks, coat zucchini with tomato sauce, spread some pesto, layer over top with mozzarella cheese, sprinkle Parmesan and repeat until you’ve reached the top of your pan.

zucchini parm

After just a short time in the oven, we were ready to eat.

I must say, I was a little skeptical of how this dish would taste but soon remembered anything slathered in tomato sauce and lots of cheese is always a crowd pleaser.

This dish was amazing– cheesy, tangy –and the zucchinis were meaty enough that we were truly full after one portion (something you’d might not expect from a veggie-based dish).

In fact, this dish was so good, my son requested it to be reheated the next day for lunch!


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