Summer Mezze: Zucchini with Feta and Mint

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I love growing summer squash and am currently growing two varieties in my little veggie patch – Zephyr and Yellow Crookneck. Trouble is that often it grows faster than we can eat it! image
This recipe takes full advantage of all the great summer market and garden flavors on one plate! Zukes, mint and basil in an easy summer inspired mezze style dish.

I almost like this dish more on day 2 after the flavors have had some time to develop. Zukes are like sponges for flavor! Leftovers are great layered in a sandwich, on a salad or simply with bread, salt and a bit of olive oil.

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Summer Squash with Mint and Feta

  • 2 large zucchini, sliced into 1/3 inch rounds
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp chili pepper flakes
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil plus more for serving
  • 1 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp chopped parsley
  • 75 g feta, crumbled
  • 2 sprigs torn mint and some basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Balsamic glaze for drizzling

In a large frying pan, heat the oil until glistening. Add the garlic, chili and thyme and fry for 30 seconds but do not brown. Add the zucchini and sauté until it begins to yield to the heat of the pan. Add a good sprinkling of salt. Try not to crowd the pan.

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Drizzle in the vinegar and honey and toss until very well combined. Allow the zucchini to cook until softened but the rounds still hold their shape.

Before removing from heat mix in the chopped parsley. Transfer to a large serving platter and top with some finishing salt, feta and torn mint. Finish with some balsamic glaze.

NOTE: If your zukes have released a lot of water. Using tongs, remove the zuke rounds one by one. Allow the juiced to concentrate on the bottom of the hot pan. Once reduced to about 2 Tbsp, pour it over the zukes. Make sure to get every last bit of it!

Serve at room temperature.

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Garden Tip: 1 summer squash plant is more than enough for a family of 2 people but I would suggest planting a second if you have the space. 2 plants will improve pollination and will allow you to try a second variety too!

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