baked zucchini and caramelized onion dip

June 14, 2013 § 38 Comments

Recently I saw a post on Reclaiming your Castle for baked zucchini.  Her post struck a cord with me because when I was 18 years old living in my first apartment and not knowing much about cooking, I would go to the market and bring home random vegetables not knowing what in the world I was going to do with them. I knew I couldn’t go wrong with zucchini.  As a little girl I loved zucchini.  I remember walking through my dad’s garden and  selecting one zucchini and asking my mom to cook it for me.  Kindly and patiently she sliced it into rounds, boiled and put a pat of butter on it.  I sat at the dining room table all alone enjoying my little bowl of comfort.  There was a time when boiling vegetables (a little too much) was the default recipe for getting them on the table for a houseful of hungry folks.  Therefore, at 18 years old when I discovered a breaded and baked zucchini recipe I was intrigued and knew it was going to be the first vegetable I wanted to learn to cook, rather than boil.  And I remember cooking it over and over again.  I used an egg dip, seasoned italian bread crumbs and dotted each one of  them with butter before baking in a preheated 425° oven for approximately 25 minutes until nice and crispy.   Revisiting this recipe after two decades (or so!) was like walking back into that little apartment kitchen.

This is a great side dish for the little ones around your table.  Please visit Sara’s site for a more detailed recipe!

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What really made these delicious was the caramelized onion dip.  I followed Sara’s recipe with one minor change.  I used greek yogurt rather than mayonnaise.  Don’t get me wrong, I love mayonnaise.  I didn’t have enough in house and I happened to have a full tub of yogurt.  Honestly, this is the same recipe I make for our potato chips while we are watching games during football season.

c a r a m e l i z e d   o n i o n   d i p

  • 1 medium sweet onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 cup greek yogurt

Melt the butter in a non stick pan over moderate heat.  Add the sweet onion slices and cook stirring occasionally until the onion softens and caramelizes.  This should take between 20 and 25 minutes, on medium-low heat.  When the onions are a nice brown hue and caramelized remove from heat and cool.

Place the onions, vinegar, honey and mustard in a food processor or blender and process until smooth.  Place in a serving bowl and stir in the yogurt.

Serves 4.

buon appetite.

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