Oven Roasted Garlic Zucchini  Spears

Oven Roasted Garlic Zucchini  Spears bake up easily in the oven with a topping of roasted garlic,  Parmesan cheese and crunchy bread crumbs.
Oven Roasted Garlic Zucchini Spears

Oven Roasted Garlic Zucchini  Spears

By  Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Oven Roasted Garlic Zucchini  Spears is my recipe of the day.  I still have zucchini in abundance (and  will  for awhile, by the looks of things in the garden!)

I know  I am  always  looking  for new and delicious ways  to serve it. And  this is  another of those recipes.

Much like  your normal baked and breaded zukes,  but  I had some  roasted garlic and thought it would make a delicious  addition. And  so  it does.

Roasted Garlic is a Flavor Bomb!

Mashed up  with a fork and spread along the length of the squash. Then I topped it with a  crumb mix of grated Parmesan and crushed croutons. Because croutons are extra crisp and  come packed with  flavor.

Then it is just a  matter of baking it  until it  is tender enough  to get a  fork in,  but not  so much that it is soft. I hate really soft and  overcooked zukes. They  seem  so watery. This is cooked just right.

Oven Roasted Garlic Zucchini Spears

I chose smallish zukes for this, the ones just slightly longer than your hand. The really big ones, and I know you have  those out there, really need to be  cut and have the seeds removed.

Choose your Zukes…Wisely!

If you are  choosing zukes in  the market,  try to select  ones that are really firm and don’t bend very much,  if at all. If you can wiggle  it back  and forth like a bookworm,  it definitely  is  not  fresh. Also avoid  ones that have nasty  looking ends. I  have seen some  at the market that are gross.

These are sliced  in  half  lengthwise. No need to trim the  bottom if you slightly crumple the  foil  on the  pan. And that is pretty much it. I figure one smallish zuke per person, which is two halves, although a child will  eat only one or  perhaps half of one, depending how old they  are.

Oven Roasted Garlic Zucchini  Spears

Oven Roasted Garlic Zucchini Spears

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Oven Roasted Garlic Zucchini Spears

Oven Roasted Garlic Zucchini Spears

Sue Lau
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 4 medium zucchini split lengthwise (6" each)
  • 1/2 cup roasted garlic cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons crushed seasoned croutons
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Split zucchini lengthwise and line up on a baking pan.
  • Mash garlic cloves into a paste with salt and black pepper; spread over zucchini.
  • Toss Parmesan with crushed crouton crumbs, Italian seasoning and oil; sprinkle over the tops of zucchini.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until tender; place under broiler to brown a little more if needed.

Notes

From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com
Keyword summer squash, zucchini

Oven Roasted Garlic Zucchini Spears

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