Thursday, June 21, 2012

Crunchy Zucchini Isles

Having a beautiful vegetable garden, my mother gathers tremendous zucchinis. So when the season arrives, the whole family is well provided with the summer squash. One of the many recipes in which my mamma uses them are her famous zucchini sandwiches. With just zucchini, ham and cheese they are a version of the common ham and cheese sandwich, popular known in Spain as "mixto". For these sandwiches what you need to do is to replace the bread with zucchini slices. To keep the layers together you have to coat them in egg and fry them. An oily business, I tell you.

Here in Germany, where I live, the family provider for zucchinis is my mother-in-law. So when, after visiting the family last time, we came home with a couple of nice specimens, I remembered the famous sandwiches from my mother. However, as I'm a little bit lazy and hate frying, I tried something new: crunchy zucchini isles, with a result that speaks for itself!


1 zucchini, if possible a large one
2-3 slices of ham
3-4 slices of Emmental cheese
Feta cheese
2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp. breadcrumbs
olive oil

Preheat the oven to 250 °C (approx. 475 °F or very hot). Prepare an oven tray with aluminum foil. Wash the zucchini and cut into 1 cm slices which we put on the tray previously sprinkled with some olive oil. Add some salt to the top of the slices. Now put a slice of ham, a slice or two of Emmental cheese and a cube of feta cheese on top of them all. In a bowl, mix the grated Parmesan with the breadcrumbs and sprinkle the zucchini isles with this mixture.
Put in the preheated oven and let for about 10 minutes or until golden brown
Et voilà!

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