Saturday, July 11, 2009

Attack of the Giant Zucchini!

The annual attack of the giant zucchini has already begun across America. You love it, but what are you going to do with it all. You can certainly sneak attack your neighbors by gifting them some zucchini, or you can make something with the zucchini and give them that.

A few years ago a neighbor brought over a lovely zucchini soup. When I asked for the recipe, she said (paraphrased) "Just saute some onions and the zucchini in some broth and then add some buttermilk. Sometimes, I add curry powder."

Cooking with the curry powder will make your house smell like an Indian restaurant, so if strong exotic smells aren't your thing (or your husband's, parent's, roommate's, or apartment neighbor's,) you can skip it or add it when serving.

This soup is good hot or cold, and with a quick sub for the buttermilk, is so easily vegnaized. This giant zucchini came fresh from my mom's backyard garden and the onions are from the farmers market.

Curried Summer Zucchini Soup

2 cups unsweetened soy milk
1 Tbs apple cider vinegar

1 Tbs olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1 giant zucchini, cut into bite sized cubes
2 Tbs curry powder (optional)
4 cups vegetable broth or water
Salt to taste

Mix soy milk with vinegar and set aside.

Heat the olive oil and saute the onions and zucchini about 10 minutes. Add the curry powder if using, and cook another 5 minutes until the zucchini starts to soften. Add the broth/water to cover the zucchini and simmer until zucchini is fully cooked. Add soy milk mixture and heat another minute or so if serving hot. Adjust seasonings to taste.

You can also puree all or part of the soup for a thicker texture. I left it chunky and I'm having some now, then I'm off to the beach!

And check out this super giant enormous zuke. Thanks Tara via Guava for the giant veggie link.


Zucchini Breath said...

I love zucchini! I am growing some for the first time and I hope to be inundated around late August (hopehopehope)

I make milk from zucchini for baking. about 1 cup peeled zucchini blended with one cup of water and 2 tbs of ACV makes a great buttermilk sub

I hope you are having a great summer!

DJ Karma said...

Hi, Jen! I have the giant zucchini of which you speak... I will put some of them to good use with that soup! =)

Tracy said...

Yummy! I might have to try this with our beastly yellow squash.

Amanda said...

oh..gotta try this! We're in the middle of a Zuke-lar war here. I think the other side is winning but your soup might just turn the tables. =)

Jen said...

the only way i like zucchini is in bread and broiled. i like to take the broiled zucchini and making a summery pizza with hummus and broiled veggies.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Sounds good to me!

For the Love of Guava said...

hahaha... awesome...

can you imagine how much soup we could make with a giant zuke and a giant onion????

mm... also.. I want to go to the beach!