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    Tuesday
    May282013

    Zucchini Fettuccini 

    Not a noodle!

    Side dishes are usually overlooked and kinda boring. No wonder they're overlooked.

    This one is definitely not one of those.

    There are some days when boiling a huge pot of water just seems like too much trouble. Especially in the summer when it's warm outside and adding humidity to the house is the last thing you want to do. It's not quite that warm here yet, but I've been craving zucchini, and this is a fun way to eat it. I'll bet even kids would be willing to try them this way!

    Zucchini Fettuccini

    (this serves one, multiply as needed!)

    • 1 zucchini
    • 1 tsp butter
    • 1 clove garlic

    Using a vegetable peeler, or a mandolin (if you have one) peel thin strips off the zucchini.

    Keep going with the peeler. Don't worry if the strips are even in width, or if they break a bit.

    The middle, where all the seeds are, won't work well, so don't worry about it. Just keep turning and peeling the zuke until you've turned as much of it into ribbons as possible.

    Heat a large pan over high heat. The goal here is to really sautee these things. You don't want them to steam at all. Zucchini has a very high moisture content, and we want to trap that moisture inside the "fettuccini."

    Chop the garlic. Get the butter sizzling, then drop in the garlic. It and the butter will start to brown pretty fast. As soon as you see that golden edge, drop in your zucchini.

     

    Keep the fettuccini moving around and DON'T add salt. Salt will draw that moisture out, and we want it trapped. It takes about 3 minutes for the zucchini to cook.

    Topped with a bit of grated parm, or a tiny sprinkle of lemon zest..

    These not-a-noodles, make a perfect side dish

    Hm. What should I put on the other half of the plate...

    How about chicken picatta?

    I'll bet the zucchini fettuccini would be great next to Taneasha's little turkey meatloafs too!

    What would you put on the other side of the plate?

     

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