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Beautiful Baked Zucchini Recipe

Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

Equipment needed

  • 2 pcs oven trays

What you need

  • 8 pcs medium size zucchini
  • 3 tbsp dukkah (make your own or store bought)
  • 1 pc pomegranate (cut in half and bashed face down into an empty bowl to de-seed, with a rolling pin)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup labne OR fresh goat’s / sheep’s milk curd OR leave out for dairy free variation
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds (almonds toasted at 180 for 15 minutes. Your favourite nuts other than almond are fine too)
  • 1/2 cup chopped mint
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 part of one juiced lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Pre heat oven on 180C
  • Cut all the zucchini long ways in half, leaving the tips on.
  • Lay them out along 2 baking trays, inside up.
  • Drizzle with the olive oil
  • Bake for 20-30mins until tender – squeeze them gently and if they squeeze a little to the touch, they’re cooked.
  • NOTE: Do not salt them for roasting. It will make them soggy and draw too much moisture at this stage.
  • Then, either warm or cool depending on what you’re after mood-wise, arrange your zucchini halves in your presentation tray.
  • Sprinkle all your ingredients along the zucchini to the level at which you want to adorn them. I love generous flavours, so I use quite a bit, but if you like subtlety, you can sprinkle less.
  • I do dukkah then herbs, then curd, then almonds, then pomegranate. Then I season and squeeze a little hint of citrus along the dish for a bit of zing and a final drizzle of olive oil if you feel you want to.
  • Plate look messy around the edges? Grab a paper or tea towel and wipe around the edges to clean it up.
  • What you’re left with now is a dish that has it all – sweet, salty, bitter, crunchy, nutty, soft, herbacious… The lot. It’s so delicious, light, rich and fresh all at once and is one of my favourite ways to do a 2 zuuchini for myself, all ingredients reduced, for 2 simple mid week meals with 2 different accompaniments for variety during the week when working from home.
  • You’re also left with something that – while being ridiculously simple to assemble – is a show stopper that crowds love and people think you’re an amazing cook for producing. I am all about making you look good and feel relaxed with minimal effort.