Thursday, July 16, 2015

Zucchini Butter


I came upon this recipe on the sidebar of The Kitchn website on Monday July 13th. The next day it was not there, everything changed. I scrambled to think of the name, thank goodness their site is well organized and it’s easy to find what you want. The recipe is butter……….zucchini butter, by Jennie Cook, a caterer in Los Angeles, CA.

Here the zucchini is grated and sautéed with olive oil on medium-high heat. The grated bits break down and become soft and buttery and become a spreadable consistency. I added minced garlic a minute or so before I removed the zucchini off the heat. The instructions say to scrape the brown bits at the bottom of the skillet into the mix to deepen the flavor. What a revelation! It’s almost like it is caramelized. This what I love about cooking and blogging, the possibilities.

*The notes also say to enjoy on toast or as a side dish and the butter will last about a month in the fridge.


Ingredients:

2 pounds zucchini (grated)
1/4 cup olive oil or butter (I used olive oil)
2 minced shallot, garlic or a combination. (I used garlic)
Salt and pepper

To prepare:

Place grated zucchini in a clean dish towel and twist as much moisture out as you can.

In a large skillet on medium to medium-high heat add oil, then add zucchini and combine.


Keep cooking and stirring until zucchini reaches a spreadable consistency about 20 to 25 minutes. If pieces of zucchini turn a little brown on the bottom just scrape them into the mix. Add garlic and stir for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat.


Even though 2 pounds seems like a lot of zucchini, notice how much it shrinks down in the cooking process and slowly caramelizes into a nice vegetable jam. Look at it's beautiful bright green color!





Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

86 comments:

  1. It is a great recipe dear..Zucchini is not easily available in India. .but we will get in super market..ll try surely

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    1. Thanks Moumita, hope you can get your hands on some. Take care!

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  2. OMG! This butter is amazing!

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  3. Delicious! !I love zucchini any way!
    xo

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    1. Thanks Gloria, I love zucchini too, always trying to figure out new ways to cook it too.

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    1. Hi Monica, I am learning so much, there are some foods that I cook over and over the same way, trying to change that.

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    2. Hi Monica, I'm so sorry you wrote such nice things and I accidently delted it.

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  5. What a great idea! I bet it would be really good on some homemade sourdough bread.

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    1. Thats the way we tried it first and it was delicious! Thanks, Dannii!

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  6. I've never heard of zucchini butter. It's amazing how well it retains it's colour. I can imagine this being wonderful on top of some crusty bread xx

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    1. Hi Charlie, thats how we tried it first and it was delicious!

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  7. Courgettes (as we call them) are so delicious when cooked until golden. And they're great as fritters - cooked similar to this but with a little flour to keep them in shape. They're on special this week so I must buy some tomorrow!

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    1. Hi johnny, we are starting to have them coming out of our ears, love them most any way.

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  8. Yum, this is wonderful Cheri. would love to spread it on anything. I just love zucchini.

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    1. Thanks Suzanne, thats what we have been doing here.

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  9. This does sound delicious and healthy!

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  10. Wow this is so interesting and I just happen to have some garden fresh zucchini! Lovely - have a nice weekend Cheri.

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    1. Thanks Tricia, I bet your garden is growing like crazy right now. Have fun!

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  11. Wow! This sounds fantastic, especially in the midst of zucchini season. What a great appetizer. I know you think I am just saying this, but I want to make this over the weekend for guests! I was thinking of simply serving cucumber slices but this sounds much better! Have a great weekend! ~ David

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    1. Hi David, I hope you do try it as it does make a great appetizer. Been having a great week-end. Thanks!

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  12. How interesting! And I love just how healthy and delicious this summer squash butter looks.

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    1. Thanks Angie, always looking for ways to use up zucchini.

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  13. This looks delicious and sweet. Yes, those browned bits at the bottom of the pan are precious. 'glad you included them! Thanks so much Cheri. D

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    1. Hi Dena, yes the browned bits are the best part. Thanks!

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  14. Never thought to make zucchini butter - delicious!
    Have a happy Saturday.
    :-) Mandy xo

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    1. Thanks Mandy, hope you are having a great week-end!

