BAKE for 15 to 18 minutes, until the tops are browned and set. Let them cool in the pans for about 10 minutes, then remove from pans and let cool on a rack.
Note: To make fresh breadcrumbs, place 2 slices fresh bread (or more, if freezing) in a food processor and blend with the blade until fine and crumbly and no large pieces remain. Fresh crumbs can be frozen in a tightly sealed container for up to two months.
These make an amazing summer salad or a delicious topping for bruschetta (recipe below). The possibilities are virtually endless, and the best part is kids love them!
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
4 cloves minced garlic
1 pinch red chili flakes
Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
Sea salt, preferable gray salt, and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoon freshly chopped herbs (parsley and basil pair well)
WASH the zucchini and trim the ends. Using a vegetable peeler, thinly slice the zucchini lengthwise.
HEAT the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Quickly sauté the zucchini ribbons until lightly golden and wilted, about 3 or 4 minutes. Add the garlic and chili flakes and cook 1 minute longer. Add the lemon zest and juice, salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle in the fresh herbs and toss to combine. Serve on bruschetta.
Country-style Italian bread
Garlic, peeled and cut in half
Extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper (to taste, if desired)
GRILL thick slices of country-style Italian bread over medium-hot coals (or under a broiler) until browned and slightly charred in places.
REMOVE bread slices from grill; lightly rub each side with the cut face of the garlic, just enough to perfume the bread, then brush each slice with extra-virgin olive oil.
SPRINKLE with salt and freshly ground black pepper, if you like.
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