It’s zucchini season, yay! I have recently discovered my love for raw zucchini, especially in a form of chips. Slice them thinly and use instead of chips to dip into strawberry mango salsa, garlic hummus recipe or Greek salad layered dip. This way, you can enjoy more of an appetizer itself. Even with a healthy dip, calories add up quickly when digging into it with chips.
I made these Mediterranean Baked Zucchini Sticks a few weeks back, when the heat wave hasn’t hit Vancouver yet. I was in a mood for a lighter zucchini boats, without the sauce and cheese. The ones you can pick up with your hands, more of a side dish or even a cold appetizer. Mmmm, sounds good in a mid of July…
I oven roasted them stuffed with tomatoes, bell peppers and Kalamata olives until soft but still crunchy. Then topped with feta cheese and placed under the broiler until cheese became golden and crisp, and sprinkled with fresh dill (parsley works better but I was out). These zucchini sticks are the case when food tastes great even cold, same with Parmesan zucchini sticks. So, serve hot or eat straight out of the fridge.
I have never been a fan of zucchini as a kid. In Ukraine, we had these big fat light green coloured zucchini, more of a squash type. No cute long dark green or yellow ones. My grandma would cut zucchini in rounds, dip in a flour and panfry with oil. Now I would take a few but back then I was silly. I often envy my kids’ metabolism, don’t you?!
These zucchini sticks keep well refrigerated for a few days. If you are serving more than 4 people, I recommend to double the recipe, they disappear fast.
Mediterranean Baked Zucchini Sticks
- 4 zucchini medium
- 1 cup red bell pepper finely chopped
- 1/2 cup tomatoes finely chopped
- 1/2 cup Kalamata olives finely chopped
- 3 large garlic cloves minced
- 1 tbsp oregano dried
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbled
- 1/4 cup parsley finely chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise and scoop out the middle with a spoon or melon baller. Discard or eat the flesh ( I love raw zucchini!). Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix to combine bell pepper, tomato, olives, garlic, oregano and black pepper. Fill each zucchini with a mixture distributing evenly. Place in a large baking dish or rimmed baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Top with feta cheese and broil on high for 3 more minutes or until cheese has browned. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with parsley and serve hot or cold.
Store: Refrigerate covered for up to 2-3 days.
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