Once in a very great while, i make a substitution in a recipe and it works! This is one. Still working on those uses for zucchini.
I simply substituted half the butter with shredded zucchini and no other changes. If your zucchini is young, it’s likely you’ll need to squeeze out a bit of the excess moisture or you’ll need to add a bit more flour to stiffen the dough.
Gingersnap Cookies (Soft & Chewy)
Prep Time: 15 mins Total Time 25 mins Serves 24
1 cup white sugar
1 cup butter*
¼ cup molasses
2 ½ cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ cup sugar on a plate for later
In a large bowl, beat the sugar, butter, egg, and molasses for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves and mix by hand. Take one good size tablespoon of dough (or more for a larger cookie) and roll into a ball. On a plate or shallow bowl, put the sugar, then roll each ball around in the sugar to coat.
Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes on cookie sheet. Adjust time as needed.
*during zucchini season, try substituting squeezed out shredded zucchini for half the butter. It is excellent!
It’s zucchini season and time to pull out the plethora of excellent recipes to use this bountiful summer squash. If someone secretly leaves zucchinis in your car or at home, be thankful!!
A bountiful number of bread and dessert recipes are found in cookbooks and internet and i will share a couple of our family favorites, but i’m focusing more this year on casseroles and main dish recipes. Here’s one i just developed sort of combining two recipes I already have. It turned out fabulously!!! Not like pizza or anything, but definitely ranks high enough that it can remain in the regular lineup of meals.
From the kitchen of Tauna M (Falconer) Powell
2 cups shredded zucchini
½ lb cooked beef sausage or beef brats* cut in small pieces
1 medium onion chopped
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups milk
1 tablespoon mustard
¼ tsp black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup grated Parmesan
Preheat oven to 325˚F. Layer half the zucchini, onion, sausage, and cheddar cheese in a buttered oblong baking dish, 11 x 7 x 1 ½ inches; repeat. Mix eggs, milk, mustard, pepper, and salt very well, then pour over the layered ingredients. Sprinkle over top with Parmesan cheese. Cook uncovered in oven until set, 45 to 50 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes then cut into squares for serving.
Note: Once assembled, this casserole can be covered and refrigerated up to 24 hours before cooking.
*I use all beef brats from Coleman Farms grassfinished beef. However, it will also be good with my own home made beef sausage.
In a large bowl, whisk together all of the pancake mix ingredients. Store in an airtight container for up to several months.
TO MAKE PANCAKES:
Combine 1 1/3 cup of the pancake mix with the water, egg, butter or oil, and vanilla (if using).
Drop by 1/4 cup-full into a greased hot skillet set over medium heat. Cook until edges appear dry and bubbles appear on the surface, about 2 minute. Flip and cook another 1-2 minutes on the other side.
Serve immediately as desired, or keep warm in a 200 degree oven until ready to serve.
baking tip:PANCAKE MAKING TIPS
Starting with room temperature liquid and eggs will prevent the melted butter from solidifying into tiny droplets when you add it to the wet ingredients, OR you can stir in the melted butter at the very end after you’ve combined the wet and dry ingredients.
Whisk the wet and dry ingredients only until just combined, do not over mix the batter. It’s okay if it’s a little lumpy. This will produce a more tender pancake.
I prefer to use a cast iron skillet or griddle for pancakes, as it creates a great golden exterior.
To keep pancakes warm and crisp until you’re ready to serve, place them in a single layer on a sheet pan in a 200 degree oven.
Pancakes freeze really well! Place a sheet of parchment paper or wax paper in between each pancake inside a ziplock bag or plastic container. Store for up to 1 month. Reheat in the toaster.