When a simple summer side dish like grilled zucchini can turn into a rich and original dish
Grilled courgettes are the perfect side dish for the summer, but not only. Here's how to turn them into one extraordinary single dish.
Summer with zucchini
In this season the courgettes are tender and sweet and bringing them to the table is always a pleasure.
They are very versatile vegetables and can be prepared in many ways. Do you know that they are also very good to eat raw? If you are curious, read the article A menu based on raw zucchini.
How to grill courgettes
The easiest way to prepare zucchini is to grill them and the secret of a good grilled zucchini, in addition to the quality of the raw material, is the cut. The slices must indeed be cut in length with a mandolin or with a very sharp knife. The perfect thickness? About half a centimeter. If you use round zucchini, remove the two ends and then cut into slices.
Then heat one grill or a plate which must be hot at the time of cooking. You can also use one no stick pan always hot. In this case it is not necessary to add oil or other seasonings. If you have a barbecue even better, but be careful not to toast them too much.
Courgettes should be cooked for 3-4 minutes per side: remember not to turn them continuously on the plate.
The characteristic of grilled courgettes are the cooking lines and must be well defined on both sides.
The perfect seasoning
Grilled courgettes are also good simply seasoned with oil and salt, but we explain how to make this emulsion very tasty and fragrant for an even tastier side dish.
In a small bowl put extra virgin olive oil, salt, ground pepper, garlic crushed or cut into small pieces, vinegar or lemon juice and leaflets of parsley or mint.
Let the mixture rest for a few minutes and then pour it over the zucchini.
If you prefer a thicker seasoning add to this emulsion also light yogurt.
Recipes with grilled zucchini
Grilled courgettes are not just a side dish, but can turn into more complete recipes.
We offer you in the tutorial some ideas very simple and fast, perfect for the summer.