Nigel says, "Middle Eastern cooking is flecked with the cool pepperiness of fresh mint. Italian, and especially Sicilian, cooks include mint with zucchini, often in tandem with garlic and lemon. I find mint invigorating with all summer squashes and often make a dish where they (pattypan is particularly suitable) are cooked in olive oil with mint and the merest hint of garlic. It is very good with grilled fish."
Lemon and Garlic Zucchini with Mint & Feta
Adapted from Tender by Nigel Slater
small zucchini (14 oz)
2 cloves garlic
3 Tbsp olive oil (I used 2 Tbsp)
a good handful of mint leaves
a small handful of flat-leaf parsley
juice of 1/2 lemon
sea slat and black pepper to taste
(I added crumbled feta--about 2 Tbsp)
Cut zucchini in half lengthwise and slice. Peel the garlic and coarsely chop it. Warm the olive oil in a shallow pan. Add the chopped garlic, let it fry for a minute over medium heat, then add the zucchini. Let them cook in the oil, turning them occasionally, until they are lightly golden and tender. Add the whole mint leaves and parsley leaves . Increase the heat, pour in the lemon juice, and let it bubble briefly. Add sea salt and black pepper to taste. Crumble over some feta.
Lemon Compound Butter
Adapted from "A Simple Sole" --Notes from the Larder by Nigel Slater
"I grate the zest of a small
Notes/Results: This was a fabulous dinner for a summer night. I loved the flavors in the zucchini dish--especially with the added feta. Next time I might throw on some pine nuts. Portion wise, Nigel says it serves two and I didn't weigh my zucchini, but I would consider it medium and felt like it would not be enough to feed two people--so if making for more than a single serving I would use more zucchini. (It looks deceptive in the picture because I used a salad-size plate.) The lemon compound butter was from a simple sole dinner recipe in Nigel's notes. Since I didn't have a lime on hand, I used lemon which went well with the side dish anyway. You could do this with any fish and it would be great. I will definitely make both of these again.
It's Zest It Up! week at I Heart Cooking Clubs. You can see the of the citrus dishes the participants made by checking out the picture links on the post.
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