This month's assigned ingredients kind of threw me for a loop. Zucchini and brown sugar. Zucchini and brown sugar, really? Nothing immediately came to mind. I did some extensive googling and found some recipes that use zucchini as an apple substitute in a crisp-type dessert. That sounded interesting. But then I decided to go for something more savory. I thought of roasting the zucchini in a brown sugar/spice blend. Turns out that zucchini doesn't roast very well because it contains so much water. So then I decided to try the same idea, only broil it instead of roast it. I used bigger pieces of zucchini and I thought cooking it at a higher temperature for a shorter amount of time would bring less water out of it. I was right. It actually worked!
2 medium zucchini
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp salt
Preheat broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil.
Slice zucchini lengthwise into ¼” slices. Lay slices on baking sheet.
In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, paprika, and salt. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the zucchini slices. Place under broiler and broil for about 8 minutes, or until zucchini just starts to get tender.
Makes 4 servings.
I've definitely never had zucchini like this before. The great thing about zucchini is that its flavor is mild enough that you put pretty much any kind of seasoning with it. The brown sugar and smoked paprika go really well together and the zucchini is a great canvas for them. They definitely take boring old zucchini up a notch!
Be sure to check out all the other great zucchini and brown sugar recipes below and come back next month to see what I make with oatmeal and raisins!