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  15. What a terrific way to use zucchini! This sounds delicious.

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  16. Woah this is awesome! I've never thought of using zucchini in ways other than just cooking it as a vegetable in dishes!

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  17. Wow, I've never heard of zucchini butter before, Cheri. Love this. You're always bringing wonderfully new and different recipes to share. Thanks so much for your very kind words on my blog :) Hope you're enjoying your weekend.

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    1. Thanks Robyn, you are so kind. Yes had a great but busy week-end!

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  18. The possibilites are indeed endless once I start adventuring to neighboring blogs like My Savory Spoon =) Yes, please to a big slice of toast and a bite of your garlic infused zucchini spread =)

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    1. Thanks Kim, that's the best way so far to enjoy it.

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  19. Oh Cheri, I love this idea! Our garden zucchini is ready for harvesting and this is such a great way to use some up! It sounds so delicious!

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  20. Ooo I love this! I'm going to have to remember this once I get an absurd amount of zucchini from my CSA!

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    1. Thanks Joanne, it's a fun way to use it up.

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  21. what a wonderful idea, Cheri! I suppose it's a bit like a zucchini pesto ... love the idea of spreading it on bread, though! :-)

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    1. Well yes, kind of I guess, it does become spreadable and it does taste very fresh. Take care!

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  22. This sounds really good, Cheri! I'm glad you found it so you could share it :)

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    1. Thanks Susan, me too. I'll be making this one again and again.

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  23. This is a great idea. Somehow I always end up with one or two extra zucchini and this would be a perfect way to use them! Thanks for calling it to our attention, Cheri!

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    1. Your welcome Abbe, I must of missed this though when it first was posted. Have a great week.

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  24. What a super fun way to use zucchini! Thanks for discovering this Cheri and sharing it with us. It seems there's always a plethora of zucchini at this time of the year.

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    1. Hi Scott, yes, this is the time of year I start scrambling for new ways to prepare zucchini. Take care!

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  25. What a super fun way to use zucchini! Thanks for discovering this Cheri and sharing it with us. It seems there's always a plethora of zucchini at this time of the year.

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  26. I love the idea of zucchini butter - absolutely amazing! Think this might be my new obsession!

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  27. Summer means lots of zucchini and this is a wonderful suggestion on what to do with some of them.

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    1. Hi Karen, yes at least 2 pounds at a time. Hope you are doing better, take care!

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  28. I've never heard of such a thing, but it sure sounds delicious!!!

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    1. Thanks Liz, it really is, it tastes so fresh and is very spreadable.

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  29. Zukes Butter? Sounds amazing!!!! I need to try this asap

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    1. Hi Mike, let me know if you do, it's pretty good.

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  30. Zucchini butter? What a great idea!!!

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  31. Dear Cheri - hope you summer is going well and you are finding time to relax - your zucchini butter is a fabulous idea! We are always looking for that one more lovely zucchini recipe and this is certainly a great one!
    Thank you for sharing, dear friend!
    Andrea

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    1. Hi Andrea, yes, I am having a very nice summer, though the weather has been pretty warm. I am also on the lookout for zucchini recipes, good bounty of it this year.

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  32. This is truly a genius recipe. I can't wait to make this. It's PERFECT for summer!!!

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  33. This is such a great way to use zucchini, I am definitely going to try this out!

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    1. Thanks Phi, i hope you do it is delicious!

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  34. Ohh yum! Zucchini butter..I would love that on a rustic piece of Tuscan bread.

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    1. That's how we enjoyed the zucchini butter and it was delicious!

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  35. I like so much zucchini. I hope I'll try soon this recipe. Looks delicious!

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    1. Thanks Simona, if you like zucchini you should like this butter. Take care!

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  36. This is new to me, but I love it! Really fun idea! Thanks so much for introducing me to this. :-)

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    1. Thanks John, it's a great way to use up 2 pounds of zucchini.

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  37. I would slather this all over everything! :)

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  38. I would slather this all over everything! :)

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  39. Looks vibrant and fresh! Love the idea, Cheri. Great job in sharing this, thank you!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

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  40. This really sounds flavorful! What a great way to use zucchini. I will have to save this for when we have our garden again.

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