Zucchini Stroganoff

The classic is Beef Stroganoff, named after the 19th century Russian diplomat Count Paul Stroganov. It is made from slices of beef, mushrooms, and onions sautéd in butter with a sour cream sauce. So here's a side dish that replaces the beef with crunchy mellow fresh green zucchini squash. Alas it is not the prettiest dish, but it more than makes up for it in speed and flavor. Your guest will think it took you hours. Not!

Recipe

Makes. 2 servings

Takes. 10 minutes prep time, 15 minutes, cooking time

Ingredients

2 tablespoons of butter

1/4 pound mushrooms

1/2 pound fresh zucchini

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons of sour cream

About the mushrooms. Regular old fashioned button mushrooms actually work better with this dish than portobellos or the fancier muchrooms.

About the zucchini. Pick a firm, fresh bright green zucchini. Yellow squash works, but not as well.

About the garlic. Believe it or not, this is one of those dishes where powdered garlic works better than fresh.

Outdoor Method

1) Cut the ends off the zucchini and slice into 1/4" disks. Rinse the mushrooms and pat them dry. Yes, you can wash mushrooms. They really don't absorb as much water as you might think. And when you cook this dish, a little water in the sauce doesn't hurt. Cut off the hard parts of the stems and cut them into 1/4" slices.

2) Melt the butter over low heat in a large non-stick frying pan or wok.

3) Toss the zucchini and mushrooms in the butter and turn off the heat. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic.

4) Take out to the grill and dump them onto a grill topper or grill basket. Grill until they are both slightly limp and spoon into a serving bowl. Add the sour cream, stir it in, and serve.

Indoor Method

3) Add the mushrooms and turn the heat to high. sprinkle with garlic, salt, and pepper. Toss or stir occasionally until the mushrooms give up their water - there will be a wet puddle in the bottom of the pan. Continue heating and stirring until the water is almost gone.

3) Add the zucchini slices. Sauté until they begin to get limp, but not until they are mushy. You want a little crunch left.

4) Turn off the heat, add the sour cream, stir it in, and serve.

zucchini stroganoff

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