I've been given two zucchinis, so here goes
Bacon and frying redeems all things
I don’t know if you’ve ever attempted a veggie garden of your own – but if you have, you’ll know that everything gets killed by snails in its infancy, except the zucchini plant. Which will become a weed and you’ll be giving away free zucchini to your friends, neighbours, and anyone who you catch putting pamphlets in your letterbox.
And hence yesterday, a lovely lady knocked at my door and gave me two zucchinis. And I’ll be honest, I know what to do with two zucchinis as much as a tradie would know what to do with a belt. I realise people are quick to point out you can make chocolate cake and muffins with zucchini, but you can also make chocolate cake and muffins with condensed milk and flour and egg and there's a reason that is more popular. My mum is a great proponent of zucchini quiches, but she’s not reading this so I’m going to say outright they are the greatest argument for chucking two zucchinis in the bin ever.
Happily, though, the lady had a recipe: “cut the zucchini in half, slice the sides so they sit flat, and place in a very hot frying pan. Wait til they’re golden brown, then sprinkle some cheese (and bacon I interrupted? She concurred) and grill them.”
“Best way to cook zucchini. Give it a try!”
Well, I ended up getting Maccas that day, but this afternoon, I took the two zucchinis and did as I was told. I reckon I added too much butter to the frying pan, so they ended up almost deep frying, but as I’ve argued elsewhere, you can deep fry cardboard and it’ll be amazing so it has to work for zucchini.
I chucked on the bacon, flipped it and the zucchini in the pans like the frying pro I am not, and then took out the zucchini, sprinkled with cheddar, cut up the bacon, and then thrust under the grill. Incidentally I’d cooked 1 too many pieces of bacon (would have been 2, but it didn’t fit in the pan damnit), so that was something to eat whilst I waited.
This was the result:
I realise it looks a bit ugly, charred and yet soggy - but it was actually quite crisp. And I enjoyed it quite a bit, which was the point.