Friday, July 16, 2010

What to do with those giant zucchini????

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It happens almost overnight. To all of us. Those gorgeous zucchini flowers suddenly become GIANT ZUCCHINI. Cavemen-size clubs of greenness. Eek! What to do with them?

Here is my family's tried and true recipe for Zucchini Soup. It's a bit old-fashioned, but it is creamy and yummy and fantastic hot or cold. And it uses up those zucchini in a way that is elegant and easy. Try substituting creme fraiche for the sour cream!

Zucchini Soup

1 1/2 lb. zucchini (3-5) cut into 1/2 inch chunks
1/2 cup minced shallots or onions, chopped
3 Tabsp. butter
6 cups chicken broth
1 tsp. wine vinegar
3/4 tsp dill or tarragon (I use dill)
4 Tbsp. cream of wheat
1/2 cup sour cream
salt and pepper

Cook the onions slowly in the butter until golden but not brown. Add the zucchini chunks, chicken broth, vinegar and herbs. Bring to a boil and then add cream of wheat, stirring into the soup. Lower heat and simmer, partially covered for 30 minutes. Puree with a handheld mixer or in the blender, season with salt and pepper, and just before serving, mix in the sour cream.

Let me know what you think!


  1. The soup looks great! We've taken these whoppers and made Zucchini Bread, what a hit!

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