"Concia" of Zucchini: Concia di Zucca

Total Time:
1 hr
30 min
30 min

4 servings

  • 3 medium green zucchini, about 1 pound
  • 3 medium yellow zucchini, about 1 pound
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 zucchini flowers
  • 6 medium cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 bunches fresh basil, cut into chiffonade
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grounds black pepper
  • 1 porcelain or glass deep dish pie pan
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • Freshly grilled bread
  • Trim the green and yellow zucchini at both ends and slice lengthwise into pieces 1/4-inch thick. Heat the olive oil in a deep frying pan until just smoking. Cook 5 or 6 pieces of zucchini at a time until golden brown, turning once, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the pieces and drain on paper towels. Continue with the remaining zucchini until finished. Then cook the flowers in the same way.

  • In a mixing bowl, lightly stir together the garlic, basil, salt and pepper until well-mixed. Place several pieces of zucchini on the bottom of the pie dish until the base is covered. Sprinkle the zucchini with 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons of the herb mixture as evenly as possible and spritz with 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar. Continue layering the zucchini and herb mixture until the zucchini is finished, top with the flowers and cover with plastic. Refrigerate 2 hours before serving. Serve over freshly grilled bread.

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