Friday, October 31, 2008

Simply Zucchini Crostini

Crostini is an Italian appetizer or starter with savoury toppings on fried/toasted bread.It literally means little crusts".It is usually made by slicing crusty bread and toasting/grilling in the oven drizzzling with oil and served with a variety of toppings.Here I have tried to create a crostini without bread and using zucchini instead.I have seen recipes where toasted bread is topped with zucchini and I decided to zucchini itself as a base.It was a quick and delightful treat and so here it is.

Ingredients:

Zucchini: 1 large
Tomatoes: 1-2
Mozarella Cheese : few small slices/shredded
Salt&Pepper: as per taste

Preparation:

Cut zucchini into little bit thick round slices -no need to peel the zucchini.Place these in a baking sheet and season both sides with salt,pepper and your choice of seasoning and drizzle with olive oil/use cooking spray.Broil for 7-10 minutes or until they start to brown.If the slices are too thick then boil the other side for 2-3 minutes as well.They should be correctly cooked -thats the idea.

In a bowl,cut the tomatoes into bite size pieces and season with salt and pepper.You can add any other seasoning like chilli flake,basil,oregano etc as per taste.I have stuck to the basic salt and pepper only.

Take a round broiled slice of zucchini and top it with tomato pieces.Top the tomato with a small piece or shreds of mozarella cheese and place it back on the baking sheet.Do so with all the slices.Now place the baking sheet in the oven and broil these for 5-7 minutes or until the cheese starts melting.

Serve as a colourful and tasty veggie appetizer or even a healthy snack.It is savoury and though softer compared to normal crostini,it is crunchy and healthy.Zucchini makes it crunchy that is.


Zucchini is actually an immature fruit of the zucchini flower though it is treated as a vegetable.It belongs to the Curcubita Pepe or the gourd family and is a summer squash and so this entry is my contribution to Waiter there's Something in my Gourd event held this time by the creator herself,CookSister.

This healthy appetizer also goes to EC of SimpleIndianFood WYF:PartyFood event

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