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Feta & Herb Zucchini Bake (Straightforward Aspect Dish!)


When you’re looking for a straightforward and flavorful dish to make use of up your zucchini, look no additional than this garlic and herb-infused feta cheese zucchini bake. Bursting with oregano, thyme, basil, and garlic, this straightforward vegetable aspect dish bakes in half-hour and doesn’t require any pre-cooking.

zucchini and feta side dish with breadcrumbs, basil, and fresh parmesan cheese on top

Between all of the zucchini bread, zucchini muffins, and zucchini cookies, it’s solely a matter of time earlier than our zucchini begins begging us for savory herbs and cheese. LOL.

I figured you’d recognize a vegetable-packed aspect dish in between all of the candy choices. My total household beloved this feta zucchini bake, youngsters included. Let me present you the way it comes collectively.

Inform Me About This Feta & Herb Zucchini Bake

  • Texture: Every chew of this casserole is filled with crisp bread crumbs and zucchini that’s baked simply till tender, earlier than it reaches a soggy, over-baked texture. A little bit heavy cream and an egg maintain the zucchini collectively so the dish is like (however not as heavy as) a tacky casserole.
  • Taste: Herby, salty, and tangy with just a little little bit of kick from the elective purple pepper flakes. When you love recent and garlicky herb flavors, you’ll love this one! I take advantage of basil, thyme, and oregano, however be happy to swap in some parsley and/or rosemary.
  • Ease: All you’re doing is mixing a lot of the substances collectively and spreading them right into a casserole dish. There’s no pre-cooking required, however the zucchini advantages from a fast 10 minute blot/drain to rid some moisture.

A number of texture, a number of taste, little prepwork!

Seize These Substances:

Every ingredient has a selected job, so I don’t advocate leaving any out. Nonetheless, be happy to substitute with my recommendations. Right here’s a quick rundown so that you perceive the significance of every:

  1. Feta Cheese: Tangy crumbled feta cheese is my advisable selection for this dish, however shredded white cheddar, smoked gouda, Gruyère, or pepper jack for just a little kick could be nice options.
  2. Basil, Oregano, & Thyme: Taste! I take advantage of a mixture of recent and dried herbs. See recipe Be aware beneath.
  3. Salt & Pepper: Extra taste! Additionally, just a little salt helps draw out some zucchini moisture in step 1.
  4. Garlic & Onion: Much more taste!
  5. Breadcrumbs: Breadcrumbs assist give the dish some substance. Combine some in with the zucchini and different substances after which prime the dish with extra breadcrumbs earlier than baking.
  6. Egg & Heavy Cream: You want some thick liquid within the combination to assist maintain the zucchini and cheese collectively. 1 egg and just a little heavy cream turned this right into a tasty, hearty casserole. I don’t advocate any substitutes for the egg, however half-and-half works inside the heavy cream. Milk or something decrease fats wouldn’t be perfect.
  7. Zucchini: Zucchini varies tremendously in dimension. You want 1.5 lbs, which is about 3-4 medium zucchini. After slicing and quartering, you’ll have about 6 cups or 600-700g. No must peel the zucchini.
  8. (Non-compulsory) Shredded Parmesan & Pink Pepper Flakes: To complete off the dish, add some parmesan (or extra feta cheese) on prime close to the top of bake time. Earlier than serving, be happy so as to add a sprinkle of herbs and/or purple pepper flakes for a bit of warmth.
chopped zucchini in towel-lined colander

Success Suggestions: Keep away from a Watery Casserole

Zucchini is a really moist ingredient which is why it’s so beautiful in baked items… moisture! In principal dishes and sides like this feta zucchini bake, nevertheless, all of this moisture may give you a really soggy dish. To fight this:

  1. Reduce the zucchini thick: Slice zucchini into 1/2 inch thick slices and quarter them.
  2. Blot/drain for 10 minutes: Evenly sprinkle the zucchini items with salt, place right into a towel-lined colander, cowl and let sit for 10 minutes. Blot calmly, after which use within the recipe.

You additionally need to keep away from over-baking, so observe the baking instructions beneath. If baked too lengthy, the zucchini turns into overly tender to the purpose of tasting mushy.

Combine a lot of the substances collectively in 1 bowl after which unfold right into a greased baking dish:

zucchini feta and herb mixture in glass bowl and spread into white ceramic baking dish

Need some colour? Chop up a purple bell pepper and add it proper into the bowl with every part else.

Bake, lined, for 25 minutes after which prime with parmesan or extra feta cheese. Return to the oven uncovered for five extra minutes. Garnish with purple pepper flakes and/or extra herbs for serving.

zucchini, herb, and feta bake in white baking dish
zucchini feta bake side dish serving on black plate

When you want extra dinnertime inspiration, my dinner & aspect dish recipes assortment is rising! This honey garlic shrimp is the most well-liked selection with readers. 🙂

Serve with These Dinner Favorites

Right now’s feta zucchini bake would pair splendidly with the next:

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Description

Bursting with oregano, thyme, basil, and garlic, this straightforward vegetable aspect dish bakes in half-hour and doesn’t require any pre-cooking. To keep away from a soggy dish, draining/blotting the zucchini in step 1 is essential.



  1. Slice zucchini into 1/2-inch thick slices after which quarter every slice. It’s best to have just a little over 6 cups or 600-700g of quartered/chopped zucchini. Sprinkle calmly with salt (reserve the 1/4 teaspoon of salt for step 3… that is only a gentle sprinkle). Line a colander with a clear kitchen towel or paper towels. Place zucchini in lined colander. Let sit for simply 10 minutes. Blot dry as finest you may.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). Grease a 2.5-quart baking dish. (See Be aware beneath for suggestions on finest pans to make use of.)
  3. In a big bowl, whisk the heavy cream and egg collectively. Stir within the the onion, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, basil, feta cheese, and three Tablespoons (21g) breadcrumbs. Stir within the zucchini. Unfold combination into ready baking dish. Prime evenly with remaining breadcrumbs.
  4. Bake, lined calmly with aluminum foil, for 25 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with 2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese or crumbled feta cheese. Return to the oven, uncovered, and bake for five extra minutes or till zucchini is tender. For a crispier/browner prime, change the oven to broil and broil for the final 30 seconds. (If skipping the cheese topping, you continue to need to bake the dish for five minutes uncovered.)
  5. Take away from the oven and sprinkle calmly with purple pepper flakes, if desired. Leftovers maintain effectively within the fridge in an hermetic container for as much as 5 days. Reheat as desired.


Notes

  1. Baking Pan to Use (affiliate hyperlink): Use a baking dish that holds 2.5 quarts, comparable to a 9-inch sq. baking dish, 9-inch or 10-inch springform pan, or an 11×7 inch pan. The pictured baking dish is the Marin 8×12 inch baking dish from Crate & Barrel.
  2. Heavy Cream: You need to use half-and-half as an alternative, however I strongly advocate heavy cream. Don’t use milk.
  3. Herbs: Be at liberty to substitute different herbs comparable to rosemary or parsley.
  4. Cheese: Tangy crumbled feta cheese is my advisable selection for this dish, however shredded white cheddar, smoked gouda, Gruyère, or pepper jack for just a little kick could be nice options.

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