Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Sneaky Neighbors

Do you live in a trustworthy neighborhood?

Is it safe to leave your doors unlocked and your windows open?

Even on August 8th?

What is August 8th, you ask?

It's "National Sneak a Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day."

Damn sneaky neighbors.

If you have been a victim, I have your remedy.

Check out the wide variety of Zucchini Recipes that I have already shared here on the blog...

Or, try something new: Shredded Zucchini and Corn.

This side dish is adapted from a Cook's Illustrated recipe. It is a quick and appetizing way to use not only the bounty of the zucchini harvest, but also delicious sweet corn and chives. Grilling steaks? Frying up some fish? Roasting a chicken? Shredded Zucchini and Corn can sneak onto the plate beside any of these.

(adapted from Cook's Illustrated)

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
4 small zucchini, shredded and squeezed dry
3 medium ears sweet corn, kernels cut from cob
1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

Shred zucchini with a box grater or in a food processor.
Wrap shredded zucchini in paper towels and squeeze out excess liquid.
Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
Add the onion and cook, stirring, until tender.
Add the garlic and continue cooking and stirring, being careful not to burn.
Add the zucchini and corn and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender.
Stir in the chives and season with salt and pepper. (Serves 4)

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